You've finally got something cooking in the oven, but does that mean you have to give up sex for 9 months? We checked in with an expert.
According to Fitbit ambassador Natasha Andreadis, absolutely, "most women who are having a normal pregnancy may continue to have sex right up until their water breaks or they go into labour."
The gynaecologist and fertility specialist, who takes on a more hollistic and integrative approach to health, says if you want to get down and dirty, there's no need to shy away.
"Experiment with different positions to find which is more comfortable (for her). It’s important to realise that your baby is protected and that sex during pregnancy does not hurt the baby." says Andreadis. "Use a vagina/ body friendly lubricant (parabens and glycerin free) to minimise chemical exposure to both her and your baby."
Research published in the Health Science Journal backs up Andreadis' words. Findings concluded that, "from a purely medical point of view, there is no data to support the opinion that sexual intercourse should not take place at any time except when explicitly discouraged by a medical professional."
And, even as your partner's tummy expands, there's no need to cease sexual intercourse unless her water breaks or she goes into labour.
"If sex hurts, stop. If you experience some abnormal bleeding or leakage of fluid, stop and see your local GP, midwife or obstetrician, " continues Andreadis who has recently been working closely with Fitbit for the launch of their new female health tracking features.
If you're looking to find the right sex position, Andreadis has 3 suggestions:
- Avoid having her on her back, such as missionary position.
- Lying on her left side will best maximise blood flow to the baby.
- During second and third trimester, spoon style or side by side sex is great for an emotional connection, otherwise from behind.
And if you're worried that the baby might get hurt, you can rest easy. "The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of the uterus protect the baby, and the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard against infection," says Andreadis.
While sex is safe, there may be signs you should stop. If she experiences unexplained bleeding, typically caused by placenta previa or low-lying placenta, dilated cervix, vaginal discharge or abdominal pain.
Just remember to be aware of her comfort levels to avoid any pain and irritation.