How to Have Sex during 1st Trimester of Pregnancy

Sex During the First Trimester – Making Love in Early Pregnancy

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While pregnancy gives you memories for a lifetime, it also comes with a plethora of doubts, fears, and uncertainties. This is especially true for first-time mothers-to-be. A doubt that may keep surfacing is whether you can continue having sex even during pregnancy. Yes, sex in the early stages of pregnancy is safe if the right precautions are taken.

How Your Sex Life Changes in the First Trimester

In the first trimester, your hormones fluctuate, and appetite and blood flow increase. The oestrogen and progesterone levels also increase. Hormonal changes, exhaustion, queasiness and breast sensitivity can all contribute to a lowering of your sex drive.

However, there are some women for whom pregnancy invokes body positivity. Fuller breasts, rounded hips, and a voluptuous figure can persuade them to initiate sex more often.

Is It Safe to Have Sex During the First Trimester?

This is what makes sex during the first trimester safe:

  • Your uterus has strong muscles, which strike out the possibility of a miscarriage. During intercourse, the penis does not go beyond the vagina, so your baby is safe. Ensure that your man doesn’t bring his weight down upon your stomach.
  • Also, contrary to popular belief, sexual stimulation or orgasm doesn’t induce labour pain. While orgasm may cause mild uterine contractions, these rarely lead to labour.

What Are the Benefits of Having Sex During Pregnancy?

What’s more, sex during pregnancy also has benefits. Some of these are:

  • Fitness

As sex burns calories, getting cosy with your partner can keep you physically active and fit.

  • Better Orgasms

Pregnancy increases blood flow to a woman’s genitals. So, having sex during the first trimester can give you better orgasms.

  • Happiness

It has psychological benefits too. The release of endorphins during intimacy can make you feel relaxed, happy and better able to cope with the changes happening to your body.

  • Strong Relationship

Pregnancy can impact your sex life negatively and make your husband think that he won’t get as much sex as before. He may also refuse sex to avoid hurting the baby. But, as we mentioned above, sex during the first trimester is quite safe. So, initiate sex during pregnancy to keep your bond strong.

When To Avoid Sex During Early Pregnancy (First Trimester)?

While intercourse in early pregnancy is usually safe for women, it’s not always the case. You should avoid sex during early pregnancy if:

  • You have a history of miscarriages
  • You feel nausea or overwhelming fatigue
  • You’re pregnant with twins or multiple babies
  • You have a low-lying placenta 
  • You have cervical insufficiency (a condition wherein the cervix is not strong enough)
  • Your partner has Hepatitis B or genital herpes, it may get transmitted to the baby via your body

Best and Safe Sex Positions for the First Trimester

Best Positions To Have Sex During The First Trimester

1. Woman on Top

When the woman is on the top, there’s no pressure on the belly. This early pregnancy sex position ensures that neither you nor your baby is affected. You can also control the depth of penetration.

2. On the Side of the Bed

You can lie on the edge of the bed with your knees bent, while your husband stands facing you. This is similar to the classic missionary position. You don’t have to worry about him resting his body weight on you.

3. On the Couch

Kneel on a couch with your belly facing its back and allow him to penetrate from behind.

4. Spooning

Lying side-by-side in a spooning position allows shallow penetration.

Sex Positions You Should Avoid During the First Trimester

Here are a few sex positions that are best avoided during early pregnancy:

1. Standing Position

The couple stands facing each other. The husband lifts his wife up and she wraps her arms and legs around his body. This is a sex position you should avoid as it can exert pressure on the belly.

2. Missionary Position

If you want to do it by the missionary position, make sure you place a pillow under your belly.

Note: A lot of people use scented lubricants to make sex better. It is best to avoid these during the first trimester as they may cause harm to the lining of the vagina.

Things to Remember While Having Sex in the First Trimester

There are a few things you need to keep in mind before having intercourse during the first trimester. These are:

  1.  Oral sex is safe. Ensure your partner doesn’t blow air around your genital area as this may cause an air embolism (blockage of the blood vessels by an air bubble).
  1. Bleeding after sex is not normal. Consult a gynaecologist if this happens.
  2. Cramps during sex and orgasm are normal, but if they shouldn’t happen after sex.

Sex during pregnancy can be as pleasurable as before. You need to exercise caution when you indulge in sexual intercourse so that both you and the baby are safe from harm. It’s best to consult a gynaecologist to eliminate the chances of complications.

Also Read:

Sex During Pregnancy 2nd Trimester – Is it Safe?
Sex During Pregnancy 3rd Trimester – Is it Safe?
How to Keep Your Sex Drive Alive during Pregnancy
Benefits of Sex during Pregnancy

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