The experts weigh in on your sex life while expecting!
Is sex safe during pregnancy?
Sure, sex during and after pregnancy is definitely a new frontier, but it doesn't have to be alien territory! Unless a woman is experiencing certain medical problems, sexual activity is safe up until your water breaks.
Will the baby be able to feel us having sex?
"Your baby is not neurologically capable of figuring out that you're having sex and is well-cushioned by the amniotic fluid," says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., author of A Woman's Guide to Sexual Health (Yale University Press, 2004). "If you feel well enough to have sex and are having a normal pregnancy, enjoy!"
What are some safe sex positions for pregnant women?
The old standby missionary position for intercourse might not work for you now. But, there's no time like the present to try a few things you haven't tried before. Try "girl-on-top" in a seated (facing him) position. Try hands-and-knees, spooning, side lying or any position that involves rear-entry. (And no, we're not talking about that kind of rear entry!)
Can I still receive oral sex?
Yes, for the most part, oral sex is also safe during pregnancy. However, if you receive oral sex, make sure that your partner doesn't blow air into your vagina. Since pregnant women's blood vessels are more dilated, getting an air embolism (air in the bloodstream) could be a theoretical concern. (But, who does that?)
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