You don’t have to give up your sexual pleasures. Just observe a few simple lovemaking rules to ensure the safety of you and your baby. Start by asking your physician. Don’t be embarrassed—you wouldn’t be there in the first place if not for sex!
Intercourse, as well as dildos and insertable vibrators, are generally safe during low-risk pregnancies as long as you’re careful not to harm the opening of the cervix at the back of the vaginal canal. Use plenty of lubricant (see next chapter), and make sure your toys are ultra-clean. You’re okay to climax, too—as often as you like! It’s a myth that this will induce premature labor. Orgasms during pregnancy can help calm cramping and bloating, relieve headaches and help you sleep better.