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Can Masturbating In The 1st Trimester Cause A Miscarriage? Don't Believe Everything You Hear

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Even though it's 2017, masturbation and sex are still considered "taboo" topics by a great many people. With that social stigma comes a plethora of misconceptions and myths, especially when you talk about masturbation and sex during pregnancy. These misconceptions need to be debunked, like, yesterday. So, can masturbating in the first trimester cause a miscarriage? Just like the "facts" about sex you heard from your curious-but-ultimately-clueless middle school classmates, it's important not to believe everything you hear.

Healthline reminds all pregnant persons (and their partners) to consult a doctor or health professional about whether intercourse or masturbation is safe during pregnancy. Healthline also points out that, in most cases, both masturbation and penetration are perfectly safe during pregnancy, and won't cause a miscarriage during the first trimester. Parenting says chromosomal defects cause most of the miscarriages that happen during the first trimester, so while it's "easy" to blame masturbation, sex, or any other external force and/or situation for a pregnancy loss, more often than not there wasn't anything that caused or could have prevented the miscarriage.

That doesn't mean outdate myths still aren't prevelant, though. Pregnancy Info says people used to believe the contractions of an orgasm would cause a pregnant woman to go into early labor, making masturbation a dangerous activity pregnant women were encouraged to forego. That same myth perpetuated the idea that intercourse was safe, so long as orgasm was not achieved by the pregnant woman. Yeah, that doesn't sound right. Or fair. Like, at all.

When it comes to intercourse during pregnancy, there are a few positions you should avoid in order to ensure you don't hurt yourself and/or your growing fetus, but those positions are usually off-limits later on in gestation. Lauren Streicher, M.D., a Chicago-based OB-GYN and author of Love Sex Again, tells Parents, "Anything goes during the first trimester. When you look at the data on miscarriage, or early pregnancy loss, there doesn't seem to be any connection [between having sex and causing a miscarriage]."

If you're concerned about hurting your unborn baby by having sex, you can definitely lay that worry to rest. Babble reminds soon-to-be parents that so long as your doctor has given you the go-ahead, intercourse during pregnancy isn't a danger to your baby. There are many positions (other than missionary) that you can try throughout your pregnancy, too, including doggy style and spooning and, yes, masturbation, that will pose no harm to your baby.

What can you do to help avoid risks for miscarriage? Parents encourages pregnant women to make sure they're getting enough folic acid. The site goes on to suggest that as soon as you find out you are pregnant, or start trying to get pregnant, you should start taking at least 400 mg of folic acid a day. You'll also want to eat a balanced diet, regularly engage in moderate exercise, and manage as much of the stress in your life as you can. That may seem easier said than done, especially when the internet is rife with rumors (like masturbation causing miscarriage), but trust your body, trust your doctors, and trust your gut. Yes, the one that's growing a baby. Armed with information, you'll likely be able to enjoy a healthy sex life (if you want) while pregnant.