Sex can be very difficult for a woman during pregnancy because she has to deal with health problems such as vomiting and fatigue. Even, the dad-to-be may not feel comfortable to hurt the baby by getting into physical activities although many men feel pregnant woman sexier. There are many couples who enjoy lovemaking when they are pregnant and there are many others who do not enjoy it during the pregnancy.
1. First trimester of pregnancy may not be easy for woman as she feels extremely tired, during this phase but in the second trimester, sex can be satisfying and appealing for some women.
2. In the second phase, the stomach of most of the pregnant women is not fully grown and hence, it may not cause inconvenience.
3. In the third trimester, it is advised to prevent orgasm as it can cause the release of certain hormones, which can cause pre-term contractions and it can be risky.
1. The traditional man on top position gets uncomfortable for a pregnant woman, and other positions such as side-to-side also called "spooning", "hands and knees" and "women on top" are comfortable positions.
2. Women on tops: It helps the woman to reduce pressure on the abdomen and to control the thrust as per her convenience.
3. Side-to-side: Spooning reduces pressure on the abdomen as the partners can lie sideways.
4. Hands and knees: It helps in reducing pressure on abdomen as the hands and knees are used to prevent any pressure on the belly. But during the third trimester, the belly’s size increases and then the position can get tough.
1. If the partner has some kind of STD or infection, it will be safe to use to condom to protect the fetus from infections.
2. The woman should not lie on her back because the uterus increases pressure on the blood vessels as the baby grows and it can increase the overall pelvic pressure, which can cause pain. The position of lying on the back should be avoided altogether in the third trimester as it can cause supine hypotensive syndrome. It is a syndrome, which can cause hypotension (reduce the blood pressure of the pregnant women) and in extreme cases, it may cause death of the fetus. Some of the symptoms of Supine hypotensive syndrome are sweating, dizziness, nausea and hypotension.
3. Blowing air to be avoided: During pregnancy blowing air into the vagina should be avoided as it may cause infection, which travels to the lungs and it can pose fatal risks to the baby.
4. Women, who previously suffered miscarriage because of weak cervix, should not indulge in such activity during pregnancy.
5. Sex should be avoided if a woman has premature rupture (PROM), that is the premature rupture of the membranes and the condition may cause the release of amniotic fluid through a hole before actual labor.
6. If the pregnant woman has a foul smelling discharge after having an intercourse, then she should immediately inform this to the medical practioner and seek guidance.