”Is intercourse safe during pregnancy?”

June 28th, 2011 // faq

Sex is considered safe during all stages of a normally progressing pregnancy.

However, in the presence of certain complications or risk factors, your doctor would label your pregnancy as high-risk and advise against sexual intercourse. Some of these risk factors include;

• a history or threat of miscarriage

• A history of pre-term labor (you’ve previously delivered a baby before 37 weeks) or signs indicating the risk of pre-term labor (such as premature uterine contractions)

• unexplained vaginal bleeding, discharge, or cramping

• Leakage of amniotic fluid (the fluid that surrounds the baby)

• Placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta (the blood-rich structure that nourishes the baby) is down so low that it covers the cervix (the opening of the uterus)

• Incompetent cervix, a condition in which the cervix is weakened and dilates (opens) prematurely, raising the risk for miscarriage or premature delivery

• Multiple fetuses (twins, triplets, etc.) (Not always a contraindication)