Sex during pregnancy is not something that usually comes up in conversations. When it does, it’s usually met with a lot of questions, as well as concerns about the baby’s safety. Well, the good news is that pregnancy doesn’t have to affect your sex life. In fact, unless your doctor specifically advises against it, it is perfectly safe to have sex during pregnancy. There are also a lot of benefits for you and your baby, including:
Eases some pregnancy symptoms
Pregnancy can be a lousy time for some women. They have to deal with cramps, weird sleep patterns and weight gain, among many other pregnancy symptoms. Sex during pregnancy can help to relieve all those. The oxytocin hormone released during sex can also help to boost your immunity and lower blood pressure, which is good for the baby.
Sex during pregnancy helps with labor
If you’re at the birthing stage and having trouble with going into labor, having sex may help with that. An orgasm will cause your uterus to contract, thereby inducing labor. Oxytocin released during sex also helps with labor contractions. It’s not guaranteed to work, but it’s definitely worth a try!
Leads to a better postpartum experience
Sex during pregnancy helps to tone your pelvic floor. This will help you during childbirth, and you’ll heal much faster afterwards. It will also bring you and your partner closer together, which will greatly improve your postpartum experience.
Gives you and your partner a chance to explore something new together
Your expanding belly may make sex during pregnancy awkward, but don’t worry. You can use this opportunity to spice up your sex life with new baby friendly positions. These include lying on your sides, or you being on top. Try and avoid lying on your back for too long during sex as this is not a good position for the baby.
Your baby will benefit from all the feel good hormones
Sex will make both you and your baby feel good. While you’ll be basking in the afterglow, your baby will be exposed to all the happy hormones going through your body. This will leave less room for stress hormones like cortisol to affect them. In addition, this will have a positive impact on your baby’s growth before and after birth.