Using Lubricants While Pregnant
Being pregnant makes you HYPER aware of everything you put into and onto your body – and using lubricant is no exception. When a woman is pregnant they actually naturally produce an increased amount of vaginal fluids due to hormones and other things, (note that some women can also be drier down there when pregnant), it just depends on your body! So just maybe, your being pregnant means you don’t even need to use lubricants!
But on the off chance that you certainly don’t wanna give up your favourite lube for the next nine months, we’re here to answer all the questions you may have about using lubricants while pregnant!
Today’s blog is setting out to discuss the usage of lube during pregnancy, so you have one less thing to worry about…
Which Lube Should I Use?
The safest and most reliable type of lubricant to use during pregnancy would be water-based lubricants. This is largely attributed to the fact that water-based lubricants are mainly made out of natural ingredients and they also contain the least amount of artificial ingredients and chemicals compared to other types of lubricants. In addition, water-based lubricants are also suitable during pregnancy as they are extremely smooth and slick to use, making it much more comfortable for pregnant women to masturbate or have sex.
However, one disadvantage of water-based lubricant would be that it is easily absorbed into the body due to its liquid and water-like substance. And so, using a water-based lubricant would require you to reapply it quite a few times in order to ensure smoothness and slickness during sex.
Will the Lubricant Reach the Baby If I Use It During Pregnancy?
No, it would absolutely not. This is something you definitely don’t need to worry about as your cervix (or uterus) is sealed shut and does not allow any external forms of liquid to pass through and reach your baby.
Which Types of Lubricants Should I Avoid During Pregnancy?
- Lubes that contain glycerin, parabens, and fragrances
These materials and ingredients are mainly unsuitable and would not be recommended to be used by a pregnant woman. This is because it can result in extreme irritation for pregnant women; the female genitalia becomes more sensitive for the duration of the nine months during pregnancy.
- Lubes that contain additives
Lubes that contain additives are generally not recommended to any pregnant woman due to the fact that they can cause discomfort and irritation.
- Flavoured lubes
These should also be avoided because flavoured lubes usually have sugar as one of their main ingredients, and while this isn’t unsafe, it could potentially increase the risk of you developing a yeast infection which nobody wants!
- Silicone + Oil-Based Lubricants
Whilst these are not strictly unsuitable, they should be avoided as using them can disrupt the pH balance of your vagina, resulting in an increase in the risk of infection.
Can I Use Other Lube-Like Products?
The following materials should be avoided as there is a high chance they could contain glycerin, parabens, and fragrances or could cause irritation:
- Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
- Baby Oil
- Olive Oil
- Vegetable Shortening
- Body Moisturizer
What about after I’ve given birth?
It’s all about you, baby – use whatever lubricant you like and enjoy!