Medicine: Pregnant Sex

Does it harm the baby?

Sex during pregnancy has long been one of medicine's gray areas. Obstetricians, with little and conflicting evidence to go on, variously advise couples concerned about harming the baby to abstain totally during pregnancy, to do whatever they want in any month, or to forgo orgasm in later months because it causes uterine contractions and might induce premature labor. Most often, they recommend avoiding intercourse during the last four to six weeks of pregnancy. Now comes a report that is bound to disturb expecting couples—perhaps unnecessarily.

Analyzing the outcome of almost 27,000 pregnancies, Pathologist Richard Naeye of Pennsylvania's Hershey...

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