Is Lube Safe During Pregnancy?

First of all – congratulations on your soon-to-be little one! As time goes on, the intimate bond between you and your baby will only get stronger. For now, it’s time to celebrate – in every way possible.

There’s often some concern among new moms about sex. Today, we’ll be answering FAQs about our products and pregnancy – specifically, “is lube safe during pregnancy?

The short answer? Yes. Here’s why and how.

Let’s Start with Sex

Of course, it’s important to consult with your physician and/or gynecologist because while generally, sex is safe (often encouraged), there are always exceptions to the “rule.” That being said, while pregnant, you may experience one of two opposing “symptoms” associated with sex: 

  1. Vaginal Dryness
  2. Increased moisture 

Regarding #2, the “moisture” is extra discharge thanks to changes in your cervix and boosts in estrogen. It prevents the infection-causing germs from slipping into your uterus. 

Both scenarios are totally normal. Every woman is different, with some having more natural lubrication than others during pregnancy. Figuring out what works for you is part of the fun and part of the journey toward new motherhood.

Play It Safe if You Have Certain Symptoms or Conditions

According to Cleveland Clinic, the following are conditions in which you may need to consult with a physician or find alternate means of pleasure: 

  • Cervical changes: Normally, the cervix creates a barrier between the vagina and uterus. Changes, such as early dilation, could raise your risk for premature labor if you have sex.
  • History of premature labor or miscarriage: If you have a history of premature delivery or miscarriage, your doctor may ask you to refrain from intercourse. Semen contains prostaglandins, and during orgasm, your brain releases oxytocin. Both of these hormones play a role in stimulating contractions.
  • Leaking: If you feel a drip from your vagina, it warrants a call to your doctor. It could be a sign that the wall surrounding the amniotic sac may have ruptured. Intercourse in this situation could increase your risk of infection.
  • Placenta previa: When the placenta covers the cervix, sexual activity (vaginal-penile)  may result in disruption of the placenta and cause bleeding.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STD): If a doctor diagnoses you or your partner with a sexually transmitted infection, refrain from unprotected sexual intercourse until you’ve been treated and retested. An untreated STD can harm your baby.

Undiagnosed vaginal bleeding: Until your provider determines the reason for vaginal bleeding, you should refrain from sexual intercourse.

Pregnancy and Lube – Approved

Happy, smiling couple find out they’re pregnant with a pregnancy test stick

Now, assuming you aren’t diagnosed with any of the conditions listed above, you can choose to enjoy all forms of sex as frequently as you’d like. 

This means it’s time for the fun stuff – pregnancy-safe lube.

The following comes straight from Healthline:  

“While lube use hasn’t been widely studied, doctors believe it’s safe to use during pregnancy because your cervix is tightly closed, preventing anything like lubricant from actually getting to your baby. One caveat though: You need to use lube that is made with pregnancy-safe ingredients.”

Our takeaway? Natural lube during pregnancy is the way to go.

Not All Lubes Are Created Equal

If you find yourself in the intimate aisle at your supermarket, you’ll find a lot of lube options, with the packaging claiming all sorts of sensations. All the options can make it difficult to determine what is and what isn’t pregnancy-safe lube. That’s why simple and natural is always better for your body and your baby. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you probably don’t want it in you.

Sex can be uncomfortable while pregnant, but it shouldn’t be painful. That’s where lube comes in – to make your sexual experience more satisfying and more comfortable while your body grows and adapts. If you still feel discomfort, or even pain, after using pregnancy-safe lube, consider switching up the position and see if that helps. 

Sex is supposed to be enjoyable, so try to have some fun – even while your body changes!

Pregnancy-Safe Lube Is Water Based

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Healthline asked OB-GYN Dr. Kim Langdon what type of lube is considered superior, to which she said, “Water-based lubricants are best because they will not increase the risk of an altered microbiome that could lead to bacterial vaginosis. Oily ones predispose to an altered microbiome.”

Additionally, water-based lubricants are silky, smooth, and leave little room for irritation. The body tends to absorb it quickly, but there’s nothing wrong with extra applications now and again, right ladies? Pleasure > procedure.

What to Avoid and Why

First, oil-based lubes. Dr. Langdon touched on it, but there’s more to it than bacteria and infection. Oil-based lubricants (as well as products like baby oil and petroleum jelly) can be more irritating and can damage latex condoms to the point where they break. Naturally, broken condoms put you at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which can be risky not only for you but for your baby, as well. 

Here are a few other “features” to avoid because they can cause irritation or infections:

  • Warming products ­
  • Flavorings
  • Glycerin
  • Fragrances
  • Parabens

As far as ingredients, consider avoiding Nonoxynol-9, Chlorhexidine gluconate, Propylene glycol, and Benzocaine. Better yet, just stick to natural lube during pregnancy – you’d rather be safe than sorry, right?

Choose Coconu, the Better-for-You Lube

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So, is Coconu lube safe during pregnancy? We’re pleased to confirm that yes, it is! We hope that with our products, you and your partner can enjoy sex whenever you choose to get intimate, whether you’re pregnant or not.

We offer two simple, natural lube options to keep your body (and baby!) safe and satisfied. We created our products to improve the nature of sexual relationships. Renew your senses, increase your connection with your partner, and allow yourself to get intimate with Coconu.

You Have Two Options

Water Is Slick and Satisfying

Our coconut water-based lubricant is a strong, long-lasting lubricant designed to last as long as you do. It has a silky, sensuous feel that will moisturize sensitive areas while giving you a boost during your most intimate moments. No harmful ingredients mean you can relax and enjoy more possibilities for pleasure.

Oil Is Invigorating and Exciting

If you want to switch it up from the water-based formula postpartum, our coconut oil-based lubricant is ready and waiting. This formula creates stimulating, deeply satisfying sexual experiences for you and your partner. It will awaken your senses while the organic ingredients provide real, natural health benefits. 

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