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10 Sex Questions You Might Be Afraid to Ask -- but Should

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Can I Safely Have Sex While I'm Pregnant?
Should you have sex while you're pregnant? Well, that depends on whether you're in the mood.
Should you have sex while you're pregnant? Well, that depends on whether you're in the mood.
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There's nothing like reproduction to put a damper on an otherwise healthy sexual relationship. For expectant mothers (and fathers), sexual intercourse may be the first or last thing on their minds.

Many parents-to-be worry whether it's OK to have sex during pregnancy. The general answer is, "Oh yeah." If the pregnancy is problem-free, you can have as much sex as you want. However, if there are any issues (such as bleeding or leaking, or an otherwise high-risk pregnancy), hold off on the nookie until you talk to your doctor.

One common concern is that sexual intercourse could cause miscarriage. If both mom-to-be and baby are healthy, it won't. Nor will sex trigger early labor, so there's no need to have a bag packed before engaging in foreplay.

Foremost on many worried minds is whether a woman's partner will have any contact with the developing baby while engaging in sex. Put your fears to rest, because the cervix effectively blocks off access to the womb, and the fetus has no awareness of what's happening.

A word of caution about receiving oral sex while you're pregnant -- if your partner blows air into your vagina, it could cause an air embolism, which is potentially fatal to the fetus or the mother. And while we're covering all the bases, don't engage in anal sex, because it could spread bacteria from the anus to the vagina.

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