You can have sex when you are pregnant.

Some women want to have sex more often when they are pregnant, others want it less:

  • During the first months of the pregnancy, many women often do not feel like having sex. They are nauseous and tired and their breasts are painful. Many couples are worried about the future and feel stressed.
  • On the other hand, the vagina, clitoris and nipples are more sensitive. Some women feel like having sex more often.
  • For some women sex during pregnancy is too uncomfortable or even too painful.

Some men find it difficult to have sex with their pregnant partner for fear of hurting her or the foetus.

Not harmful to the foetus

Sexual intercourse cannot harm the foetus because the uterus protects it. Semen cannot enter the uterus. The entrance to the uterus is closed.

There is no risk of miscarriage, but do not have Sexual intercourse if the doctor advises you not to.

Sex is more than penetration. There are different kinds of sex. You can also masturbate, caress, massage, cuddle or have oral sex with your partner.

Pregnant woman standing. The focus is on the internal sexual organs with the foetus inside the uterus.
Detail of a pregnant woman's internal sexual organs. The foetus is inside the uterus. A penis is penetrating the vagina and cannot reach the foetus.

Different positions

You can try different positions that are more comfortable and less painful.

Sexual intercourse during pregnancy example 1: The pregnant woman sits on top of the man.
Sex intercourse during pregnancy example 2: The man and pregnant woman lie on the side, the man behind the woman.
Sex intercourse during pregnancy example 3: The pregnant woman is on hand and knees. The man sits on his knees behind her.

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