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Is it safe to have sex during pregnancy?

The BabyCentre editorial team

Our panel of health writers


Yes. If you’ve had a healthy pregnancy, there’s no reason why you and your partner can’t have sex. The thick mucus plug that seals your cervix helps to guard your baby against infection. The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of your uterus (womb) also keep your baby safe.

Your partner's penis won’t damage your baby in any way while you're having sex. You may find your baby moves around a bit after you've had an orgasm. It's nothing to worry about. Your baby's reacting to the pounding of your heart. He doesn't know what's happening or feel any discomfort.

You may have heard that having sex can bring on labour before your baby is ready to be born. This is not true, as long as you have had a straightforward pregnancy.

If your body is not ready to go into labour, having sex will not cause you to have a premature birth. In fact, it seems that if you have regular sex during pregnancy you may be less likely to give birth prematurely!

There are, however, some circumstances where you may have to be careful about having sex.

If you’ve had any bleeding or spotting in early pregnancy, your doctor may advise you not to have sex until you reach 14 weeks. Your doctor may say it's best not to have sex for the rest of your pregnancy if you have:
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Last reviewed: April 2013

References

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NHS. 2009. Will having sex during pregnancy harm my baby? NHS Choices, Medical Advice. nhs.uk [Accessed April 2013]

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