Diseases and Conditions

Sex During Pregnancy

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

However, fluctuating hormone levels and certain pregnancy symptoms, like 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 talk with your healthcare provider concerning any questions you may have about sex during pregnancy.

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

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding

  • Pain during intercourse

  • Leaking of amniotic fluid

  • Contractions after intercourse that do not resolve

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

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