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Sex During Pregnancy: Top 4 Questions Answered

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Like many parents-to-be, you might have questions about sex and what’s “normal”. Is it safe? Can it harm the baby? These are just some of the questions that you might not be comfortable discussing with your doctor.

Save time fumbling in the dark searching for answers to all your pregnancy-related sex questions. Here are the answers.

1. Is sex during pregnancy safe?
In most cases, yes. As long as your pregnancy is proceeding normally, you can have sex as often as you like.

You’ll only be advised to extinguish the flames of passion if you have any of the following types of high-risk pregnancy:

2. Can sex harm my baby?
There’s no need for you and your partner to worry about ‘hurting’ the baby during sex. Your baby is well cushioned by a sac of fluid well beyond the neck of the womb. There’s also a thick mucus plug that seals the cervix and helps guard against infection.

3. Can sex during pregnancy cause a miscarriage?
Although many couples worry that sex during pregnancy will cause a miscarriage, sex isn’t generally a concern. Research indicates that early miscarriages are usually related to chromosomal abnormalities or other problems in the developing baby.

4. What about oral sex?
Oral sex is considered safe during pregnancy provided that your partner doesn’t blow air into your vagina. Blowing air can cause a blockage of a blood vessel by an air bubble (known as an air embolism). An embolism can be potentially fatal for you and your baby.

Sources: WebMd, BabyCenter, Mayo Clinic.

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