It's a question a lot of expecting parents have on their mind: Can sex during pregnancy harm your growing baby? Maria Sophocles to explain. During the first trimester, physical and hormonal changes may deter you from getting busy, while increased vaginal lubrication and blood flow to the pelvis in the second trimester usually boosts the libido. Yet in the third trimester, the body tends to go into nesting phase, often reducing sex drive.
Frequent sex can prevent pregnancy complications
Sex during pregnancy: What's OK, what's not - Mayo Clinic
Between 3 and 5 percent of pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia, a medical condition that is the main cause of complications for both mother and baby during and after pregnancy. Symptoms include increased blood pressure and protein in the urine in the second half of the pregnancy. In the most serious cases the pregnant woman can develop violent seizures that in rare instances can be fatal. Several studies have shown that if they use condoms or have only known each other for a short time before pregnancy, there is an increased risk that the woman will develop pre-eclampsia. There is a greater occurrence of pre-eclampsia among women who are pregnant for the first time, and they often experience more intense symptoms than women who have been pregnant before. There is also a more controversial study that has found a connection between oral sex and a reduced risk of developing pre-eclampsia.
Sex during pregnancy: 7 do's and don'ts for expecting couples
There are lots of myths and misconceptions about how pregnancy happens. Misinformation can cause unnecessary fear around sex and our bodies, and lead to unplanned pregnancies. Read on to get informed, so you can make the best decisions for you about sex, protection, and pregnancy. Conception happens when sperm fertilize a human egg.