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When Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe? 5 Reasons To Pass On Intercourse

There are a ton of things that are off limits when you're pregnant. No alcohol, no sushi, no changing the litter box (OK, that one's awesome). But sex, luckily, is not. Sex during pregnancy can be a lot of things — awkward, amazing, uncomfortable, mind-blowing, but is it always OK? When is sex during pregnancy safe?

For those of you looking forward to the big O while pregnant, you'll be happy to know that, in general, sex is safe during your entire pregnancy. According to Parents, the majority of pregnant women are able to indulge in sex right up until their due date.

It's totally normal to be nervous about sex during pregnancy. After all, you're carrying your little womb-mate around with you. But the American Pregnancy Association notes that sex during pregnancy is safe for both you and your baby. Your baby is protected by not only the amniotic fluid surrounding them, but your cervix is also sealed off. Your baby is basically in their own fort, completely safe from all angles.

However from a personal angle, sex may feel better or worse during certain points of your pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, many women find that sex during early pregnancy is virtually impossible because of their own discomfort and symptoms. Things like breast tenderness, fatigue, nausea, and all of those pesky up and down hormones may make sex feel like the worst possible thing you can do.

As your pregnancy progresses, you may find yourself feeling better during your second trimester and even experiencing an increase in sex drive. But by the last few weeks, you might be so uncomfortable, swollen, and done with your pregnancy that sex sounds like some kind of punishment. Or you're that glowing mom-to-be that still has tons of energy and craves sex like I craved milkshakes. (I'm not jealous of you at all.)

Regardless of what point you are at, as long as your pregnancy is healthy and progressing normally, you're safe to enjoy sex. You should always speak to your doctor about any concerns, but there are a few times when sex during pregnancy is not recommended, at least until you are given the OK by your OB-GYN.

1. If Your Water Has Broken

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I feel like you have to be some kind of rock star to want sex while prepping for labor, but some women look to intercourse to help speed up the process. But the American Pregnancy Association notes that sex should be avoided if your water has broken.

2. If You're Experiencing Vaginal Bleeding

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Bleeding isn't always abnormal during pregnancy, but What to Expect notes that you should avoid sex if you're experiencing any vaginal bleeding. It could be nothing, but it's always best to check with your doctor to be sure.

3. If You Have Placenta Previa

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According to the Mayo Clinic, placenta previa is a condition where your baby's placenta is partially or totally covering the opening to your cervix. Parents notes that if you have this condition, you should definitely be on pelvic rest and avoid any type of penetration unless your doctor advises you otherwise.

4. If Your Cervix Opens Prematurely

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Sex is safe because your baby is protected by amniotic fluid and your cervix is sealed, but if your cervix begins to open prematurely, you need to avoid sex notes the Mayo Clinic. This condition is also known as cervical incompetence, and could lead to an infection or premature labor.

5. If Your Doctor Says No

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I know. You're horny, your partner's right there, and you haven't puked in weeks. But if your doctor says no to sex, then you need to listen to your healthcare provider. They want what's best for you and your baby, even if it means skipping an orgasm or two.