Pregnancy is famously known for providing women with a beautiful glow, and sometimes that glow turns into all kinds of sexy — pregnancy sex can be amazing because of your full, beautiful body and the new connection you feel with your partner. Now that you're not worried about getting knocked up, you and your partner may also want to go without protection, but you may be concerned that it will have an effect on your child. So is sperm safe for your baby?
The good news is that sperm won't affect your baby at all. According to the American Pregnancy Association, your cervix is sealed by a mucus plug, and in your womb, your baby is surrounded by protective amniotic fluid. These natural measures taken by your body keep your baby safe from infections. So your partner's sperm won't be able to swim its way past your cervix's mucus plug or through the amniotic fluid.
As noted by What To Expect, if you are in the end stages of your pregnancy, however, there may be a chance that prostaglandin, a hormone found in semen, could stimulate your cervix, and possibly induce labor, although this idea has not yet been proven scientifically. The website noted that in a healthy pregnancy, sex shouldn't cause premature labor, so early on in pregnancy, there isn't need to worry.
While prostaglandin suppositories are widely used as a method of inducing labor according to the American Pregnancy Association, there are studies that show sex and semen may not always induce labor, as every woman is different.
According to an NBC News report, a study conducted at the University of Malaya in Malaysia in 2012 showed no conclusive evidence linking sex or the prostaglandin in semen to the induction of labor.
The American Pregnancy Association suggested that if you have a high risk pregnancy, which includes a history of miscarriage or preterm labor, placenta previa, or cervical issues, your doctor may recommend you avoid sexual intercourse. If you experience any cramping, contractions, or bleeding after sex, make sure to call your physician.
So while there is no definitive answer to the role of prostaglandin in semen inducing labor, sperm will definitely not harm your baby because of its natural bodyguards. So as long as you're healthy, and your doctor has given you a green light, flaunt your sexy glow and get it on. Sex, whether pregnant or not, should always be a fun, relaxing way to just let it go.