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However, your midwife or GP may advise you not to have sex You may also be advised to avoid sex during pregnancy if your partner has genital herpes. If you catch genital herpes for the first time during pregnancy there's a small risk that it could affect your developing baby. It's even better for some women, not as good for others. The thick mucus plug that seals your cervix helps guard against infection. Venous air embolism following orogenital sex during pregnancy, The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.11(2):155-157 Harville EW, Wilcox AJ, Baird DD, Weinberg CR. The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of your uterus (womb) also protect your baby. The only thing you must avoid is having your partner blow air into your vagina. Blowing air can cause a blockage of a blood vessel by an air bubble (known as an air embolism). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.34:1–7. An embolism can be potentially fatal for you and your baby. Bartellas E, Crane JMG et al, 2000, Sexuality and sexual activity in pregnancy.
During pregnancy many couples find that they feel more pleasure from foreplay, oral sex or masturbation So if you can, try to keep some level of intimacy going throughout your pregnancy. A Cross-Sectional Study of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction During Pregnancy.
You may experience abdominal cramps after having an orgasm, as this can set off a wave of contractions.
This is particularly noticeable in the third trimester.
But if you're not particularly happy about the pregnancy or feel insecure about your growing tummy or other issues, this can have a negative effect.
What's normal for one person won't necessarily be the same for you. It's not uncommon for men to feel as attracted as usual to their partner in the first two trimesters, but then to feel less interested in sex in the third trimester Talking to your partner openly about his fears and explaining that sex is not harmful during pregnancy can be helpful.