If you’re in a monogamous relationship with a person who you trust and you know is safe, there is no reason that you need to use a condom. However there are some instances where it may be a good idea to use a condom during pregnancy.
Truth: Risks of Infection
Any time you engage in unprotected sexual activity with a person whose sexual health history you don’t know, you put yourself at risk. During pregnancy this also puts your baby at risk, as some STDs and STIs can raise the risk of premature labor as well as problems with baby’s own health after birth.
If in doubt, make sure that you use proper protection or ask your partner to get tested.
Myth: Risks of Getting Pregnant While Pregnant
Although sensationalised stories occasionally surface in the media about women falling pregnant while being pregnant, these cases are incredibly rare. Usually, they’re also due to a pre-existing health conditions, such as a woman who has a double uterus. Occasionally, a second egg can be released by the ovaries several weeks into a pregnancy, causing a second pregnancy – this is called superfetation and can happen when the woman’s body has not properly shut down her ovulation cycle.1 | 2