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Having Sex After the Mucus Plug Comes Out

Reaching the end of your pregnancy? Learn if it's okay to have sex after your mucus plug comes out.
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May 11, 2017
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If you’re eager to get this baby going, it’s not a given that having sex will help induce labor, but you may as well give it a shot. If you’re just in the mood, that’s ok too!

Simply put, although there’s no guarantee that “natural” induction methods like eating spicy foods, taking a walk or getting busy between the sheets will start labor, I often tell my patients to go ahead and give intercourse a try.

There are some exceptions, though—most notably if you’ve tested positive for Group B Strep, a benign infection in adults but one that can cause respiratory difficulties in newborns. If you have Group B Strep, there’s an increased risk of infection once the mucus plus falls out.

Otherwise, the uterine contractions and release of feel-good prostaglandins that come with orgasm may be enough to nudge your body into labor. And at least you’ll hopefully have a good time getting there!

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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