Sexual Intercourse During Pregnancy

Sex can be safe and enjoyable throughout pregnancy. Some people find sex during pregnancy to be pleasurable in new and different ways. During pregnancy, there are hormone fluctuations and physical changes to the body that can increase sexual desire and physical pleasure.

Depending on how far along you are into your pregnancy, your doctor may suggest refraining from some types of sex if:

  • You have a history of miscarriage(s).
  • You have a history of premature labour.
  • Your water has broken.
  • Labour has begun.
  • There is pain.
  • You cannot find a comfortable position.
  • You are in the final three months of your pregnancy and your partner has herpes.

You may want to continue to use condoms for sex during pregnancy to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If you have any concerns about sexual activities during pregnancy, it is okay to speak to your doctor about safe sexual activities and STIs.