Making love during pregnancy

Your feelings about sex may change during pregnancy. You may find sex very exciting. Or you may not enjoy sex as much as before. You or your partner may worry sex will hurt your baby.

It may not be easy for you to talk with your partner about your feelings. Or you may feel like your partner will not understand. Pick a time to talk when you are not making love. Try new positions. Find other ways to please each other.

Here are some facts about sex when you are pregnant:

  • Gentle lovemaking will not hurt your baby.
  • You can get an infection in your vagina from having sex with a partner who has HIV, hepatitis B & C, herpes, warts (HPV), chlamydia, gonorrhea, or syphilis.
  • Infections may cause problems for your baby.
  • Infections in your vagina may cause your labor to begin too soon.
  • Using a condom will lower your chance of infection.
  • Sex with one faithful partner will lower your chance of infection.