09/02/2016 03:49 EDT | Updated 09/02/2016 03:59 EDT

Sex During Pregnancy: Is It Safe For Mom And Baby?

Pregnancy hormones often lead to an increased sex drive for women. But is pregnant sex dangerous for moms and their unborn babies?

The answer is no. It’s actually perfectly safe for expectant moms to engage in sexual intercourse, and studies have shown that there are actual health benefits for doing so. These include lowering a woman’s blood pressure and helping reduce the risk of a woman developing preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication that can be fatal to both mom and baby.

But while pregnant sex is a good thing, there are certain instances when sex should be avoided.

Watch the video above to hear more about the benefits of pregnant sex, and the instances when parents should refrain from intercourse.

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