Jessica Alba asks if it’s ok to have sex when you’re pregnant


A very pregnant Jessica Alba was a guest on The Tonight Show last night. She was promoting Spy Kids 4D, which has this “extra dimension” in that there are scratch and sniff cards for viewers to experience certain smells shown on screen. Joel McHale is in this mess too, which is out August 19. I watched Alba’s interview and she didn’t say much that was interesting. She did reveal that she’s a somewhat strict mom, which we’ve heard from her before.

On Honor’s style
She loves to wear dress up. I had to explain to her that only certain types of girls are allowed to wear plastic heels outdoors, so she’s allowed to only wear her plastic princess heels indoors. I can’t really tell her why yet.

On giving time outs with the lights off
I’m definitely the disciplinarian. We don’t believe in like spankings [or]… hot sauce. My daughter, we give her time outs whenever she’s naughty… Just time out in the bathroom isn’t bad enough. Even though she’s in a lit bathroom that has big windows and it’s a big bathroom it makes it seem that much worse… with the lights off. She freaks out… We have a nice little chair that’s her size. [for Time outs]

[From The Tonight Show, video above]

Alba’s segment was right before registered nurse and sex expert Sue Johanson came on. Johanson had been on for a few minutes and had very frankly answered a bunch of questions about sex when Leno asked Alba if she had any questions for her. Alba wanted to know if there was any way to harm the baby during sex. Johanson basically said “no” and that the uterus was pretty solid. She explained “that baby is in there, and that baby ain’t going nowhere.”

“As someone who’s in the later stage of pregnancy, is there any way to harm the baby during intercourse?” Alba asked.

“That baby is in there and that baby ain’t going nowhere until it’s ready,” Johanson assured her. “That uterus wall is just like that,” she said knocking the arm of her chair. She then painted a picture of the cervix smiling from intercourse and things got a little weird.

[From AOLTV]

Alba’s question may sound crass to some, but it was nothing compared to what Johanson was saying. She had been talking about penises, orgasms and masturbation for a while and she went on about it. I’m not familiar with Johanson and she was cracking me the hell up. There’s just something so funny about an older lady talking about sex. She answered a question about whether men can fake orgasms. “Yes, but they can’t fake ejaculation. It has a very, shall we say distinctive odor.” A 68 year-old widower wrote in to ask if he’d ever have sex again and she said “Boy I hope so, here I am honey.” Johanson is 80!

When I was that far along pregnant I wasn’t interested in sex. I could barely get comfortable in bed and had to use one of those full body pillows to sleep with. Jessica looks big and she said the baby was due “soon,” but didn’t give a time frame. She wouldn’t say whether she was having a boy or a girl, which she seemed to know but not be willing to reveal publicly. (Hollybaby is reporting that she confirmed it’s a girl, but if you watch the clip that’s not the case at all.) I’m not going to fault her for asking about pregnant sex. Given the context it seemed like a totally legitimate question. I will say that my opinion of her wasn’t changed much after seeing this interview. Pregnant or not she’s not the most likable person.



Alba is shown on 7/10, 7/8 and 7/6/11. Credit: Fame

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  1. Happymom says:

    I think she’s beautiful-but can’t act to save her life. I saw a trailer for Spy Kids-and even in those snippets she’s painfully bad.

  2. constance says:

    HAHA! After baby #2 was planted, you’d think she would have read a book about pregnancy, asked a doctor, or asked a friend long before now.

    Oh wait. That would insinuate she had friends, and a husband who actually wants to have sex with her other than to retain his allowance money. Nevermind, silly me.

  3. katnip says:

    I would get the pregnant sex question if this was her first pregnancy. But with the question it begs the question of whether she had sex when she was pregnant with the first and was not sure about it. I have friends that said they were very sexual when pregnant and others not so much. I just guess that late in the pregnancy you just are waiting for it to be over and hold the baby.

    Jessica like many are just boring and regular. NOT bad but NOT good either.

    but that comment to her daughter that “certain types of girls are allowed to wear plastic heels outside” that was something I found offensive for some reason. What certain type of girls is she talking about.. Strange..

    I will say that I love her fashion sense. I like almost everything I see her in.. Effortless style. Never over worked. She should go into fashion and leave acting. I would so buy her fashion line if she had one.

  4. Cherry says:

    Aren’t we going to talk about how dumb that question is? ‘Is it ok to have sex when you’re pregnant?’ Seriously? Does Alba live somewhere in Medieval France? And beside that, even if she wasn’t aware of the fact that a woman’s uterus is perfectly capable of holding in a baby ‘until it’s ready’: this is her second pregnancy. There hasn’t been any point in time during the previous nine months OR her last pregnancy that she could have asked this TO HER OWN GYNAECOLOGIST??

