As Ghana joins the rest of the World to mark the 2020 International Midwivesâ€™ Day, pregnant women are being advised to allow their partners to have sex with them during pregnancy to facilitate an easy delivery.
According to Head of the Nurses and Midwifery Council in the Ahafo Region, Stella Sefah, sex is important and highly recommendable during pregnancy because the sex hormones open up the cervix and make their work easy when the woman is about to deliver.
Research has indicated that during pregnancy, the majority of couples struggle to engage in intimate acts of lovemaking mostly due to pregnancy-related issues for women like fatigue, a change in body image, fears, and sometimes mood swings.
Some women also fear they may harm their kids if they allow their partners to make love to them during pregnancy, especially when in their seventh to ninth months.
Speaking on Peace FM on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, however, Mrs. Sefah noted that unless one is acting on a doctorâ€™s advice based on genuine medical complications, women should have regular sex with their partners during pregnancy.
â€œSex is very necessary and important during pregnancy unless the doctor tells you to hold on. If someoneâ€™s delivery delays, sex is the first treatment the doctors give because by nature it opens the cervix to contract. The sex hormones make the cervix loosen up and so that is very important to us because it makes delivery easy and so sex during pregnancy is very important for us so if your doctor has not advised you to stay away from sex for a while, you are free to have sex during pregnancy,â€ she indicated.