Sign up for HealthyWomen newsletters: Here's how to make trying for a baby actually fun again. Shouldn't be awkward with my own husband, but it is! However, when women actively avoid sex during their third trimester, studies find that it is mainly because they fear bringing on early labor or hurting the baby. We had two previous losses, so in the beginning we were nervous to do anything. Take it slowly If you're feeling anxious about getting in nookie at all, don't sweat it. With my first, I had bad nausea and couldn't deal with and then the belly showed up. While this is perfectly normal, there are benefits to pregnancy sex. You might notice leaking of a milky substance from your breasts, mild abdominal cramps if your partner fondles your breasts, changes in vaginal lubrication, discomfort and soreness in the vagina, cramping, or a little urine leakage. It's no wonder sex is the last thing on your mind during pregnancy. Moreover, there is no evidence that sexual activity in late pregnancy increases the risk of preterm delivery between 29 and 36 weeks gestation. The next several months will be a time of growth literally and figuratively , wonder and change. Put matter over mind Impediments to intercourse are often more than just physical. What Works, What Doesn't Share on: Some women seem to want to have more sex during their first and second trimesters-although not their third. With my second, we tried once but it hurt like hell and hubby felt bad. However, if you want to have sex throughout your pregnancy and your health care professional gives you the green light, rest assured that you and your baby should be just fine.