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The advantages of having sex during pregnancy

By Faeza
13 January 2017

PREGNANCY is such a beautiful experience, yet a number of women tend to deny themselves the opportunity to enjoy sexual intercourse during this time.

COMMUNICATION IS KEY

Sex coach, Tshidi Tsimile, says as long as your pregnancy does not have any complications

and is progressing well, it is safe to have sexual intercourse while you are pregnant. “If you are having an easy and healthy pregnancy, you can have sex until the last day of your

pregnancy. There’s no chance of hurting the baby during sex because the amniotic fluid and your womb are protecting the baby,” she says. “Remember that this is a time when your hormones are doing their own thing. One minute you want him, the next minute you don’t. Keep communication lines open with your partner so he understands what is happening with you,” she says.

ADVANTAGES OF SEXUAL INTERCOURSE

According to Tshidi, the advantages of having an active sex life during pregnancy is that it can help you and your partner maintain an emotional connection, relieve stress and reduce tension. According to an article on whattoexpect.com having sex during pregnancy will:

¦ Improve orgasms: Blood flow intensifies your sexual desire. In fact, some women achieve a real orgasm for the first time ever during pregnancy.

¦ Burn calories: Sex is the most fun way to stay fit.

¦ Lower blood pressure: Sex has been found to lower blood pressure, a good thing as high blood pressure is linked to pregnancy complications.

¦ Speed up childbirth recovery: Orgasms during pregnancy prepare the pelvic floor for childbirth, which in turn speeds up recovery after childbirth.

POSITIONS TO TRY WHEN YOU’RE PREGNANT

Here are sex positions Tshidi recommends for pregnant couples:

? Spooning: Lie side by side with him behind you. This makes for more shallow penetration.

?Woman on top: With this position you can control the speed, depth and pressure of

penetration.

?Side of the bed: You lie on your back on the edge of the bed with your knees bent and feet on the edge of the bed. He stands facing you. It’s like missionary, but he won’t be resting his body weight on you.

?Living room love: Kneel on a couch with your belly facing the back of it; use your arms for support. Then he penetrates from behind. If your doctor has advised against penetration, oral sex is the way to go. “Every pregnancy is different, so if you are unsure,

seek professional advice from your doctor."