Find out how your sex life might alter if you’re expecting twins. You can learn about sex during each stage of pregnancy, changing libidos, natural induction, and other topics. Is it safe, will an orgism induce preterm labor? Will sex in early pregnancy cause twins? We tackle all these issues below!
Research into Twin Pregnancy Sex
Looking for a research study that’s a bit more interesting than the health and habits of mice and rats? Then how about the Sexual Behaviour of Women with Twin Pregnancies published in this month’s edition of Twin Research and Human Genetics?
Researchers from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Vienna, Austria wanted to investigate whether sexual activity in women pregnant with twins changed in frequency and whether having more sex would increase their risk for pregnancy complications such as preterm labor or miscarriage.
During the course of a one-year period, researchers recruited more than 180 women pregnant with multiples from a specialized outpatient clinic at the Medical University of Vienna. Their age at the time of delivery was 31 years, +/- 4.8 years.
After women with higher-order multiples, twin-to-twin-transfusion syndrome and other maternal complications such as pre-eclampsia and placental problems were excluded from participating, researchers were left with 77 women.
Yet 27 refused to answer the researchers’ questionnaire due to the delicate nature of some of the questions. (The questions do ask for some pretty descriptive details!) The remaining 50 participants answered questions while alone recovering in the hospital after giving birth.
The questions included the number of times they had sex during their first trimester as well as their last, condom usage, whether an ejaculation or female orgasm occurred (both have been hypothesized to increase risk of labor), if they felt pain or experienced bleeding following intercourse, their attitudes about sex during pregnancy, and finally, how much time passed between the last time they had sexual relations and the onset of labor.
The results? Researchers found that 82 percent of women pregnant with twins had less sex during their last month of pregnancy than during the first trimester. No big surprise there as most of us who were as big as a house right before giving birth remember, sex was pretty much the last thing on our minds.
Is sex during pregnancy bad for the baby?
What was surprising, however, is that women who became pregnant after undergoing in-vitro fertilization had significantly less sexual intercourse during the first trimester than those women who became pregnant with twins naturally or “spontaneously.”
Researchers speculated that those in the in-vitro camp were understandably a lot more anxious about their pregnancies and therefore didn’t want to rock the boat. However, there was no significant difference in sexual activity between the two groups during late pregnancy.
Some couples may believe that having sexual relations during this time increases their chances of miscarriage. However, unless your doctor or midwife has informed you otherwise, it is safe to have sexual relations while pregnant.
If your waters have broken then you should avoid sex. If you are pregnant with twins AND are in the later stages of pregnancy the NHS advises UK patients to avoid ses.
Will an Orgism Induce Preterm Labor?
For the second part of the study, researchers compared the women who gave birth prior to Week 34 to those who delivered after, and found no correlation between sexual activity and the onset of preterm labor. In other words, there was no statistical significance between preterm labor and sex during either early or late pregnancy.
What exactly triggers the onset of labor is a subject of debate. The uterus reaches a specific size, gets stretched, or the body becomes physically incapable of providing enough energy to maintain the fetus and the pregnant woman healthy, according to some specialists, at which point labor begins.
When it comes to twins, each of these hypotheses may come into play, increasing the likelihood of preterm labor. Because twin pregnancies are larger than singlet pregnancies, the uterus expands and the body requires more calories, which means labor may begin earlier than with singlet pregnancies.
The reality is that half of all twin pregnancies are delivered prematurely, before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Due to the danger of preterm labor and other probable issues associated with having twins, certain pregnant women are at a higher risk than others when they are expecting.
If your pregnancy is at high risk for preterm labor, consult with your obstetrician about the options available to you.
That’s good news for all those moms-to-be who feel the love! So light the candles. It’s Friday night, baby, and Barry White is calling.
Are Orgasm Safe in Twin Pregnancies?
The topic of orgasms during pregnancy is fraught with mistrust and misinformation, which is understandable. Much of the erroneous information is concerned with the physical reaction the body has during and after an orgasmic experience. Orgasms cause the uterus to contract, which can last for up to an hour following a sexual encounter with another person.
During an orgasm, the hormone oxytocin, which is related with labor and labor induction, is released naturally. The contractions and release of oxytocin during pregnancy were once considered to cause premature labor, however this is not true if you are experiencing a healthy pregnancy. What happens, on the other hand, if you are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy with a higher risk of premature labor?
For the most part, orgasms are safe for pregnant women, but there are always exceptions to any rule. Consult with your doctor about your medical history, risk factors for premature labor, and the influence of orgasms on your pregnancy during this time period.
Will sex in early pregnancy cause twins?
No. Having sexual relations with a man while pregnant is not likely to result in a woman having twins because, by definition, twins are two children born during the same pregnancy. If someone were to have sexual relations while pregnant, and subsequently become pregnant again, these pregnancies would be considered ‘separate’ pregnancies, according to the criteria. Getting pregnant, whilst already pregnant, is however extremely rare.
Sex in the second trimester
Women’s sexual desire and behaviors change significantly throughout the second trimester as well. Couples may find that they have a resurgence in their sexual lives during this era. Women may feel that their libido grows as a result of accepting their pregnant bodies, or that it decreases as a result of accepting their pregnant bodies.
Sex in the third trimester in a Twin Pregnancy
Listen to your body! Most women stop in the third pregnancy because they just feel too big and uncomfortable. One twin mom told us, “I stopped having sex around 28-30 weeks only because it was way too uncomfortable.” Whilst another told us that she had an easy pregnancy and had sex up until delivery.
Based on the facts of your situation, your doctor will advise you of any restrictions.