Sex toys and pregnancy
Using a sex toy during pregnancy is one of the most controversial topics discussed among mums-to-be. But it shouldn't be, and here's why...
Pregnancy is a beautiful and rewarding time for women, but it can also be frustrating from a sexual point of view. Months upon months of little to no orgasms can be tough to take for even the most devoted mum-to-be. But it doesn't have to be that way.
If you're enjoying a normal, healthy pregnancy and your cravings for a decent orgasm have overtaken those for gherkins dipped in mustard, sex toys will come to your rescue.
Is it safe to use sex toys when pregnant?
Although there is no hard scientific evidence to establish if the use of sex toys are harmful or not during pregnancy, experts generally agree that orgasms, even intense vibrator-induced orgasms, are safe for normal, healthy pregnant women.
Using sex toys to stimulate your clitoris during pregnancy is safe as long as you have been given the all-clear by your GP to engage in sexual intercourse and play. Once you have that medical peace of mind, sex toys used in a safe and gentle way can be a great stress release for pregnant mums.
It is also thought that orgasms are easier to achieve during pregnancy because of increased blood flow to the perineum.
What should you be aware of?
There are exceptions to which pregnant mums who can use sex toys, however. If you are at risk from pre-term labour, premature rupture of membranes or bleeding, or any history of abnormal pregnancies, you may not be able to use sex toys without risking the health of your baby and yourself.
If this is the case, check with your Midwife or GP before attempting anything.
There is a slight chance that an orgasm could induce premature labour for women with a history of premature labour, early cervical changes or frequent uterine contractions. Most women visit their doctor's regularly during pregnancy, so discuss any changes there and let your doctor assess whether you can continue using sex toys.
The most important thing to remember when using sex toys during pregnancy is to keep them extremely clean by using Sex Toy Cleaner to get rid of any germs or bacteria build-up after every single use, and keep your sex toy in a clean, dry place and do not share it with your partner.
Internal sex toys are also best avoided during the later stages of pregnancy, as they could induce premature labour. If you crave G-spot and vaginal stimulation, get your partner to stimulate you with his (cleansed) index finger.
What sex toys can you use during pregnancy?
Generally speaking, the safest sex toys to use during pregnancy are vibrators. Even powerful vibrators are fine to use if you have been given the go-ahead for sexual play by your doctor.
In a general context, the vibrations that come from a vibe are mild compared to many other activities and exercises that put much more stress on the body, and as a result vibrations will not harm a healthy baby and mum-to-be.
Many pregnant women choose to use their vibrator to just stimulate their clitoris, labia and breasts as opposed to simulating penetrative sex. It is still safe to use lubricants with your vibrator, as long as you wipe the lube away immediately after climax to prevent any build-up near your vagina.
If you want a tingly sensation when using your vibrator, for example, go for the Durex Play Mint Tingle Lube or Play Feel Lube. If you want a warming sensation, head straight for WET Warming lube or Durex Play Heat Lube.
Small can often mean best
When it comes down to which vibrators are suitable for use during pregnancy, anything that's not too intrusive will work just fine. The Mini Rabbit is an excellent vibe for mums-to-be. At 5 inches tall but with all the same functions as the Jack Rabbit vibrator, this tiny treat is perfect for clitoral stimulation.
The Hitachi Magic Wand is one of the less intrusive clitoral stimulators money can buy, with a soft, flexible head that provides truly intense vibrations and a choice of two speeds.
Finally, get your partner to give you some of that vaginal and G-spot stimulation you crave so much while wearing a Mantric ZingFinger Vibrating Finger Vibrator or DinkyRabbit Finger Vibrator. After all, just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun!