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.
Although some women experience monthly bleeding in pregnancy (known as decidual bleeding), they do not ovulate and therefore can’t fall pregnant.
Myth: Semen Will Induce Labor
You may have heard that sex will induce labor. Orgasms and nipple stimulation can cause small contractions and semen can aid the softening of the cervix. However none of these things will induce labor until your body is ready.
If you are at risk of preterm labor or are placed on pelvic bed rest by your care provider, wearing a condom won’t make a huge difference in the effect sex could have on your body. If you’re told to avoid sex, you need to avoid it completely.