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Can you still have sex if you’re pregnant?

Yes, a woman can still have sex when she’s pregnant. In fact, having sex can help reduce stress and the tensions that can build up during pregnancy.

Most women who want to are able to enjoy sex throughout pregnancy. A pregnant woman should avoid vaginal intercourse if either partner has a herpes sore or if she

  • has a high risk of miscarriage
  • has a high risk of premature labor
  • has broken her water
  • has pain
  • believes labor has begun
  • is unable to find a comfortable position

If a couple wants to avoid vaginal intercourse, they might want to explore body rubbing, mutual masturbation, and oral sex.

Keep in mind that a pregnant woman is still at risk for sexually transmitted infections, and many of these infections can be harmful to the woman and fetus. Latex or internal condoms reduce the risk of transmitting infections.

Tags: pregnancy, sex