If you are in your last trimester, it is normal to feel anxious about having sex. You and your partner might stop having sex for fear of safety.
Here are some of the common concerns that arise regarding sex during the third trimester:
Safety for Your Baby: If you are feeling comfortable and healthy, there is no reason you should abstain from having sex. You can also make your husband understand that it is safe for the baby. If you have gone past your due date, it may also help to bring on labour.
Safety for You: You can definitely have sex during your last trimester if you are having a normal and healthy pregnancy. If there are no complications, it is safe to have sex until the last day before delivery too.
Enter into Labour: You may experience mild contractions and abdominal cramps with sexual stimulation or orgasm. These are similar to Braxton Hicks contractions, which are signs of false labour. It is harmless and temporary. But you should consult your doctor if the contractions last much longer and do not subside.
Sex Positions: You can try positions that do not put pressure on your baby bump. For this, you need to get creative and experiment on finding a comfortable position. Usually, the spoon position and the side by side position are suggested in the third trimester. You can also try being on the top based on your comfort.
Infections: You might be concerned about chances of an infection for your baby when you indulge in sex during your third trimester. This is the time when your baby’s head drops. Your baby is protected by the amniotic fluid inside the sac of your uterus. As long as you are comfortable during sex, your baby is also safe.
Using Condoms: Any exposure to sexually transmitted diseases will increase the risk of infections for you and your baby. It is safer to use condoms. However, if your partner has ever been diagnosed with any such infections, you should avoid all forms of sex – vaginal, oral and anal.
Apart from the concerns listed above, you may note the following situations when it is not considered safe to have sex during your third trimester:
- Your placenta covers all or part of your cervix.
- You experience bleeding or spotting from your vagina.
- Your water is broken.
- You are expecting twins or multiple babies.
- You have a history of premature labour.
If your doctor has advised you to abstain from having sex, understand whether you need to avoid penetration or orgasm or both. Always discuss clearly any fears and concerns with your doctor. Inform your husband whenever you feel uncomfortable. In that case, you both can still enjoy kissing, hugging and caressing each other too.