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Sexual Activities Without Intercourse in Pregnancy

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 07:29pm
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Intimacy is more than intercourse. For any woman who is feeling too uncomfortable or not interested in intercourse, or the doctor has put it off limits, there are other ways to experience loving feelings and sexual pleasure.

  • Try sharing a warm bath, a gentle massage, caresses and hugging. This allows you to stay physically connected.
  • If it is not against your cultural or personal preferences, couples can engage in solitary and mutual masturbation as an alternative to penile-vaginal intercourse.
  • If it is not against your cultural or personal preferences, oral sex (sometimes called "cunnilingus" pronounced cun-ee-ling-gus and "fellatio" prounouced fell-a-shee-o) is an option. However, if you proceed with this, mind the following qualifications:
      • It can be dangerous to blow air into the vagina, particularly during the last few weeks of pregnancy when the cervix may be slightly open. This can cause what doctors call an "air embolism" (pronounced ehm-bowl-ism). Air is forced between the uterine wall and the fetal membranes, and then enters the maternal cardiovascular system through the placenta. 
      • Additionally, when engaging in oral sex during pregnancy, the male partner should use a dental dam as recommended in the section safe sex during pregnancy.
  • You also might want to use this time to explore some new ways of demonstrating your love for each other. Try new things and experiment. One of the most important ingredients is to talk with each other. You need to tell your partner what feels good and what doesn’t. If at any time there is discomfort, it is important to stop the activity.

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How do I prevent feelings of rejection in my partner?

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 07:39pm
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There may be tough times for both of you when one or the other doesn't feel like having sex. It may be related to being tired or sore or worried about the baby, or it may be a more deeply buried psychological reason that is difficult to pinpoint.

It is very important that neither of you translates a lack of interest in sex into not being loved. This is a challenging time for both of you and you need to be supportive of each other.

If your sex life has become an issue for you, talk about it. Discuss each other's needs and concerns in an honest and loving way and explore other options that will allow you to enjoy each others company. But, if the challenge is too great, turn to your doctor or caregiver for help.They have seen this type of problem in more couples than you might guess, and they won’t judge you.

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