Is lube safe during pregnancy? It certainly is.
In addition to being a fun enhancement during sex, lube can also serve a very useful purpose during a pregnancy. Pregnancy makes the hormones in a woman go wild, and that can lead to unwanted and unexpected dryness of the genital region. Because of this, the lubricant can help make sexual activity operate more smoothly and reduce the chances of friction or pain. Sometimes, couples don’t actually need or want lubricants.
During pregnancy, however, most couples are going to absolutely require it for a pleasurable sexual experience.
There’s not one brand that stands out above the rest. However, there is one type of lubricant that should be used more than other types. That is the water-based lubricant.
Water-based lubricants are not only healthier and more natural, they also provide more relief to the dry area, rather than just making it smooth.
The short answer is just “highly doubtful”. To expand upon it a bit more: Lubricant can reach your baby in the womb, but it would have to pass through the tightly-closed cervix first.
You’d – roughly – have a better chance of winning the lottery or getting struck by lightning than you would having lubricant actually make it’s way into the womb.
However, on the off chance it can, water-based lubricants are still recommended for their natural elements. It wouldn’t harm the baby at all – in any way.
Avoid lubricants that have glycerin or parabens. Both of them are harmful to a developing fetus. Furthermore, avoid lubricants with additives (usually added for pleasure purposes) or fragrances (also added for pleasure purposes).
These contain chemicals that could do some damage to the baby growing inside, and that’s the last thing you want to happen. Avoid the substances that will damage your growing child, stick with the water-based stuff, and everything should turn out just fine for you, your partner, and your baby.
Yes, there are many other lubricants you can use aside from just something designed only for lubricant purposes. These include yogurt, coconut oil, olive oil and many others.
Most of these are natural based and would not cause any harm to the baby. Since the three examples listed above (and plenty more non-lube lubricants) are things you ingest already, there’s no danger in getting them inside you via another route.
After pregnancy, your need for lubricant in the bedroom may subside! With hormones returning to normal, major dryness may no longer be an issue for you. But, if you still want (or need) to use lubricant, there’s no danger in doing so. Just like you may have used lube before your pregnancy (or during, if you’ve read this article), you can use lubricant after it as well without any fuss or medical issue.
So is lube safe during pregnancy? Absolutely. It’s fun, it’s natural and it’s harmless! What more could you ask for, really?