Know when sex in pregnancy is prohibited

In most cases, sexual intercourse can be maintained during pregnancy without any risk to the baby or the pregnant woman, in addition to bringing several health benefits for the woman and the couple.

However, there are some situations that can limit intimate contact, especially when there is a high risk of miscarriage or when the woman has suffered a placental detachment, for example.

When sex in pregnancy is not indicated

Some women should avoid having sex since the first trimester of pregnancy, while others may have to avoid this type of activity later in pregnancy. Some of the problems that can limit intimate contact are:

  • Placenta prev;
  • Vaginal bleeding without cause;
  • Dilation of the cervix;
  • Cervical insufficiency;
  • Placental detachment;
  • Premature rupture of membranes;
  • Premature labor.

In addition, in case there is a sexually transmitted disease, both in men and women, it may also be advisable to avoid intimate contact during crises of symptoms or until treatment is completed.

In any case, the obstetrician should advise the woman on the risk of having intimate contact and what precautions to take, as in some complications, it may even be necessary to avoid sexual stimulation, since they can cause contractions of the uterus.

Signs that the relationship should be avoided

The pregnant woman should make an appointment with the obstetrician when, after intercourse, symptoms such as severe pain, bleeding or abnormal vaginal discharge appear. These signs must be evaluated, as they may indicate the development of some complication that could put the pregnancy at risk.

Thus, it is advisable to avoid intimate contact until the doctor tells you otherwise.

When the pain and discomfort arise during the relationship, they may be caused by the weight of the woman's belly, for example. In these cases, it is recommended to try more comfortable positions. See some examples of more recommended positions in pregnancy.