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Sex During Pregnancy

Considerations regarding sex during pregnancy:

In most cases, sex during pregnancy is safe. In fact, with your health care provider's approval, sexual relations can continue until delivery.

However, fluctuating hormone levels and certain pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and tiredness can temporarily reduce a pregnant woman's libido (sex drive). In addition, visible changes in the woman's body may affect sexual desire. Always consult your health care provider concerning any questions you may have about sex during pregnancy.

Sexual intercourse may have to be avoided if the following symptoms occur:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding

  • Pain during intercourse

  • Leaking of amniotic fluid

  • Contractions after intercourse that do not resolve

Check with your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 5/18/2013
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