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Masturbation During Pregnancy: Does it Affect the Fetus?

Masturbation During Pregnancy: Does it Affect the Fetus?

Many pregnant women feel embarrassed whenever they talk about masturbation during pregnancy. Some worry: Is masturbation safe during pregnancy? How about masturbation during early pregnancy? Can masturbation start labor?

But in fact, masturbation during pregnancy can bring many benefits to both mother and fetus. However, pregnant women also need to be careful and note some problems when masturbating so as not to adversely affect health.

Masturbation during Pregnancy: Is it okay?

Some women may experience a decrease in sex drive during pregnancy. Meanwhile, there are many pregnant women who feel the need for sex increases significantly because hormones such as estrogen and progesterone are higher than normal during pregnancy.

However, partners may not always be able to meet your needs. On the other hand, some may be afraid to have sex during their pregnancy because they are worried about hurting their partner or baby. So should pregnant women masturbate?

Safe Sex During Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Research shows that pregnant women can still masturbate. masturbation during pregnancy is considered safe because it does not affect the baby and does not put pressure on the body, unless the pregnant mother has a high-risk pregnancy condition .

In addition, many women find that “pregnancy masturbation” is also an effective way to reduce stress during pregnancy.

Some women experience mild cramping after orgasmic sex or masturbation. This sensation is related to the muscles contracting and it can trigger Braxton Hicks contractions, or uterine contractions (that are not signs of true labor) that gradually decreases in intensity and then goes away.

What are the benefits of masturbating during pregnancy?

Masturbation during pregnancy can help relieve uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms, such as:

  • Morning sickness
  • Sore feet
  • Sciatica
  • Hip or pelvic pain

Aside from these, masturbation during pregnancy also brings many other benefits, such as:

1. Masturbation can bring intense pleasure

Is it okay to masturbate during pregnancy? If you think that orgasms when you are close to your partner are a great thing, self-love can be even more wonderful. Some experts have explained that when a pregnant woman masturbates, the increased blood flow to the genitals and the extra hormones produced in the body can make orgasm during pregnancy more pleasurable than normal.

2. It can boost oxytocin

The hormone oxytocin has the ability to improve mood and psychological health, helping pregnant women overcome the ups and downs that may occur during pregnancy. This hormone will be produced more if you climax during sex.

Therefore, if you do not intend to have sex, masturbating during pregnancy can still help the body make more of this hormone.

3. Masturbation during pregnancy helps strengthen resistance

Pregnant women are often interested in nutrition during pregnancy or gentle exercise to increase the body’s resistance and ensure the healthy development of their baby.

Another way that can help you improve your health is to masturbate during pregnancy, because some studies claim that self-pleasuring can help the body create antibodies against infections and colds during pregnancy .

4. Masturbation during pregnancy helps reduce stress

Some pregnant women experience stress during pregnancy but have not found a way to relax for themselves. Then why not try “self-pleasuring”? This activity will help stabilize your mood because endorphins (or happy hormones) will be produced in abundance.

5. Masturbation during pregnancy can reduce pregnancy-related pain

Some experts believe that self-pleasuring not only unlocks pleasure hormones, it can also help ease pain. In pregnancy, it can help relieve cramping or relax sore or tight muscles elsewhere in the body.

The Health Risks of Frequent Masturbation

What should a pregnant woman keep in mind when masturbating?

Despite its many benefits, you need to avoid masturbation during pregnancy if:

  • Your water has broken
  • The fetus is low in the uterus
  • You are at risk of preterm birth
  • You are experiencing bleeding during pregnancy
  • Your pregnancy is classified as “high risk”

In addition, pregnant women also need to pay attention to the following factors:

1. When masturbating, be careful with sex toys

Some people use sex toys like vibrator to masturbate during pregnancy. If you want to use this device, you should pay attention to clean it thoroughly before using it to avoid vaginal infections during pregnancy.

2. Know when to stop

Always remember that any time you experience pain or discomfort from masturbating and the pain persists afterward, you should see your doctor immediately.

3. Do not use foreign objects when masturbating

Some people want to have a new experience, so they use foreign objects inserted into the vagina or rectum to masturbate instead of using sex toys. Doing this can be harmful to the body because the genitals are very sensitive.

Objects that are not designed for self-pleasure are at risk of infection, damage to the vaginal wall if they have sharp edges or can even be stuck inside the vagina, causing serious consequences.

4. Don’t masturbate during pregnancy if you’re worried

Going through pregnancy is an exciting, yet often worrying time. Therefore, if you are too anxious about pregnancy, or you’re not completely confident about the safety of masturbation during pregnancy, you should not try to avoid causing additional anxiety.

For any doubts or concerns, please consult a trusted Obstetrician and Gynecologist.


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Written by Hello Bacsi Updated Dec 20, 2021
Fact Checked by Bianchi Mendoza, R.N.