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Pregnancy Sex and Communication

Sex during pregnancy can be a complicated issue for many couples. The first thing to address with your doctor and your partner is whether or not it is safe. For a woman experiencing an uncomplicated pregnancy, sex is safe right up until your water breaks or you go into labor. But you should always ask your doctor if you have any concerns about sex during your particular pregnancy.

Pregnancy is 40 weeks of physical, hormonal and emotional ups and downs. For some women, sex is the last thing they want to think about between the exhaustion, morning sickness and overall discomfort they are experiencing.

Other women may experience increased interest in sex resulting from hormones and increased blood flow to the genitals. You may find yourself going from one extreme to the other throughout the forty or so weeks of your pregnancy. All of these feelings are completely normal.

Your partner too may experience ups and downs in his desire for sexual activity during your pregnancy. The important thing for your relationship is that you both communicate openly. Talk about whatever physical or emotional feelings you’re experiencing. If you find yourself or your partner is uninterested in sex remember there are other ways to be close during this time. And the desire for sex will return.

When you do find the desire for sex is there, enjoy the moment and have some fun. If anything feels uncomfortable or any position isn’t working for you, let your partner know right away. You may need to experiment to find comfortable positions as your pregnancy progresses. This WebMD article notes positions and sex acts you will want to avoid for safety reasons. But most sexual activities remain safe.

If you have any concerns about sexual activity during pregnancy, be sure to discuss them with your doctor. Once you get the go-ahead from your physician, feel free to enjoy sex with your partner throughout your pregnancy as often as you both want to.

Elizabeth Voyles

Elizabeth Voyles (@evoyleswrites) is a freelance writer and blogger specializing in parenting, pregnancy, and family. In between writing gigs, Elizabeth enjoys playtime with her two young daughters, binge watching shows on Netflix and reading trashy romance novels.

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Elizabeth Voyles

Elizabeth Voyles (@evoyleswrites) is a freelance writer and blogger specializing in parenting, pregnancy, and family. In between writing gigs, Elizabeth enjoys playtime with her two young daughters, binge watching shows on Netflix and reading trashy romance novels.

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