Sex during pregnancy is OK

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Sex during pregnancy is OK

Last week, Touch, a housewife, asked: “Can I have sex during pregnancy?”

Dr Ky Sivantha, Chef of Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at Preah Kossamak Hospital, said, “For pregnant women who are healthy [and her baby is healthy too], there is no problem with having sex during this time.”

Generally, in the first trimester, mother will face morning sickness, so she might not feel up for having sex. In the third trimester a woman’s large, pregnant belly might make her feel uncomfortable during sex.

However, there isn’t really any danger in having sex during pregnancy.

“While having intercourse, parents should still be mindful not to do something that can affect the baby,” she continued.

Hygiene is the most important thing that a couple needs to take care of before and after having sex. While women are pregnant, their bodies are very vulnerable to sickness and infection.

“There are certain cases when doctor might tell the couple not to have sex during pregnancy,” Dr Sivantha added. Women who have miscarried several times and women who deliver prematurely should not have sex during pregnancy. In this case, parents need to think about their priority – having sex or a baby? If they prefer having sex, the baby’s life can be at risk.

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