15 TMI Pregnant Sex Facts You've Been Too Afraid To Ask

There are a lot of things you can't do while pregnant. No drinking alcohol, no smoking cigarettes, no riding roller coasters, and no practicing mixed martial arts. But there is one thing you can definitely do during those nine months. For those wondering if can you have sex while pregnant, the answer is yes. In general, sex during pregnancy isn't harmful or that different, and can actually be beneficial to the mother. Still, there are some instances where sex during pregnancy can be really weird, or even dangerous.

As far as pregnancy sex goes, most of it works the same way. Tab A goes into Slot B, and both partners can enjoy it. Of course, sometimes things get a little gross, and sometimes you have to use different positions or restrict what activities you do. And occasionally, what goes on during the act is not at all what you might expect.

For those of you cringing right now, be warned: this list will contain graphic descriptions of sex and bodily functions. For those of you who are fascinated by pregnant sex, get ready, because things are about to get weird.

  • Going Down On A Pregnant Woman Could Kill Her

    Going down on a woman is generally safe, even if they are pregnant, but if you do, never blow into the vagina. It's not fun for the woman whether she's pregnant or not, but more importantly, it can be downright dangerous. That air can form an embolism that blocks a blood vessel. This can be harmful or deadly to the baby, or even the mother, and can cause strokes. This scenario is rare, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

  • Your Baby Can Hear You Orgasm

    Yes, your baby can hear you having sex. A baby's sound of hearing develops around week eighteen of a pregnancy, meaning it can hear the sounds of your heart beat, your voice, and the outside world. By week twenty-five, it may even start responding to the sounds it hears. So, all those moans, screams, grunts, and whatever other sounds you make during sex will, in fact, be audible to your unborn child.

  • Pregnant Women Are At A Higher Risk For STIs

    It's never a good idea to have unprotected sex, but it can be particularly risky when you're pregnant. Pregnancy means that more blood is pushed to your vagina, which makes it swollen and tighter. This means that tearing is more likely, and that blood-borne pathogens can get into your bloodstream more frequently. Even practicing oral sex with someone infected with herpes can spread the disease to a pregnant woman's genitals. 

    On top of that, you can actually pass STIs to your baby if you have unprotected sex with someone who is infected. The diseases can get into the amniotic fluid and eventually to the baby, which will then be born with it.

  • Orgasms Are Better When You're Pregnant

    Even though pregnancy sex may seem a little gross to some people, that doesn't mean it doesn't have its perks. Blood flow is increased to the pelvic region during pregnancy, and that also increases sensitivity. As it turns out, with that increased sensitivity comes super intense orgasms. And if your partner isn't willing to help you out, don't worry, masturbating can give similar levels of pleasure.

  • Anal Sex Can Kill You Or Your Baby

    Having anal sex during pregnancy presents enough risk factors that it can actually be dangerous in some cases. For example, hemorrhoids are more frequent for pregnant women, and that can lead to increased bleeding that can endanger both mother and baby.

    On top of that, going from anal to vaginal sex while pregnant is incredibly risky. Harmful bacteria can be transferred into a woman's vagina that way, potentially causing a harmful infection. This is problematic even for non-pregnant women, too.

  • The Second Trimester Will Make You Horny

    Being pregnant doesn't exactly sound like a sexy time, what with the morning sickness, swelling feet, and exhaustion. Despite all this, many pregnant women actually report an increased sex drive rather than a decreased one, especially during the second trimester. Fluctuations in hormones mean your breasts are larger and more sensitive, and you'll feel a greater need for physical intimacy. This often translates to one horny mom-to-be!