Can you have sex while pregnant? 0 88

MANY couples ask if sex during pregnancy is safe as they often worry about harming the baby.

This article explains all there is to know about having sex during pregnancy to ensure you and your baby are safe.

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Can you have sex while pregnant?

Having sex during your pregnancy is perfectly fine unless your doctor or midwife has told you not to.

Having penetrative sex will not hurt your baby as they are protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as by the strong muscles of the uterus itself.

Your midwife or doctor will advise you to avoid sex if you’re experiencing any heavy bleeding during the pregnancy as this could lead to further bleeding.

According to the NHS, You’ll also be advised to avoid sex if:

  • your waters have broken – it can increase the risk of infection
  • there are any problems with the entrance to your womb (cervix)
  • you’re having twins, or have previously had early labours, and are in the later stages of pregnancy

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If you or your sexual partner are having sex with other people during your pregnancy, it’s important to use a barrier of contraception such as condoms to protect you and your baby from STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infection).

It’s also important to note that it is completely normal for your sex drive to change during your pregnancy.

Can sex cause a miscarriage?

If you have no complications during your pregnancy, sex and orgasms will not increase your risk of going into labour early or causing a miscarriage.

However, later in pregnancy, sex and orgasm can set off mild contractions.

If you experience this, you will feel the muscles of your womb go hard, known as Braxton Hicks contractions.

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Again, this is perfectly normal and there’s nothing to worry about.

Simply lie down until the contractions pass.

When can you have sex after pregnancy?

While there is no required waiting time before you can have sex again, many health care providers recommend waiting until week four to six after delivery, regardless of the delivery method.

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The risk of having any sort of complications after delivery is at the highest during the first two weeks.

Waiting will also give your body time to heal.

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 40

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

Get in touch with Deidre

Every problem gets a personal reply, usually within 24 hours weekdays.

Send an email to deardeidre@the-sun.co.uk

You can also send a private message on the DearDeidreOfficial Facebook page.

Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

My partner said he was on a work trip – but he was actually getting married and on his honeymoon 0 28

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Send an email to deardeidre@the-sun.co.uk

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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DEIDRE SAYS: I’m so sorry your partner ended your relationship in such a cruel way.

This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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Give yourself time and be kind to yourself. He put you down constantly, now you can start to build up your confidence.

I’d recommend seeing a counsellor to help you with this betrayal and am sending you my Counselling support pack.

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