When I was pregnant with my daughter, I felt like my entire pregnancy was both super slow and super fast at the same time. But that first trimester? Boy, those first three months just drag on and on, don't they? Maybe it's because you're basically worried about every move you make, even if there's no baby bump to speak of yet. I know that I constantly wondered what I could and couldn't do during those first three months and for mamas-to-be looking to get intimate, wondering is it safe to have intercourse during the first trimester of pregnancy is a constant battle.
Honestly, it's pretty easy to be nervous about sex during pregnancy, especially in those first few weeks. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reported that 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage with most of them happening within the first 13 weeks.
Scary statistic, right? When you're in the first trimester, you're desperate to make it to the second trimester and will do everything you can to keep your baby protected. But does that mean sex is off the table?
Nope. Turns out that as long as your pregnancy is healthy and progressing normally, What To Expect noted that it is safe to have intercourse during the first trimester of pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, sex isn't generally a cause of miscarriages and your baby is more than protected by your uterus and your amniotic fluid.
Will sex be uncomfortable? Maybe. You are pregnant, so if you have nausea, tender breasts, or major first trimester fatigue (the struggle is real), it's understandable that sex may be a little lackluster. But as far as getting it on? Not a problem. In fact, Parents noted that pretty much any thing goes in the first trimester when it comes to sex. Because you don't have a belly in the way (yet), you can still try out all of your favorite positions, and you might even enjoy them a little bit more thanks to your body's natural lubrication from the pregnancy hormones, along with sensitive genitals because of the extra blood flow.
If you feel some cramping after an orgasm, remain calm. This is also totally normal. According to The Bump, your uterus always contracts when you orgasm, but because your uterus is now slightly larger, you can actually feel those cramps. As long as they don't get more intense and are not accompanied by bright red blood, you're OK.
You may have to pass on the raw sushi, glass of wine, and extra cups of coffee, but sex during the first trimester is still on the table. (But you might want to switch to a bed in a few weeks; that's going to get mighty uncomfortable.)