How does sexual intercourse change during pregnancy?

Questions about sex and pregnancy are common but many people are afraid to ask them. Sex, in general, is a safe, enjoyable, and healthy thing to do while pregnant and, barring pregnancy complications, it can confirm or even increase the intimacy level between an expectant couple. Your menstrual period is falsely believed to be a "safe" period of time in your monthly cycle when you can have unprotected sex and not get pregnant. This is actually a myth, and nothing is further from the truth. The simple answer is that it is possible to get pregnant from having sex while you have your period.

Sex is safe during a healthy pregnancy, even if a little spotting or bleeding occurs. Spotting is fairly common in early pregnancy and is usually nothing to worry about. If it happens, do let your doctor know about it. It could be a normal response to changing hormones but it could also signal an underlying medical condition that requires attention. If cramping or bleeding occur during or after sexual intercourse, put that part of the love life on hold until after discussing the symptoms with a physician. Most women will be given a clean bill of health and the OK to proceed with the fun and games but some complications of pregnancy may require abstinence for the duration.

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