Sex: Baby's movements slow after orgasm

I am 24 weeks pregnant and my baby is quite active, except after I have an orgasm. Is this normal?

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For most normal, healthy pregnant women, orgasm is a good release -- and is often easier to achieve due to the increased blood flow to the perineum.

During orgasm, the uterus contracts rhythmically. This is not enough to disturb uteroplacental blood flow or cause pre-term labor unless the mother-to-be is already at high risk.

At this time in pregnancy I would not be alarmed. At 24 weeks, the baby's neurological system is still pretty underdeveloped. Research has not been able to correlate baby's movements at this young age with fetal well-being. We don't even recommend fetal movement counting or nonstress testing until 28 weeks.

I would mention your concern to your provider. Perhaps an ultrasound would reassure you that your baby is growing appropriately. If you are still worried, you could arrange to be monitored for 30 to 60 minutes during a period of inactivity -- just to put your concerns to rest.

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