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Sex and Pregnancy: Addressing “Knowledge Gaps”

Sex and Pregnancy: Addressing “Knowledge Gaps”When a woman is pregnant, especially for the first time, she might feel anxious about sex. Could intercourse harm the baby? Could orgasm trigger early contractions? Could sex lead to miscarriage?

The caution is understandable; keeping the developing baby safe is a top priority. Unfortunately, many doctors don’t discuss sexual activity during pregnancy, and women don’t always feel comfortable bringing up the topic. They might avoid sex altogether and miss out on intimacy with their partner during a special time in their lives.

Last year, Contemporary OB/GYN published an article addressing some sexual concerns during pregnancy and the postpartum period, particularly the “knowledge gaps” that exist. The authors reviewed several medical studies and synthesized their results.

Here are some of the highlights:

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