Getting Pregnant For Dummies
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Pregnant women are not only allowed to have sex, but often they crave it. But is it okay to enjoy sexual intercourse to the point of orgasm? After all, orgasms are nothing more than contractions — and people have suggested that this could trigger labor. This is just a myth. In point of fact, pregnant women can have orgasms safely and without concern.

Keep in mind that some women feel even more aroused while pregnant than when they’re not pregnant because the added blood flow in the area mimics the vasocongestion (when her genital area fills with extra blood) that occurs during sexual excitation.

Some people have heard that it’s dangerous to the fetus if the woman has an orgasm. This is unequivocally untrue. Although an orgasm triggers contractions in both pregnant and nonpregnant women, including contractions in the uterus, these contractions are not the same type of contractions associated with labor. Nor will they trigger labor contractions. Therefore, pregnant women can have all the orgasms they want up until the moment of giving birth.

Some obstetricians even suggest to an overdue woman that she have sex because it will relax her and possibly facilitate the birth.

What about the baby? Will it bother him or her if the couple has sex? Sexual activity may wake the baby and cause him or her to move around, which is a good sign because it shows that the baby’s alert. One theory suggests that the endorphins triggered by an orgasm that make the mother feel good will also make the baby feel good, but there’s no proof of that. The baby may react in some other physical ways, such as increased heartbeat, but intercourse won’t harm the baby. So you don’t need to have any concern on his or her behalf.

Although orgasms are safe, some positions are not. Be sure to use a sexual position that is safe for both mother and fetus.

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Lisa A. Rinehart has been involved in reproductive medicine in the Chicago area for 25 years, currently as a health care attorney and medical practice consultant. She is the executive director of the Kevin J. Lederer LIFE foundation, an active member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and a frequent speaker on all aspects of reproductive law. Dr. John S. Rinehart has maintained an exclusive practice in infertility and reproductive endocrinology in the Chicago area for 35 years. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his fellowship in reproductive endocrinology at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. He serves as a senior attending physician with North Shore University HealthSystem and as a senior clinic educator for the Pritzker School of Medicine for The University of Chicago.

Dr. John Rinehart has maintained his practice in infertility and reproductive endocrinology for 35 years. He is a Senior Educator at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Lisa Rinehart is a healthcare attorney and medical practice consultant and a frequent speaker on reproductive law. Jackie Thompson is the author of Fertility For Dummies and Infertility For Dummies. She is also a former fertility patient. Jackie Meyers-Thompson is managing partner of Coppock-Meyers Public Relations/J.D. Thompson Communications. She is the author of Fertility For Dummies and Infertility For Dummies.

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