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Sex During Pregnancy

In most cases, sex during pregnancy is safe. In fact, with your healthcare provider's approval, sexual relations can continue until delivery.

But fluctuating hormone levels and certain pregnancy symptoms, like nausea and tiredness, can temporarily reduce your libido (sex drive). Plus, visible changes in your body may affect sexual desire. Always talk with your healthcare provider about any concerns you may have about sex during pregnancy.

Stop having sexual intercourse if you have:

  • Heavy vaginal bleeding

  • Pain during intercourse

  • Leaking of amniotic fluid

  • Contractions after intercourse that do not go away

Check with your healthcare provider if you have any of these symptoms.

Medical Reviewers:

  • Daniel N Sacks MD
  • Donna Freeborn PhD CNM FNP
  • Heather Trevino