  5. fabgrrl says:

    That’s a weird question to ask on TV, but I suppose there may be pregnant women who want to know, who haven’t been able to ask their OB/GYN or midwife. I didn’t feel much like having sex either at the end of my pregnancies. Bloated, uncomfortable, aching back, itchy skin — I was not in the mood! Plus, I just wanted to rest or nap whenever I had any downtime.

  6. brin says:

    She just doesn’t seem very smart. Oh, and she’s a bitch.

  7. Celebitchy says:

    The reason I didn’t call the question dumb is because I’m pretty sure someone prompted her to ask that specific question ahead of time, like I doubt it was something she was really wondering about. Again, given the context it didn’t seem that stupid or out of place.

  8. Quest says:

    I would think that a woman would ask this question the first time they got preganant not the second. But it is actually quite a common question (more for first timers).

    Honestly in the latter stages of preganacy, sex is the last thing on your mind ’cause most women are uncomfortable with everything and ah mean everything

  9. Turtle Dove says:

    Not sure if it’s still on the air, but she had a show called “Sex with Sue” where she had frank and honest dialogue about sexually related topics. It was brilliant. No shy, embarrassed conversations just open honesty.

  10. tipsy says:

    Nice question I have always wonder too you know.

  11. gimpy says:

    Sue had a radio show back in the 80s, it was featured on the original Degrassi a few times. After that she had the Sunday Night Sex Show, which was on TV for a long time but went off the air a few years back. She now does tours. This woman knows her shit, she even did tests of the latest sex toys (not on-air, of course) and rated them on the show. That segment was called the “Pleasure Chest”. She’s amazing.

  12. Isa says:

    I too thought she would’ve asked before now. This is her second pregnancy. But every pregnancy is different so maybe she didn’t feel up to it before and now she does?

    I’m totally up for sex in the last few weeks! Supposedly it can help your body get ready for labor and even jumpstart your labor right at the end.

    But, it hurts. :-/

  13. Praise St. Angie! says:


    yup, that’s all I got.

  14. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Sue Johanson is fantastic. The Sunday Night Sex Show started on Toronto radio station Q-107. Listened to her every week.

  15. Bill Hicks is God says:

    p.s. Jessica Alba is an idiot.

  16. MollyB says:

    My roommates and I used to watch Sue’s show in college! She is hilarious. She used to do a segment where she would demonstrate sex toys. In one clip I remember she was wearing a dildo that strapped onto the chin (I guess to use during oral sex?). She did the entire segment with that thing flapping around on her chin while she talked. LOL.

    Also, some women actually can’t have sex during pregnancy–if they have problems with their cervix or something but your doctor would determine that.

  17. the original bellaluna says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I was horny as all get out during my last pregnancy! (Once I got over the vertigo & constant nausea.) Maybe it was my age, because I wasn’t like that during my first 2 pregnancies. There’s just something about not having to worry about birth control (’cause DUH) and the spontaneity, I guess.

    And it can jump start labour, but tread cautiously there: it also makes delivery hurt more.

  18. Mae East says:

    The way she phrased (or was told to phrase) the question was not as ignorant as “Can I have sex during pregnancy?” (which, I agree, looks ridiculous during the last term of her second pregnancy.) Instead, she said: “Is there any way to harm the baby during sex?” That seems more reasonable, since she could be asking to hear about freak occurrences…

  19. Isa says:

    It can make labor hurt more?!?! How and why? I’ve never heard this?

  20. Blue says:

    I Love Sue Johanson! She is quite open about sex. She used to have a late night sex show. She came to speak at my college, everyone was so excited but I missed it. :(

  21. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Why have I never heard of Sue? She sounds amazing! Either Alba was told to ask that question or she’s gone without sex during both pregnancies (which I doubt).

    @the original Bella, I am hypersexual during pregnancy I always want to do it, we just have a hard time working around the huge belly!

  22. the original bellaluna says:

    @ Isa – It didn’t make my labour hurt more, but it did make the delivery hurt more. Pushing was excruciating. I don’t know why, but it was. (This was with my 2nd.)

  23. Boo says:

    Time-out in the bathroom? That’s unusual. I hope she’s putting some money away for the kid’s therapy.

    And because someone always jumps down my throat about every thing I say, I will say that I am joking and don’t truly think this will cause the kid harm. I’m sure the kid will be extremely well adjusted, successful, and beautiful.

  24. Vickyb says:

    @Isa and theoriginalbellaluna – why did it make pushing harder? I really can’t see how…?

    I’m 32 weeks pregnant and our sex life hasn’t changed at all. I’m lucky that I didn’t get any nausea or sickness at all, but I fancy my husband so I still want to do it!! We had an active sex life before getting pregnant and we’ve really enjoyed incorporating the pregnancy into our sex life – it’s made even more intimate than it already was, a real bonding experience.

