Sex During Pregnancy?

Questions and discussion for those who are or have been pregnant (or have pregnant partners), parenting or about options with an unintended pregnancy.
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Sex During Pregnancy?

Unread postby GS_6 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 1:56 am

I heard that having sex prior to birth can help labour start. Is this true? If so, when would be a good time to have sex with my partner? Apparently, 'substances in semen called prostaglandins help soften the woman's cervix and hormones released by nipple stimulation encourage the womb to contract'.

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Re: Sex During Pregnancy?

Unread postby Sam W » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:31 am

Hi GS_6,

So, while those hormones are present, there hasn't been enough research that really bears out the idea that sex can help induce labor. In fact, what findings there are are either inconclusive or suggest that sex does not help induce labor.

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Re: Sex During Pregnancy?

Unread postby GS_6 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:58 am

Thanks for the info.

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Re: Sex During Pregnancy?

Unread postby Sam W » Mon Jun 22, 2020 12:01 pm

You're welcome!


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