Is It Safe to Try This 'Forbidden' Sex Act While Pregnant?​​​

couple hugging pregnant womanAlthough it's normal for parents-to-be to have concerns, we've heard time and again that having sex while pregnant is perfectly safe. But what about when it comes to anal sex? Is the risque act too risky when you're expecting?

Dr. Alyssa Dweck, OB/GYN and healthy mama® brand medical advisory board member, says no, although there are a few caveats.

Here's the deal:

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"The anal sphincter is very toned and tight, so plenty of lubricant is needed for smoother entry and to decrease discomfort for all women, whether or not you're pregnant," advises Dr. Dweck.

But with pregnancy comes one particular complication associated with anal sex: "Pregnant women very commonly have hemorrhoids, dilated veins around the rectum that may bulge or bleed," Dr. Dweck notes. "Anal sex can irritate and traumatize hemorrhoids causing bleeding that can be quite significant or pain."

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You'll also want to wash or change condoms when switching from anal to vaginal intercourse, as transfer of bacteria from the rectum may lead to potentially harmful vaginal infection.

That said, as long as you have lubricant on hand and are not experiencing irritation, rear entry may actually be a comfortable choice in the home stretch of a pregnancy. Dr. Dweck explains, "Being on all fours, resting on your knees and the upper part of your chest, is a welcoming position for those in the late third trimester, since it takes all pressure of the uterus off the vena cava, a large vein that returns blood to the heart."

What adjustments to your sex life have you made while pregnant?

 

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