A new study has just been published and publicized, saying that sex during pregnancy is absolutely safe (excepting a very few high risk situations). To which I say: Duh, we knew that.
Not that it's not nice to have a reminder every once in a while, because despite the fact that every single book, website and pamphlet about pregnancy very clearly expresses the safety of sex during pregnancy, people still seem a little iffy on the whole sex in pregnancy situation.
Really, really, are you sure it's safe?
Maybe the questions linger because there's just something conceptually weird about the idea of poking around in there when there's a fetus in residence. Something about using the body for personal pleasure when its primary function is baby-baker.
Or maybe it's just because people are actually looking for an excuse NOT to do it…?
Sex is a positive thing, both physically and emotionally, for both individuals and for relationships. But just because somebody says you CAN do it doesn't mean you SHOULD.
Though the study reiterates what we already knew about sex in pregnancy (It's SAFE) It doesn't do much to address the issues that women-and men-have about having sex when they're pregnant. Getting the green light about the safety issue may help relieve some of your anxieties, or your partners, about any possible detrimental effects to the baby.
But those worries may not be the only things interfering with your sex life.
How do you feel about pregnant sex?
To read more on common fears about pregnant sex, visit Babble's Being Pregnant.