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Is sex safe during pregnancy?

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Sex is a natural, normal part of pregnancy if you're having a normal pregnancy. As a general safety precaution, some doctors recommend avoiding sex in the final weeks of pregnancy, because the hormones in semen called prostaglandins may start contractions. But other doctors don't think having sex can trigger labor.

From: Sex During and After Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Sexuality and Sexual Problems."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Preterm Labor."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Especially for Fathers."

Nemours Foundation: "Sex During Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "Sex During Pregnancy."

University of California at San Francisco Children's Hospital: "Sex During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Sexuality and Sexual Problems."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Preterm Labor."

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Especially for Fathers."

Nemours Foundation: "Sex During Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "Sex During Pregnancy."

University of California at San Francisco Children's Hospital: "Sex During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 15, 2019

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