For the healthy woman there are few restrictions on sexual intimacy during pregnancy.
However, you can expect to experience some normal changes:
- It is normal for your feelings about sex to change during this time. You may go through temporary periods when your desire for sexual intercourse increases or decreases.
- As the pregnancy progresses and your abdomen becomes large, you and your partner may want to experiment with positions that are more comfortable. Use this time to try different ways of loving, such as touching and massage.
- Usually there is no problem with having intercourse into the ninth month. There may be times when intercourse might be restricted if certain problems develop during your pregnancy.
- It’s common for intercourse to cause a few contractions. These contractions may be uncomfortable for you, but are not harmful to the pregnancy or the baby.
Discontinue intercourse and contact your provider immediately if intercourse is painful, if you have bleeding or an unusual vaginal discharge, or if your water breaks prematurely.