If you have had miscarriages, you may wonder whether it is safe to have sex during pregnancy. You may be worried whether the penetration of the penis into the vagina might accidentally harm the fetus. You may also be concerned about whether uterine contractions during orgasms might cause problems with the pregnancy. It’s totally normal to have these feelings.
Is it safe to have sex in early pregnancy?
It is safe to have sex throughout your pregnancy, including those first 12 weeks after conception. Your developing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as by the strong muscles of the uterus itself. Sexual activity won’t affect your baby, as long as you don’t have complications such as preterm labor or placenta problems. However, pregnancy can cause changes in your level of comfort and sexual desire. Unless your healthcare provider has told you not to have sex, there’s no reason to avoid it — regardless of how far along you are.
Having sex during pregnancy won’t provoke a miscarriage. Most miscarriages occur because the fetus isn’t developing normally.
Miscarriages can be caused by a variety of risk factors.
- maternal infections and diseases
- hormone issues
- uterine abnormalities
- use of certain medications, like Accutane
- some lifestyle choices, like smoking and drug use
- reproductive disorders that interfere with fertility, like endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
You might not feel like having sex in your early pregnancy but you don’t need to avoid sex to limit your chances of miscarriage.
Sex is a healthy and happy part of pregnancy. As long as your doctor gives you the go ahead order, you’re free to do what feels good, whether that’s a romp or a cuddle.