Pregnancy & Parenthood
Frequently Asked Questions...
How soon can a pregnancy test tell if
Even the most sensitive tests may give false
negatives up to 17 days after becoming
pregnant. With home testing kits, results are
more likely to be reliable after 3 weeks.
If I’m working while pregnant, what
should I think about?
Try to reduce your shifts in the first few
months and try not to see any clients who
tend to be rough. Some clients find pregnant
women a turn-on and you may get a
temporary client group. Make sure they
understand your boundaries and behave
gently. You may feel more vulnerable and
emotional during your pregnancy. Remember
to be aware of security – don’t take chances.
A client’s body odour or breath may
exacerbate morning sickness, as can some
lubes and condoms.
As your pregnancy progresses you’ll need to
get clothes and underwear that will give you
Is it okay to have sex if I’m pregnant?
Sexual intercourse is relatively safe in a
‘low-risk’ pregnancy up until the 8th month,
unless your doctor advises otherwise. A ‘low-
risk’ pregnancy means no history of stillbirth
or miscarriage, no diabetes or another
serious illness, no possibility of multiple
births, and you’re under 35.
Your immune system is vulnerable and
therefore kissing may leave you open to flu
and colds. Remember that some medications
are harmful to pregnant women. Don’t allow
clients to blow into or near your vagina –
this can cause an air embolism. It’s rare, but
potentially fatal, and pregnant women are at
increased risk - it could cause complications
for both you and the foetus.
It’s really important to practise safe sex all
the time. During pregnancy your body is
more susceptible to infections, especially
genital warts. Most STIs don’t harm the
baby, but if they’re present at birth this
could cause problems. See the page on STIs
and Pregnancyfor more information.
Going for sexual health tests is perfectly safe
and swabs will not harm the baby.
I’m pregnant and experiencing blood
loss. What should I do?
Stop working and see a doctor immediately.
Spotting during pregnancy can be normal,
but then again it might be a warning sign of
something more serious.
When can I have sex again after having
Usually 6 weeks after giving birth,
depending on whether you had a Caesarean
or vaginal birth, and whether there were any
complications, such as forceps or ventouse.
If you have a Caesarean scar it will be
tender and sex in the missionary position
may be uncomfortable – go on top.
If you had an episiotomy (a surgical cut into
the perineum (the skin between the vagina
and anus) to prevent tearing during
delivery), it may cause pain for a number of
weeks. If intercourse is painful 6 weeks after
delivery, talk to your doctor.
Instead of offering penetrative sex you could
offer oral, massage or use your hands or
breasts. If you’re breastfeeding, you may
find a new client group who find this a turn-
on – see Breastfeeding.
If you suffer from dryness, or if you’ve had
stitches which cause you discomfort, water-
based lubricants may help.
How soon could I get pregnant again
after having a baby?
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security
– you could get pregnant as early as 3
weeks after the birth. You ovulate about 2
weeks before your period, so you could get
pregnant again before your periods have
When will my periods come back after
If you’re not breastfeeding, your first period
could start as early as 5 weeks after the
birth. If you are breastfeeding, your periods
might not come back until you’ve stopped,
but don’t rely on this as a method of
contraception – see the page on
Breastfeedingfor more information.
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