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4 Myths About Pregnancy Sex

Well, it's how you got here, isn't it? Ironically, we tend to think of intercourse and pregnancy as mutually exclusive. But just look at yourself: What could be sexier? Your partner no doubt thinks so, too. And you certainly don't have to worry about birth control. Put the following fears aside and go for it. In spite of your increasing girth, it's going to be a lot easier to pull off now than after the baby arrives. (Trust us.)

Myth 1: It will hurt the baby.
Your fetus is so well protected in the amniotic sac that virtually none of the sexual gymnastics you two may be capable of will affect it. Nor will your partner's penis be able to reach the baby. Even if he were that well endowed, the cervix is tightly clamped shut.

Myth 2: It will hurt me.
Though you probably don't want your mate sprawled across your belly at this point, experimenting with other positions (you on top, or sitting on the side of the bed while he stands in front of you, or sitting on his lap) may give you greater enjoyment than ever before. Some women even experience their first orgasms during pregnancy. Why? The genitals are engorged, the nerve endings more sensitive, and oxytocin, the hormone that maintains a pregnancy, is known to ignite lust.

Myth 3: It will cause premature labor.
Not to worry. Stimulation of the breasts does speed up the production of oxytocin, which can cause contractions when you're near term. But, as you will no doubt discover, you can experience lots of contractions without going into labor. There are only a few high-risk situations in which obstetricians recommend abstaining from sex -- a history of premature labor, cervical dilation, or rupture of the membranes; placenta previa (when the placenta covers the cervix and could be damaged); vaginal bleeding; and after your water has broken, leaving the fetus unprotected.

Myth 4: Oral sex is out.
Thankfully, that's not the case, and it will become a convenient option when you get too uncomfortable to have actual intercourse. Just don't let your partner blow air forcefully and directly into your vagina. Doing so could cause a life-threatening air bubble in the bloodstream.