Sex during pregnancy is a topic that often causes many doubts. In “Faustão na Band” moderator João Guilherme Silva, 18, used the presence of a gynecologist to ask a question on the subject.
“Sexual intercourse up to the ninth month [de gestação] it has been published? How does it work?” Faustão’s son asked the doctor Michele Panzan, who was a guest on the painting “Direct with the Doctor”.
The gynecologist agreed to question the boy. “That’s right, that’s right! Of course you have to know that! It is important! It’s a very common question in the office,” he said.
“Intercourse during pregnancy, normal. It won’t ‘poke’ the baby, it won’t cause any problems for the pregnant woman. Intercourse during pregnancy is highly recommended, except in isolated cases,” Michele said.
That’s correct. If the pregnant woman does not have any health problems, it is possible to have sex throughout the pregnancy after all, penetration sex can be uncomfortable due to the size of her belly. Ask more related questions below:
1. Sex is contraindicated only when there are health risks
According to Carolina Ambrogini, a gynaecologistobstetrician and sexologist from the gynecology department of Unifesp (Federal University of São Paulo), the contraindication only applies in situations where there is a risk of miscarriage; Placenta previa (when the placenta is not forming in the right place and is in the lower part of the uterus and can bleed during intercourse); severe infections; rupture of the gestational sac; or in certain cases of bleeding, hypertension and premature birth.
However, without these problems, it is possible to have sexual intercourse until the end of pregnancy.
2. Libido can be affected
Some pregnant women may also experience a drop in libido, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy, but this should not be interpreted as a natural symptom of abstaining from sex.
According to obstetrician Daniel Rolnik of Hospital das Clínicas, School of Medicine, USP, the reason lies in physical changes that occur due to the action of hormones and can also cause nausea, fatigue and chest pain. However, in the second trimester, due to hormonal stabilization, sexual appetite usually returns and can be maintained until the day of delivery.
3. Sex at this stage can be more pleasurable
It is during this time that estrogen and progesterone levels (female hormones responsible for preparing a woman’s body for pregnancy) increase, as does vaginal lubrication and blood flow in the pelvic area, resulting in more frequent arousals and more intense orgasms predisposed .
4. Baby feels nothing
Even if the birth canal is forcefully entered, the baby will not feel anything. Because she is protected in the uterine cavity by thick muscles, the amniotic sac and the amniotic fluid, which prevent any contact between her and the penis that does not even touch the outside of the cervix. At the entrance to the uterus there is still a layer of mucus that seals the organ against bacteria and is excreted by the body shortly before birth.
5. Be careful with anal sex and vibrators
They require greater care and should be avoided if possible. However, the pregnant woman usually has somewhat lower immunity than other women and can suffer infections if there is a lack of hygiene when handling the device or if the anal and vaginal regions come into contact. The risk of hemorrhoids is also high, especially in late pregnancy.
6. It’s a chance to test new positions
Regarding the positions for performing the sexual act, Ambrogini clarifies that given the anatomical changes that occur during pregnancy, it is necessary to test variations that do not cause discomfort.
“By the end of the pregnancy, most pregnant women feel more comfortable on their partner. They also usually lie on their side in bed, especially from the 20th week, when the stomach is bigger and they can no longer be ‘father and mother’,” he explains.
7. Sperm poses no risk to the baby
A healthy sperm ejaculated in the vagina does not pose any risk to the baby, but attention must be paid to hygiene and prevention of STIs (sexually transmitted infections). “Syphilis, for example, is caused by a bacterium that manages to infect the placenta and the fetus, with consequential damage and even risking life,” says Rodolfo Favaretto, a urologist at São Lucas Hospital and a specialist at the SBU (Brazilian Society for Urology). . . ).
8. Orgasms help induce labor, but calm down…
Speaking of orgasms, do you know that they release oxytocin, a hormone that plays an important role in pregnancy, especially after the third trimester. In addition to lowering blood pressure which tends to rise at this stage and, if left unchecked, can trigger preeclampsia the substance induces uterine contractions for labour.
But calm down! Early in pregnancy, these contractions, and even the temporary hardening of the uterus, are not enough to induce labor and only become more noticeable as the uterus is dilated and towards the end of the pregnancy.
And to get a result, the stimulation must be intense and last at least an hour. “Semen also contains an oxytocinlike substance, prostaglandin, which induces labor, but only when the baby is about to be born,” the doctor explains.
* With information from a report published on 11/18/2019.