Being a mother is woman’s life changing event and this beautiful journey is led through pregnancy. Pregnancy gives a woman lifetime memory which comes with tons of delimma , fears and uncertainities. This becomes even special when the woman is becoming pregnant for the very first time.
The first most doubt of the pregnant lady is whether she’ll be able to lead the same sex life during pregnancy , is there something she needs to worry about and take care of during intercourse in the pregnancy period .
For women it is understandable that it might not be her interest of choice to get engaged in sex during later parts of her pregnancy due to fatigue issues , but sex during early stages of pregnancy is quite possible with the proper and right precautions.
Changes in sex life during first trimester
As there are many changes in the sex life during first trimester such as hormone fluctuate , blood flow increases and there can be increase of appetite of woman.
During pregnancy hormones like estrogen and progesterone rises. Thus rapid hormonal changes make woman fatigue and less likely to engage herself in sex . Symptoms in early pregnancy which may lower the sex desire are :
- Hormonal changes
- Breast Sensitivity
Women feel extremely difficult in embracing sex during pregnancy . Some women even feel like having a whole new mindset and positive feeling about their body. Pregnancy brings bigger and fuller breasts, rounder hips and curvy attractive body making them more intimate with their partner .
Sex during first trimester. Is it Safe ??
The most common question the women having first time pregnancy come up with is , “ is it safe to have sex in the first trimester ?” . The thing which matters most is the muscles of uterus , they ought to be strong enough which kills the possibility of a miscarriage.
During intercourse the penis do not extend above the vagina and thus it does not reach the baby. Ensuring the sex is not too rough and hard.
Myths such sexual stimulation or orgasm has no role to play in starting labour pain , orgasm may cause mild uterine contractions which are harmless.
Time to avoid sex during early pregnancy (first trimester )
Sex is safe in majority of females in early pregnancy but in some this may not be the case. Females should avoid sex during conditions such as having a history of miscarriage , feeling nauseous or fatigue .
Women who are going to give birth to twins or multiple babies or women with low line placenta should stay away from intercourse.
Harmful effects of having sex in the first trimester
Although sex is considered safe during first trimester , but there are some harmful affects also :
- Growing foetus increases load on the cervix and if the cervix is not strong enough then foetus may be in danger. Thus it is better to avoid sex as sex increase pressure on the cervix.
- Having sex with a condition in which one portion of placenta covers the cervix (placenta previa ) may damage placenta and cause harm to baby’s life .
- If the male partner has any kind of STDs like Hepatitis B or Genital Herpes then also sex should be avoided .
Best Sex Positions: Top 7 Best Sex Positions for First Trimester of Pregnancy
Being on Top
Woman on top simply means there is absolutely no amount of pressure on her stomach. This sex position during early pregnancy assures that the neither mother nor the baby will be affected. In this position women has authority to lead the depth of the penetration.
On the side of the bed ( Classic Missionary )
Woman lie with the knees bent on the edge of the bed and her partner stands facing her . It is classic missionary position where there is no trouble of the man resting on his weight on the woman.
Lying side by side , the male partner facing your back is one of the intimate position for sex and cuddling. It allows shallow penetration and may takes few attempts to reach the rhythm going but once the pace is found the couple discovers the pleasure of this low maintenance position.
Communicating with the partner maximizes the pleasure and they feel each move and according to that they can even slow down or speed up their pace with full safety .
This position is suitable in first trimester. In this position the partners lie on bed facing each other which make them feel really intimate and loving. Eye contact has it’s own pleasure and kisses and cuddling is cherry on the cake. Pentration is shallow so one need not to be very much careful. But one can make it even more comfortable by placing cushion under the woman’s bump to support during sex.
In this position the woman only lie back and relax and all the work is done by male partner, and the hands of male partner are also free to stimulate the woman’s breasts and clitoris.
Penetration might be shallow in this position. And if the woman lie on back she may feel a bit dizzy during sex in third trimester, so she should use pillow to prop herself up at a slight angle.
This is an ideal position if a woman has pelvic or back pain and is good for taking the pressure off the back and pelvis. The partner can reach around and can stimulate clitoris while having sex.
This position can also be tried by making the woman kneel on hands and knees at the edge of the bed and making the partner stand at the foot of the bed.
If it feels too uncomfortable it means that the penetration is quite deep so let your know this.
If the woman don’t get too dizzy from lying on back then it is a safe position. The woman can wrap her legs around the waist of male partner , drawing him in. And the hands of the partner are free to stimulate breasts and clitoris.
Woman should use pillows or cushions behind her upper back and head to prop herself up if she start to feel dizziness.
Sex during pregnancy can be just as pleasurable as always. But the only thing required is caution and insight when having sex , so that there is no harm to the pregnant lady as well as baby. So it is best to consult a gynaecologist before having intercourse during pregnancy to avoid certain complications.