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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 fatigue, can temporarily reduce your libido (sex drive). In addition, visible changes in your body may make you feel insecure and thus reduce your sexual desire. Always consult your health care provider with any questions you may have about sex during pregnancy.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have to avoid sexual intercourse:

  • 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.