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Now that you're pregnant, you may be curious about your options for sex (and positions for sex). During pregnancy, it's important to experiment with your partner to find what works best for you and your changing body. Positions you may find comfortable include back entry, partner's lap, and woman on top, among others.


An Overview of Sex Positions During Pregnancy

As you journey through the months of pregnancy, your body goes through many changes -- both physical and hormonal. When this happens, you face some new obstacles in your sex life. A big question that is often asked is: "What are some good sex positions during pregnancy?" The answer to this question depends on a couple of factors, including:
  • The trimester you are in
  • Whether you are having a high-risk pregnancy.
Remember, there are many ways that you can still enjoy sex with your constantly changing body shape!
When thinking about positions for sex during pregnancy, keep the following suggestions in mind:
  • It is best to try positions that do not put your partner's weight on your abdomen (stomach). This can help you avoid unnecessary discomfort. Your baby is protected inside of you -- the uterus is quite a safe place for your baby -- so you do not need to worry that sex will hurt your baby (always clear it with your healthcare provider first, though).
  • You do not want your partner to thrust or penetrate too deeply. This can irritate the cervix. You and your partner can work together to find some comfortable positions that are satisfying and work for both of you.

Specific Positions for Sex During Pregnancy

The best way to find the most comfortable sex positions during pregnancy is to explore and experiment; here are a few positions to get you started:
  • Side-lying front to back
  • Side-lying front to front
  • Partner on top
  • Back entry
  • Partner's lap
  • Woman on top.
Side-Lying: Front to Back
For the side-lying front to back sex position, have your partner lie behind you (like the spoons position) and enter you from behind. It may be helpful for you to support your upper leg with a pillow.
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