8 ‘Facts’ About Sex During Pregnancy That Are Completely Myths

June 13th, 2019   |   Updated on September 16th, 2021

Sex drive changes during pregnancy. Some women enjoy sex during pregnancy. Others don’t. But there are many women who avoid sex during pregnancy because they have been told that their partner’s penis can penetrate beyond vagina. Some women want to ‘protect’ their baby from the dirty talks.

There are many such myths that a pregnant woman is made to believe. Have a look at 8 facts about sex during pregnancy that are completely myths:

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1. Myth: Sex Is Not Safe During Pregnancy

Fact: Penetration is not going to harm your baby. Your baby is protected by the the uterus’ muscular walls. Any intercourse movement is not going to affect her.

2. Myth: It Is Not Comfortable

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Fact: It is perfectly possible for a pregnant lady to think about sex, and to have sex. Sex will be perfectly comfortable in the second trimester. You don’t have to deal with morning sickness. Of course, in the third trimester, sex will be little bit more awkward for the obvious reason.

3. Myth: It Is Not Good For Pregnant Women To Have Orgasms

Fact: Your baby is going to benefit from the big O. Orgasm will increase cardiovascular blood flow, and your baby will also benefit from this.

Lou Paget, author of the Hot Mamas: The Ultimate Guide to Staying Sexy Throughout Your Pregnancy and the Months Beyond , says “orgasm is good for your body, your body image, your heart rate, your relationship”.

Few Facts about orgasm during pregnancy

  • Orgasms are much more intense during pregnancy thanks to the increased blood flow to the uterus.
  • You must avoid orgasm if your doctor has told you that you are at risk of a premature birth
  • The belly changes during orgasm is absolutely normal. pointed or triangular is not dangerous for your baby.
  • Uterine contractions during orgasm will make you feel some cramps. Its intensity varies from woman to woman. Of course, it also depends on how great the orgasm is.
  • Orgasm can be extra amazing for so many reasons.

4. Myth: It Is Not Pleasurable

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Fact: Some women find their genitalia more sensitive during pregnancy; hence they just want more sex. Increased blood flow during pregnancy also travels to vagina, clitoris and vulva that may make your sexual appetites voracious.

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5. Myth: Pregnancy Sex Causes Miscarriages

Fact: Not usually. Sex during pregnancy does not cause miscarriage. But you should be extra careful if you’ve had a threat of miscarriage, a prior preterm birth. Some pregnant women’s cervix is dilated. They should consult their doctor. You may be less likely to suffer miscarriages if you give him oral sex and swallow his semen.

6. Myth: Sex Position Influence The Sex Of Your Baby

Fact: This is one of the most common pregnancy myths about sex. Gender of the baby is determined by the chromosome not the sex position. Science does not back conception position or sexual positions during pregnancy to have the gender of your choice.

7. Myth: Sex Induces Labor

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Fact: More than three quarters of pregnant women aware of this myth and almost half of all women believe it. But the truth is we don’t have enough scientific evidence that support sex as a method of inducing labor.

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8. Myth: Sex At 40 Weeks Is Dangerous

Fact: Women with normal pregnancy can enjoy sex right up until delivery. Woman-on-top, rear-entry and side-lying are some sex position you can attempt. What you simply can’t attempt is having your partner on top.

When To Avoid Sex In Pregnancy

Your midwife or doctor will probably advise you to avoid sex if you’ve had any heavy bleeding in this pregnancy. Sex may increase the risk of further bleeding if the placenta is low or there’s a collection of blood (haematoma).

You’ll also be advised to avoid sex if:

  • Your waters have broken – it can increase the risk of infection (ask your midwife or doctor if you’re not sure whether your waters have broken)
  • There are any problems with the entrance to your womb (cervix) – you may be at a higher risk of going into early labour or having a miscarriage
  • You’re having twins, or have previously had early labours, and are in the later stages of pregnancy

Source: NHS 

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