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Poking penis threat to baby?

'Can a penis poke the baby in the womb?', and other pregnancy sex questions.
By Scott Dunlop

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For some people the question “will I poke the baby in the head with my penis if I have sex with my pregnant partner” is laughable/ridiculous/ill-informed, but it’s a question that still bothers many men (and women).

Here are a few points which should help to put your mind at ease:
  • An ultrasound taken of a couple having sex while pregnant has shown that the baby is in no danger of being harmed by the penis during sex, according to Huffington Post.
  • If you look at an anatomy diagram of a pregnant woman, you will see that there is plenty of space within the vagina to cope with a typical erect penis- the penis won’t come into contact with the baby as the vagina is angled away from the uterus.
  • The uterus provides plenty of protection for the baby, as does the amniotic sac and a mucus plug which seal off the cervix.
Sex during a normal/low-risk pregnancy (as opposed to one with complications) is generally regarded as safe, but do consult your doctor if you have concerns. Some doctors may recommend abstinence during the final weeks.

Here are some additional pregnancy-sex pointers:

  • Some risk factors regarding sex during pregnancy include:  if you are bleeding or have an unexplained discharge from the vagina, have a history of miscarriage or pre-term delivery, a leakage of amniotic fluid, placenta praevia or an incompetent cervix.
  • If you have oral sex, the man should not blow into the woman’s vagina as the air can cause an embolism which could block a blood vessel endangering mother and child.
  • Don’t have sex with a partner who may have an STI such as herpes, genital warts, chlamydia or HIV.
  • If you experience any pain, bleeding or discharge or continued contractions after sex, consult your doctor.
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Every pregnancy is different, so do consult your midwife, obstetrician or doctor for the best possible advice.

Of course, there is a good chance that your child could have a dented head at birth, but this is nothing to do with being bumped by a penis, but rather either a normal result of the delivery or the fontanelle (soft spot at the top of the head where the skull has not yet fused) which is occasionally slightly sunken.

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