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Is it safe to have sex in the third trimester?

6 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: It is safe to have sex throughout pregnancy unless you have been diagnosed with certain complications of pregnancy. Placenta previa or preterm labor would be examples where your doctor would tell you to avoid intercourse.
Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: In a normal pregnancy with no identified complications, it is typically safe to have sexual intercourse until the onset of labor. If any high risk pregnancy conditions are present such as preterm labor or placenta previa, history of cervical insufficiency with cerclage, or unexplained vaginal bleeding, intercourse should be avoided.
Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Yes: In the absence of complications (bleeding, preterm labor, etc) sex is ok. If you are concerned, bring it up at your next appointment.
Dr. Jaime Lopez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Yes: As long as you are not at risk for bleeding, premature labor, or other risks, patients can have sex until delivery.
Dr. Quynh-Thu Gigi Doan
Dr. Quynh-Thu Gigi Doananswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
Yes: For the most part, it is safe. However, there are certain things to be mindful of. If your doctor has told you not to have intercourse because of the position of your placenta, ie, placenta previa, then it is not safe. The other thing to be careful about is that sex can stir up contractions, so even though you may be in your third trimester, it can sometimes cause you to go into preterm labor.
Dr. Marvin Stein
Urology 51 years experience
Yes: Use protection nothing too forceful.

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