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The 6 Most Common Fears About Pregnant Sex

By ceridwen |

Sex during pregnancy can be all kinds of things from totally nonexistant to ragingly hot to sporadic and so-so.

Some women find they have an increased sex drive during pregnancy, some feel numb. Some partners love the new curves, some are weirded out by the pregnancy or worried sex will hurt the baby. Also, how’s the relationship? Are you swooning in newly entangled bliss? Or have you been together forever, made a couple babies already, and find that sex is not quite that urgent and immersive but rather a kind of familiar, generally nice but infrequent interlude in a life otherwise ruled by managing schedules, lunch boxes and the dishes?

Is your pregnancy easy? Are you vomiting? What trimester is it? There are so many factors going into the way pregnant sex pans out, I don’t want to generalize.

But I will say that all expecting couples have some kind of anxiety about sex during pregnancy. Pregnancy is a physical and emotional upheaval, there’s no way it won’t affect your sex life. Here are 6 of the most common concerns about sex during pregnancy:

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The 6 Most Common Fears About Pregnant Sex

The baby will get poked.

This is a very common concern when it comes to intercourse during pregnancy. I want to reassure you that the baby is well enclosed in beneath layers of strong muscle, tissue, membrane and fluid and will not be moved-- literally or otherwise-- by intercourse. Occasionally, there's an issue with the placenta or cervix-- the muscular opening of the uterus, which is firm and closed during pregnancy-- and mom is told to refrain from intercourse and possibly advised to rest throughout pregnancy. If you are not otherwise instructed, consider yourself good to go.
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Ceridwen Morris (CCE) is a childbirth educator and the co-author of the pregnancy and birth guide From The Hips. Follow her blogging on Facebook.

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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “The 6 Most Common Fears About Pregnant Sex

  1. joesqroot says:

    I agree, I was very scared of poking the baby too!

  2. Ddp says:

    From about 6 months of pregnancy my kid did not like me having sex. She would roll to one side into a little tight ball that hurt like hell. Probably had to do with my change in heart rate and blood pressure…..the kid made the decision for me

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