Sexual Intercourse Before and After Birth

  • might cause maternal air embolism1
  • may disrupt episiotomy healing1
  • May have pain and swelling 1-2 weeks after the birth from tissue trauma especially if the baby was large, birthed in an unusual position (hospital position include-add link to post), or forceps were used1
  • 14-21 days after the birth most women can have sexual intercourse2

Reasons a Doctor might cation against sexual intercourse3

First trimester

  • Diagnosis of a possible miscarriage
  • Diagnosis of an inevitable miscarriage or abortion (to prevent infection)
  • A history of miscarriages
  • An incompetent cervix
  • A history of infertility
  • Difficulty maintaining pregnancy

Second and third trimesters

  • Diagnosis with placenta previa
  • A history of premature labor
  • Premature membrane rupture
  • 2 or more fetuses
  • A softened cervix several weeks before estimated due date

Postpartum period

  • While the episiotomy and other vaginal tears have healed (can take 7 to 10 days after the birth)
1.
Nichols F H, Humenick S Smith. Childbirth Education: Practice, Research and Theory. Saunders; 2000.
2.
Richardson AC, Lyon JB, Graham EE, Williams NL. Decreasing postpartum sexual abstinence time. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1976;126(4):416-417. doi: 10.1016/0002-9378(76)90628-1 [Source]
3.
Cohn S. Sexuality in pregnancy: A review of the literature. Nursing Clinics of North America. 1982;17(91).
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