Oral Sex During Pregnancy – What’s Ok and What’s Not

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Many expecting couples may feel uncomfortable indulging in intercourse with a lively baby kicking and rolling in the woman’s womb during the act. But a couple must understand that intercourse is not only important to ensure that they share an intimate and joyful relationship during this period. Besides the positions that doctors may recommend to ensure the baby’s safety, another option couples may want to try is oral sex.

If you and your partner are looking forward to experimenting with oral sex, here are a few things to consider before you go ahead.

Sex and Pregnancy

Your pregnancy is the result of a union of two bodies and minds in love with each other. While pregnancy itself is a truly life-changing experience for you as you ready yourself to bring a new life into the world, making love during pregnancy, you may have this sudden urge to have sex with your spouse. Sex is an important part of our lives, and you should have enough clarity about it especially during such a delicate phase.

Most pregnant couples have questions about sexual desire during pregnancy, like “Can you make love while pregnant”? and “Can you indulge in oral sex during this period?” Both queries are quite pertinent and should be addressed before indulging in the act.

Remember, your baby is well-protected by the strong muscles of the uterus and its natural protector, the amniotic fluid. Due to this, sexual activity between you and your partner will not affect the baby in any way.

What Is Oral Sex?

Stimulating your partner’s sex organs using your tongue, lips, or mouth is known as oral sex. The licking or sucking of a woman’s vagina or clitoris or a man’s penis is included in this act.

Having sexual intercourse or oral sex becomes highly enjoyable during pregnancy due to increased blood supply to the vagina and labia. In fact, according to research, the chances of pre-term labour decreases if you have regular sex during pregnancy.

Is It Safe to Have Oral Sex During Pregnancy?

Oral sex during pregnancy is safe provided the right precautions are taken by both partners. If you are feeling up to it and are having a normal pregnancy, it is fair enough to enjoy yourself and pleasure your partner as well without having any qualms about it.

Does Oral Sex During Pregnancy Harm the Baby?

Oral sex and pregnancy are related to each other since both conditions share the same body. The baby is unlikely to be harmed due to oral sex. But you should indulge in oral sex only if you are up to it and not when you’re exhausted. 

Tips While Giving Oral Pleasure During Pregnancy

The human body, male or female, pregnant or otherwise, has its own sexual needs and urges. Oral sex can be as pleasurable as the sexes the complete genital and pelvic area including your uterus are engorged with blood, therefore, making it ultra-sensitive. If your partner can keep the tips mentioned below in mind while giving you oral pleasure during pregnancy, you could eliminate any complications that could arise:

  1. Oral sex increases the chances of bacteria from the mouth to be transferred to the vagina, and vice versa, which could pose a great risk as far as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are concerned.
  2. There are chances that you could go into early labour as an orgasm can bring about contractions, leading to premature labour.
  3. Cold sores from your partner’s mouth could lead to the spread of viruses to your genital area which can lead to further complications. The use of dental dams (a stretchable latex rubber sheet placed over the mouth) by your partner is suggested to prevent infection.
  4. Understand each other’s anatomy well before indulging in oral sex, so the act is pleasurable and not painful.

Swallowing Semen While Pregnant

A common question asked by most expectant mothers who wish to have oral sex with their male partner is, “Is sperm good for the baby during pregnancy?” In case you swallow your partner’s semen while pleasuring him orally, then there’s nothing to worry about as the semen absorbed into your system won’t reach your baby. However, it is better to ensure your partner does not have sexually transmitted disease, as you could contract it too. And it could lead to preterm labour and possible miscarriage, among other complications.

Other facts

1. Will Oral Sex Induce Labour?

Whether oral sex can bring out labour or not cannot be said for sure as it is yet to be scientifically proven.

2. Does Pregnancy Lower Sexual Desire?

Pregnancy brings about many changes in a woman’s body, from physical changes to psychological changes. A woman’s bloats, breasts become heavy and sensitive to touch, while mood swings are also rampant. All these changes may make a woman fatigued and she may not want to have sex during pregnancy. The desire to have sex may be dormant for a while, but then you would want physical proximity with your partner to satisfy sudden urges. Sex drive during pregnancy may differ from one woman to another.

The growing body though is a huge physical and emotional hurdle which both the partners find unsurmountable. Oral sex may be the best option in such a case, but this too will depend on the mental and emotional state of the mother-to-be, especially as the big day approaches.

Oral sex is usually safe during pregnancy, but if you want to indulge in it, you must check with your doctor. If she gives a go-ahead, you should practice safe oral sex.

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