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He also advises people at risk for preterm labor to abstain from sex. “If a woman has a history of preterm labor at 24 weeks and is in the middle of the second trimester, I will tell them to abstain,” he says.
Donnica Moore, MD, president of Sapphire Women’s Health in Far Hills, N.J., adds that “the new report highlights how little scientific evidence there is for the recommendation that doctors tend to make to abstain from sexual relations during pregnancy.”
Many couples are counseled to avoid sex by doctors who take the “better safe than sorry” approach, she says. “With the exception of very severe complications such as placenta previa, it really is not known for sure whether couples should abstain from sex,” Moore says.
“If your doctor recommends abstaining from sex during pregnancy, be sure to ask why and what the basis is for that recommendation,” she says.