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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Facts on Safe Sex During Pregnancy with Scriptural Quotes

Many parents worry that sex during pregnancy is unsafe. You may also have other concerns, such as whether your partner will still find your swollen body attractive. These things, along with changes to sex drive all affect a woman’s feelings about sex during pregnancy.
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Most women can have sex right until the last month of their pregnancy if they do not feel uncomfortable. It is safe to have intercourse since the baby is protected by a thick mucous plug that seals the cervix and guards against infection.
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Stay protected, use condom
Exposure to sexually transmitted infections during pregnancy increases the risk of infections that can affect your pregnancy and your baby’s health. Use a condom if your partner has a sexually transmitted infection, you’re not in a mutually monogamous relationship or you choose to have sex with a new partner during pregnancy.
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Your developing baby is protected by the amniotic fluid in your uterus, as well as the mucous plug that blocks the cervix throughout most of your pregnancy. Sexual activity won’t affect your baby.
Oral sex, especially during the later months can be a very feasible alternative to intercourse. It may satisfy both partners without any potential discomfort. However, care should be taken that the male partner does not blow air into the vagina since it may cause blockage of a blood vessel which could be potentially dangerous.
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Express love and concern
There’s more to a sexual relationship than intercourse. Share your needs and concerns with your partner in an open and loving way. If sex is difficult, unappealing or off-limits, try cuddling, kissing or massage.
Sex doesn’t cause premature labor
Orgasms can cause uterine contractions, but these contractions are different from the contractions you’ll feel during labor. If you have a normal pregnancy, orgasms (with or without intercourse) do not raise the risk of premature labor or premature birth.
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Alternate sexual position
By the third trimester, physical discomfort is usually increased to a large extent. This may prompt couples to adopt alternate sexual positions so that the discomfort is alleviated. The "woman on top" position may be more suitable and enjoyable than the conventional "man on top" one. The rear entry position may also be tried out.
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Sex doesn’t cause miscarriage.
Especially during the first trimester, many couples worry that sex during pregnancy can cause miscarriage. But sex isn’t a concern. Early miscarriages are usually related to chromosomal abnormalities or other problems in the developing baby — not to anything you do or don’t do.
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Avoid anal sex during pregnancy
Generally, anal sex is not recommended during pregnancy. Anal sex may be uncomfortable if you have pregnancy-related hemorrhoids. More concerning, anal sex may allow infection-causing bacteria to spread from the rectum to the vagina.
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Wait for sometime
Whether you give birth vaginally or by C-section, your body will need time to heal. Many health care providers recommend waiting four to six weeks before resuming intercourse. This allows time for your cervix to close and any tears or a repaired episiotomy to heal.
Please don’t wish this to happen!
Scriptural Quotes:
Bhagavad-Gita, As It Is - McMillan 1972 Edition: Bg: 3. Karma-yoga Bg: 3.34 PARTIAL PURPORT:
“Those who are in Kṛṣṇa consciousness are naturally reluctant to engage in material sense gratifications. But those who are not in such consciousness should follow the rules and regulations of the revealed scriptures. Unrestricted sense enjoyment is the cause of material encasement, but one who follows the rules and regulations of the revealed scriptures does not become entangled by the sense objects. For example, sex enjoyment is a necessity for the conditioned soul, and sex enjoyment is allowed under the license of marriage ties. For example, according to scriptural injunctions, one is forbidden to engage in sex relationships with any women other than one’s wife. All other women are to be considered as one’s mother. But, in spite of such injunctions, a man is still inclined to have sex relationships with other women.”
Bhagavad-Gita, As It Is – McMillan 1972 Edition: Bg. 7: Knowledge of the Absolute Truth: Bg. 7.11: PURPORT
“The strong man’s strength should be applied to protect the weak, not for personal aggression. Similarly, sex life, according to religious principles (dharma), should be for the propagation of children, not otherwise. The responsibility of parents is then to make their offspring Kṛṣṇa conscious.”

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