During a normal pregnancy, sex is considered safe throughout all stages of the pregnancy. A normal pregnancy is a term given to a pregnancy that is considered low - risk for complications such as miscarriage or pre-term labour.

Expectant mothers often worry that sex can be harmful during their pregnancy. They fear that intercourse could hurt the baby, or even cause a miscarriage. Some are afraid that the baby somehow "knows" that sex is taking place. The baby is well protected by a cushion of fluid in the womb and by the mother's abdomen and is completely safe.

Men sometimes worry that intercourse might cause discomfort or pain for the pregnant woman. Worries like this are common and completely normal, but most of them are unfounded.

As the woman's body changes during the different stages of pregnancy, the vulva becomes engorged and the breasts extra sensitive, and this can lead to an increase in sexual desire in some women.  

If the pregnancy is considered to be high risk, more caution may need to be taken. In this case, the midwife and doctor may advise that intercourse is avoided for all or part of the pregnancy.

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