A common question we get asked is: Is it safe to have sex in your last few months or weeks of pregnancy?

The short answer: It's totally safe to have sex in the last months of pregnancy!  

Sex During the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

You might be thinking...what about the baby? Are you going to hurt your little sweetheart? The good news is your baby is protected by your cervix and amniotic fluid. Basically, they’re covered in bubble wrap. You’re not going to hurt your baby by having some fun with your partner.

When You Shouldn't Have Sex in the Third Trimester 

Now, it’s never a bad idea to speak to your midwife or OB to check because there are some situations where pregnant women shouldn’t have sex. For example, if you’ve had premature labor, bleeding, or placenta previa, your healthcare provider may suggest you abstain. It’s always a good idea to check with them.

Oral Sex During Pregnancy

Oral sex is also totally safe during pregnancy. The only consideration when it comes to oral sex is that your partner shouldn’t blow air into your vagina because that can result in a dangerous embolism.

Can Sex Cause Labor? 

Have you ever heard that orgasms can induce labor? Well, the hard science on this is mixed: some studies say yes, some say no. Orgasm does involve the uterus and triggers the release of oxytocin, which is also discharged during labor. Semen contains prostaglandins, which can help to soften the cervix. If your water hasn’t broken, and you are low-risk, it certainly can’t hurt to try.

 

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