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Question: I have asked this question twice before but have had no response. Can you please tell me that when a women is pregnant in Islam is she allowed to have sex with her husband? If they are allowed when does it need to stop? Does having sex during pregnancy harm the baby? Please answer my question as me and my husband are quarrelling all the time about this topic.

There is no taboo against sexual intercourse during pregnancy unless the couple has been advised against it by their medical practitioner or gynecologist because of some special circumstances.

We find nothing in the authentic sources of Islam such as the Qur’an, Hadith or Fiqh, which either explicitly or implicitly suggests otherwise. It is also common knowledge that sexual intercourse during pregnancy poses no health risk either for the fetus or the mother in normal cases. Therefore, the general Islamic rule of permission prevails in this case unless otherwise advised by the physician because of special circumstances.

It is, however, advisable for the couple who are engaging in sexual intercourse during pregnancy to exercise caution and avoid positions or methods of intercourse that may likely prove harmful.

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