SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- BabyCenter(R), L.L.C., the leading
online resource for new and expectant parents, today announced the results of
online polls showing that 40% of pregnant couples worry that sex during
pregnancy might hurt the baby. Among expectant fathers, fear of injuring the
baby has caused 30% of them to say "no" to sex. Women are concerned as well
-- 21% of poll respondents say it has caused them to turn down sex.
"Even couples who understand that sex during pregnancy is safe can't help
but worry about it. It's natural. As soon as you find out a baby is on the
way, your protective parenting instinct kicks in," said Linda Murray,
BabyCenter executive editor. "You start to examine everything you do as a
potential danger to your child, and anything that seems even remotely risky
causes concern. In my mind, expectant fathers who say they're worried about
sex harming their unborn babies are great dads-in-the-making. They're putting
the well-being of their baby above their own pleasure."
In addition to safety concerns, expectant moms also blame common pregnancy
side-effects -- morning sickness and bloating -- for putting a damper on their
sex drive. Despite these obstacles, 41% of couples say they have kept busy in
the bedroom throughout the pregnancy.
While BabyCenter is pleased to report that fear and bloating are not
stopping everyone, 11% of respondents say they haven't had sex since they
found out they were pregnant. These couples may be needlessly adding sex to
the long list of real pregnancy no-no's, such as using alcohol or tobacco,
eating unpasteurized cheese or sushi, skiing and horseback riding.
"Unless your doctor has advised you not to have sex due to complications
with your pregnancy, it's perfectly safe to keep having some fun -- and doing
so is good for your relationship," said Murray. "Couples face many emotional
and physical changes during pregnancy, and sex is a great way to stay bonded
and enjoy being a couple before the baby arrives."
For some couples, pregnancy actually enhances their sex life. According to
the polls, 8% of couples say they had sex more often and 13% say the quality
of their sex life improved after they became pregnant. Complete poll results
can be found at http://www.babycenter.com/polls/pregnancy .
Pregnant couples, and those still contemplating starting a family, can get
a sneak peek of their future sex life by using BabyCenter's New-Parent Passion
Predictor tool at http://www.babycenter.com/passionpredictor/ . The tool uses
sexual frequency before and during pregnancy to forecast how often you'll get
lucky after the baby arrives.
BabyCenter offers a comprehensive, medically-reviewed overview of common
concerns about sex during pregnancy, including information about changes in
libido and suggestions for comfortable love-making positions at
BabyCenter(R) LLC operates www.babycenter.com, the most visited online
resource for new and expectant parents, and www.parentcenter.com, the leading
online resource for parents of children ages 2 to 8. Offering extensive,
medical advisory board-approved content, BabyCenter's Web sites attract an
average of 3 million visitors each month, as measured by comScore Media
Metrix, and have been honored with numerous awards, including an Online
Journalism Award. In addition, BabyCenter.com and ParentCenter.com offer an
array of interactive tools, a supportive online community, a premium
subscription service, and an online store featuring thousands of products for
parents and children. The BabyCenter(R) LLC family of Web sites also includes
BabyCentre.co.uk. BabyCenter(R) LLC is a member of the Johnson & Johnson
Family of Companies.