When you're pregnant, it's normal to be cautious about everything you eat, as well as the activities you enjoy. You're unlikely to see any pregnant woman chowing down on sashimi and then riding a roller coaster (although that would make for a fantastic day out a few months after the baby arrives). With all of this in mind, you may wonder about your favorite bedroom activities at this time. For instance, is flavored lube safe for pregnant women? Even if you and your partner are devoted fans of the sweet stuff, you may want to take a few cautions into consideration when you're still pregnant.
First off, if you're on the receiving end of oral sex, then flavored lube may not be your best bet at this time. According to Parents, most flavored lubes should be avoided when you're pregnant, as the sweeteners may increase your chances of getting a yeast infection. Because yeast infections are exceptionally common during pregnancy, you probably want to avoid anything that might upset your pH balance down there. Fortunately, there are plenty of specially formulated lubricants that are safe to use during pregnancy, and some of these are also OK for oral sex. So although they may not be the traditional flavored lube you and your partner use, most of these offer a safer alternative to anything sugary.
But do you need to be concerned about flavored lubes if you're on the giving end of oral sex? In general, this should be fine. As with anything else you ingest during this time, though, you may want to check the ingredients list first. As noted by the Blue Boutique, common lubricant sweeteners may range from saccharin to aspartame to stevia. Granted, you won't be drinking gallons of the stuff, but if the idea of consuming any artificial sweeteners during pregnancy skeeves you out, then it may be a good idea to opt for an unsweetened flavored lube — or just go au naturel. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for every palette, so you and your partner can still get down as you please.