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Is It Safe to Have an Orgasm during Pregnancy?

Absolutely, for most healthy pregnancies, orgasms are safe and can even enhance the maternal bond. They release feel-good hormones, promoting relaxation and pain relief. However, every pregnancy is unique, so consulting with a healthcare provider is wise. Intrigued by how orgasms can benefit your pregnancy journey? Keep reading to understand the full spectrum of maternal well-being.
Valerie Goldberg
Valerie Goldberg

Pregnant women, especially first-time mothers, may be concerned about having sex during pregnancy. An even bigger concern for some woman is having an orgasm during pregnancy, because many people are under the false impression that an orgasm can cause premature labor. As long as a woman is having a healthy pregnancy, it is perfectly safe for a woman to have both sexual intercourse and an orgasm. Unless a pregnancy has complications, a woman will not hurt her baby or induce labor by doing either.

When a woman orgasms, her body will sweat, her heart rate will increase and her vagina and uterus will relax and contract. This happens in both pregnant women and non-pregnant women. The contractions of the uterus and vagina during orgasm leave some moms concerned about orgasming during pregnancy. The type of muscle contractions that happen during an orgasm are the same for all women, including those who are not pregnant, and this type of contraction does not trigger labor. An orgasm during pregnancy does not cause a healthy woman's cervix to dilate, making it safe for both mom and baby.

An orgasm is safe during a healthy pregnancy.
An orgasm is safe during a healthy pregnancy.

Some women — even those who are not pregnant — find that muscle cramping in the abdominal area is rather common after an orgasm. Many women may ignore these cramps when they are not pregnant. During pregnancy, though, the same cramps may frighten a woman. As long as the cramps clear up with in an hour after sexual activity is finished, they are likely nothing to worry about.

As long as a woman is having a healthy pregnancy, it is perfectly safe for a woman to have both sexual intercourse and an orgasm.
As long as a woman is having a healthy pregnancy, it is perfectly safe for a woman to have both sexual intercourse and an orgasm.

Another concern for some expectant mothers is that their child will know sexual intercourse is taking place. There is no way for a baby to know his or her mother is having sexual intercourse. The only thing a baby may experience when a mother has an orgasm during pregnancy is a euphoric feeling from the resulting release of endorphins. This is not dangerous for a baby, who might experience some of the same euphoria when his or her mother exercises or enjoys a chocolate dessert.

An orgasm during pregnancy does not cause a healthy woman's cervix to dilate.
An orgasm during pregnancy does not cause a healthy woman's cervix to dilate.

Sex and orgasms during pregnancy are natural and healthy for most women. Some women may be advised by their doctors to avoid sexual activity during pregnancy. These may include women who have vaginal bleeding, diagnosed cervical issues, high risk for preterm labor or leaking amniotic fluid. All of these issues can be spotted during a routine pregnancy checkup. A woman who is unsure if she should be having sex or an orgasm during pregnancy should always check with a doctor for an evaluation of her individual situation.

Discussion Comments

MissDaphne

@ElizaBennett - I like that qualifier: "all the sex she feels like." For a lot of women, that may be *none* once you reach that "house" stage. But I say get creative and go for it!

I aso had a complication and was put on pelvic rest (no sex or orgasms); I had a subchorionic hemorrhage in my first trimester. (A little spotting during pregnancy is normal, but this was a noticeable flow, so I went to the ER.) My doctor told me to hold off on any sexual activity, or lifting anything heavy, until I had my twenty-week ultrasound and they could confirm it had cleared up. It worked out OK because I wasn't exactly in the mood early on anyway, but by week 20 I was ready to go again! Of course, I was also starting to get kind of big, but we managed.

ElizaBennett

I had to avoid sex and orgasms during my first pregnancy. What started as a little bleeding during my pregnancy turned out to be complete placenta previa - my placenta was covering my cervix. This is a potentially very serious complication. My baby had to be delivered by caesarean section, and in the "old days," I would almost certainly have hemorrhaged during delivery and we both would have died.

Placenta previa is one of the complications that make sex and orgasms (plus exercise) a very bad idea. But during my second pregnancy, I had no such issues. My doula advised me that once I was full-term, sex and orgasms could help encourage labor to start; the prostaglandins in semen ripen the cervix, and the contractions from orgasm might help get the real thing going. But before you are ready, they won't do a darn thing, so it's quite safe for most women to have all the sex they feel like.

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    • An orgasm is safe during a healthy pregnancy.
      By: Santiago Cornejo
      An orgasm is safe during a healthy pregnancy.
    • As long as a woman is having a healthy pregnancy, it is perfectly safe for a woman to have both sexual intercourse and an orgasm.
      By: igorborodin
      As long as a woman is having a healthy pregnancy, it is perfectly safe for a woman to have both sexual intercourse and an orgasm.
    • An orgasm during pregnancy does not cause a healthy woman's cervix to dilate.
      By: Piotr Marcinski
      An orgasm during pregnancy does not cause a healthy woman's cervix to dilate.
    • Cramping in the abdomen is common for some women after orgasm, and should not be cause concern for women who are pregnant.
      By: inesbazdar
      Cramping in the abdomen is common for some women after orgasm, and should not be cause concern for women who are pregnant.