Crazy pregnancy sex myths busted
There are a lot of myths surrounding sex during pregnancy, here we bust those myths
With your hormones raging and energy levels yo-yoing, your sex drive can vary hugely during pregnancy. One minute sex is the last thing on your mind, the next you can’t get your partner into bed fast enough. For some women, pregnancy sex is unbelievably hot, with some having multiple orgasms out of nowhere.
But the good (or bad) news is, pregnancy sex is perfectly safe. Here we bust the three most common myths.
MYTH: Sex causes miscarriage and early labour
FACT: In a normal pregnancy, sex isn’t linked with early miscarriage and won’t bring on labour, not until the very end when you use sex as natural induction. It’s thought a combination of the prostaglandins in semen (which soften the cervix) and the hormone oxytocin (triggered by orgasm) may set off contractions, but it won’t cause premature labour.
MYTH: Sex causes infection
FACT: That thick mucus plug that seals your cervix helps guard against infection. The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of your uterus (womb) also protect your baby.
MYTH: My baby will feel it
FACT: The baby is far too cushioned in the womb to feel a thing. Some dads-to-be really worry about this, but that little baby is protected by so many layers, they’ll be oblivious to what’s going on outside. If the bubba moves around when you orgasm, it’s only because they can hear your heart beating faster - just like it would if you were exercising.
With hormones boosting your libido and extra blood flow to your pelvic area heightening sensation, sex can be amazing during pregnancy. It might just be a case of getting inventive with new positions.
When to check first
If you have a history of cervical weakness, a low-lying placenta or bleeding, check with your doctor or midwife before having sex, just to be safe.