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Could making love during pregnancy hurt my baby?

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Answered by

Dr. Sameer Kumar

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At February 17, 2017
Reviewed AtJuly 7, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am in my 9th week of pregnancy. My husband was out for a month and has returned now. Both of us feel like getting intimate. Since this is my first pregnancy and I have not completed the first trimester, I wanted to know whether making love could hurt my baby. Should we avoid intercourse throughout the pregnancy?

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your doubt is justified. It is recommended that intercourse should not be practised till the 16th week of gestation to avoid any chances of threatened miscarriage. I feel there are other ways to express emotions and intercourse should be avoided during the early first trimester.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Is it perfectly safe after the fourth month? I have not noticed any brown discharge yet. I read that unless one does not get spotting, it is safe to do. What is your opinion?

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

The aim is to allow the gestation adequate placentation by the 16th week of gestation, and then intercourse is safe as mild uterine contractions during sex would not cause separation of already established placenta in utero. It is a complete preventive measure, and you have to understand that. Bleeding is not a good sign during pregnancy in any form. So, I would stand by my advice. Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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