    I definitely feel in the minority for it though – none of my close girlfriends continued to have an active sex life through their pregnancies (and one has only had sex with her husband about six times since having her little one three and a half years ago – that scares the sillies out of me!

    So I would tell Jessica that it’s definitely ok to have sex when pregnant. It’s definitely not ok, however, to wear that horrid orange/blue/brown dress…

  25. Hibiscus says:

    Jessica Alba asks if one can get pregnant from having sex.

  26. Ummm says:

    Ok then, weighing in on this subject, I lost my first pregnancy, a girl, when I was 8 months pregnant. I had a “freak” accident FOLLOWING VERY GENTLE SEX with my partner. IMMEDIATELY afterward I started hemorraging. I know that isn’t spelled right but that’s what happened. I had a placental abruption. Took 13 hours to deliver that dead child because I wasn’t in labor, just bleeding to death. So yes, it’s NOT for every pregnant woman.

  27. It is ME!!! says:

    Even if she was prompted to ask this question, Jessica Alba is still hella stupid.

    I remember reading an interview with her a few years ago (before she got knocked up and married her husband) about how she reads The New Yorker and stuff, and all I could think of was, “Please, b*%ch, you just look at the pictures.”

    Girlfriend is DUMB.

  28. Mimi says:

    She’s unbelievable dumb. I’m 18 and i’m virgin and i knew that it’s okay to have sex while pregnancy.

  29. Larissa says:

    I had sex through out my entire pregnancy, no biggie there, can be a lil ankward once the belly starts getting really big, but u figure it out.
    I am not gonna say it was amazing or a bonding experience all of the times we had sex,it was normal, healthy sex.

  30. WillyNilly says:

    Ummm, I am so sorry!! That’s horrible. Was it actually caused by it or was it just really bad timing?

  31. Maripily says:

    Is it me, or was that plastic princess shoe comment aimed at Suri Cruise?

  32. Ummm says:

    @WillyNilly – the dr. didn’t say it was specifically tied to having sex but did say the timing was suspicious because it happened immediately after. I was 19 and it tore me up pretty bad. BF and I didn’t stay together for long after that because he felt guilty that he had caused it. I’m 50 now but still remember that and did make my hubby stop sex w/me at 8 months my next 2 times I was pregnant. Those kids are now 27 and 21. My first would have been 31 this year.

  33. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    @Ummm, I’m so sorry for your loss and I’m happy you were able to have 2 healthy children following such a traumatic event. Be well.

  34. Denise says:

    Please can she just have her baby and go away already? I am sick and tired of seeing her on every gossip site everyday with nothing new or interesting to say. Damn!

  35. RuddyZooKeeper says:

    So I guess she was talking about the plastic heel-wearing Suri?

    And sure (in most cases), late-term sex won’t harm the baby, but it does soften the cervix, and orgasm can jump start contractions and labor. I was so big and uncomfortable that my OB/GYN actually “prescribed” long walks and lots of fooling around!

  36. the original bellaluna says:

    @ Ummm – I’m so sorry. I had a uterine abruption with my last baby, but it wasn’t discovered until the ER C-section. He was only 3 weeks early, and sex had nothing to do with my going into labour that time.

  37. mommyesq says:

    Whatever—can’t stand her(Alba). Just what “type of girl” is my 2 yr old who likes to wear her older sister’s plastic dress up shoes OUTSIDE (gasp!) because she’s creative and likes to play dress-up?! UGH!
    BUT—-i LOVE Dr. Sue!!!!! you have to check out her show!!! It was canceled a few years ago, but i’m sure there are youtube videos. That lady….lol!

  38. Isa says:

    Ummm- So very, sorry for your loss!!

    I’ve never heard it can make pushing more painful/difficult. I had an epidural and didn’t feel anything but pressure for my first delivery.

    I do know that it hurts to have sex. I feel like a dang virgin!

    Whores and hookers wear plastic shoes. Bit different than children’s dress up shoes though. I think she was just trying to make a joke.

  39. cookies says:

    lmao @ it’s me and denise!

    omg @ ummm :(

  40. Camille says:

    That poor (not in the monetary sense ;) ) little girl, she sure missed out on her Mummy’s good looks. She looks exactly like her dad.

    Not an Alba fan, she’s as dumb as a box of rocks.

  41. telesma says:

    That lady’s a lot nicer than me. My answer would have probably been “read a book, dipsh*t”.

  42. Jill says:

    that question was prepared for her. she sounded like she was reading straight from an index card. not to mention she definitely already knew the answer to that question, judging from the 4 year old (or however old) walking next to her in that photo!

  43. Hillary O says:

    God she’s insufferable

  44. JQ says:

    @constance: I was thinking the very same thing!

  45. dj says:

    Dr. Sue is great. But I guess I missed the episode when people starting thinking Jessica was mean/grumpy or whatever. What is the reasoning behind this? I seriously want to know. Thanks.