Although some women find pregnancy sex exceptionally great, others are not willing or able to indulge in it for the duration of their gestation. There are even times when health concerns get in the way, and the safety of the mother and/or baby takes precedent over sexual adventures. So when can't you have pregnancy sex safely, and how can you and your partner stay close in the meantime?
Many women have health complications that take sex off the table until the baby arrives. According to the Mayo Clinic, if you have vaginal bleeding, amniotic fluid leakage, or cervical incompetence, your doctor may advise you to avoid sex for the duration of pregnancy. This is just a smart way to protect your developing baby from potential harm. In addition, if you are diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix, you may also be advised against penetrative sex to avoid further complications, as explained on WebMD.
Additionally, sexual stimulation may help trigger the labor process, so women who are at risk of preterm labor are often discouraged from having sex. According to a piece in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the hormones released during sexual activity may help contribute to cervical ripening. If this happens ahead of schedule, your baby might make an early debut. And if you’re carrying multiples, your physician may suggest you stop intercourse a few weeks before delivery time, as noted in HealthDay. Because having more than one baby make an early appearance would be even more stressful.
Lastly, some women just don’t feel up to sex when morning sickness and other pregnancy side effects are messing with their bodies. "Just not feeling it" is a legitimate reason too. So if you aren't up to sex for whatever reason, here are some fun alternative ways to maintain closeness with your SO.