First of all – congratulations on becoming pregnant! Pregnancy brings along with a whole lot of emotions and of course, limitations. You get to feel happy about being able to eat to your heart’s content. The downside is that there are restrictions on what you can and cannot eat during pregnancy since some foods are known to harm the baby.
In the same way, some people think that you cannot indulge in sex while you are pregnant. Just because you are carrying a baby doesn’t mean you have to refrain from having sex. You can enjoy the pleasure by just taking a few precautionary measures and avoiding certain deeds and positions.
Here is a safety guide to having sex during pregnancy:
1. The first trimester:
During the first trimester, pretty much all the sex positions are safe. It is just that you should feel no pain or discomfort while having sex. So refrain from doing anything too rough. Anal sex is a definite no-no as it could cause infections. You should avoid oral sex too as it could cause air embolism which is fatal for both you and your baby.
2. The second trimester:
Now that you have made it into the second trimester, you are safely into the zone of being pregnant with minimal chance of a miscarriage. But this is the stage when you will have restrictions on certain sex positions that will involve you lying on your back. The missionary position will especially put a strain on the blood vessels that carry blood to your baby. There are plenty of other positions that you can enjoy during this time, like the doggy style, spooning and woman on top position. You won’t be able to have full penetration sex during the third and final trimester so indulge in it now while you can – as long as it doesn’t cause any pain that is.
3. The third trimester:
In the third trimester, your belly expands and you won’t be able to have sex like you are used to. The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body. If you feel like it is painful or causing discomfort, then stop. Again, you should avoid missionary position as it can be too strenuous on your back. Avoid any other position that involves deep penetration or puts any strain on your belly as this is not ideal during the third trimester. You can try side spooning position as this will be gentle enough on your enlarged bump.