Some couples worry about sexual intercourse during pregnancy, fearing that the thrusting of the penis can damage the baby. In most cases, sexual intercourse can’t do any damage, but certain conditions may prevent a couple from having intercourse.

The most common signs that sex could cause problems for the mother or baby is spotting or pain after intercourse. If a woman notices either of these things, she should avoid sex until she’s consulted her doctor.

The obstetrician will also warn a woman if she should avoid intercourse after seeing the results of her sonogram — a picture of the baby made by sound waves, which is now a routine part of pregnancy care.

Only about 3 out of 100 women have a problem that prevents sexual intercourse. If you think you might be one of the 3 percent of women who has such a problem, consult your doctor. Even in these cases, that limitation should not stop her from enjoying sex and from seeking satisfaction but only cause her to limit the ways in which she does this.

If the man uses his finger to masturbate his partner, or if she masturbates herself, more care must be taken than when doing this during normal times. Because her vaginal area has more blood flowing to it than normal, it will be more sensitive and so more prone to scratches and irritations caused by fingernails or calluses. If a woman does find that she experiences these types of irritations, be sure to use plenty of lubricant the next time you have sex.

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