If you've been feeling the urge to get it on more often than usual during your pregnancy, you can thank all those extra hormones. Let's say you're in the mood for some loving, but as you and your partner are getting hot and heavy, you suddenly stop. Remembering you have a passenger on board in your body changes the game, and you may start to wonder if this third party will know what's up. What happens to your baby when getting intimate during pregnancy? This thought crosses the mind of many parents-to-be who want to have sex, but worry that somehow their baby will be affected.
Without a doubt, parents want to keep their growing baby safe, but fear that intercourse could bring some harm to their little one. Rest assured your baby is safe. According to Mayo Clinic, "your developing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as the strong muscles of the uterus itself. Sexual activity won't affect your baby." So breathe a sigh of relief that doing the deed does no damage. In fact, your body doubles up on protection to keep your baby safe during pregnancy sex since the mucus plug seals off your cervix, as What To Expect's website pointed out.
It's a relief to know your baby is protected during sex, but what if that doesn't put you completely at ease to jump between the sheets? The lingering question may be: But will the baby know what I'm up to? No one wants to be that parent who traumatizes their child by having sex. Take it from Parents magazine, who reported, the most your baby will feel a little rocking motion during sex. The extra motion will increase circulation to the womb and may cause the baby to kick or move around, but she doesn't know why.
Another thing she won't know: what any sounds might mean. You don't have to worry about keeping it quiet during pregnancy sex. Even though your baby is capable of hearing sounds while in your belly, most sounds outside the womb are ambient noise and have no connections for the baby, as Parenting magazine reported.
If you've been holing off on sex because you've been concerned about how it could affect your baby, worry no more. As long as your pregnancy is developing safely and your doctor has not recommend you abstain, you are free to enjoy as many romps as you wish.