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Sexual Intercourse

Many myths about sex during pregnancy cause needless worry, the most common one being that sex will harm the baby.

The baby is well-protected by the amniotic sac and the mucous plug, which seals off the opening to the uterus. As long as these barriers remain intact, there is no need to worry, and you can enjoy sex throughout the entire pregnancy if you wish.

Although we suggest that your comfort be the determining factor for continuing intercourse, sex should be avoided when:

  • Any bleeding occurs
  • The membranes (bag of waters) have ruptured
  • Penetration causes persistent pain in your vagina or abdomen
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