Will the baby mind a little bump-and-grind?
The idea of having sex when you’re expecting might seem a little daunting… or even scary.
If you’re pregnant, sex might be the last thing on your mind — or the first, depending on what your hormones are doing to your sex drive. But seriously, with all the changes happening to your body and your emotions, you might be wondering whether sex is a good idea — or whether it’s safe for the baby (or babies) growing inside you.
So we spoke to two experts to find out: Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, OB-GYN and clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences at Yale School of Medicine; and Dr. Christine Proudfit, maternal fetal medicine specialist in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at NYU Langone Health.
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First of all, it is safe for most women to have sex at at any point during their pregnancy.
According to both experts, penetrative sex is definitely safe throughout a normal pregnancy — so, that means if you don’t have certain complications that would make sex too risky (we’ll explain those in a bit!). “It is highly unlikely for sex during a pregnancy to cause a miscarriage — in most cases, having sex will make no difference for the health of the pregnancy,” Minkin tells BuzzFeed Health. So if you want to have sex and you get the green light from your doctor, go ahead! It can be a great way for partners to bond and stay intimate as they wait for the baby to arrive, Minkin says.
“Sex is usually still okay if you’re pregnant with twins or multiples, unless you have a complication or your doctor tells you to avoid it,” Proudfit tells BuzzFeed Health. And if you have any new symptoms like pain, abnormal discharge, bleeding, or cramping after having sex — always talk to your health care provider. It’s better to be safe.