Pregnancy is an incredibly exciting and tumultuous time for a couple. The physical changes mean that how you have sex, particularly intercourse, changes. Not to worry, though – there are so many intimate, exciting and fulfilling sex positions to enjoy!
Having sex during pregnancy is generally safe. Unless your healthcare provider has told you otherwise, there’s no reason to not get it on after you’ve been knocked up. As a bonus, thanks to increased oestrogen, you may enjoy more sensitive breasts, stronger orgasms, and more natural lubrication.
Even better news: pregnancy sex has many benefits for your body and relationship – allowing you and your partner reconnect physically, mentally and emotionally. Plus, orgasms are great for your health! The hormones released when you climax:
- Relieve stress
- Help you sleep better
- Reduce pain
- Deepen the bond with your partner
- Make you feel happier
Pregnancy is also a great time to explore. As your body changes, different parts may become more or less sensitive. Explore what feels yummy and change or avoid what doesn’t!
Listen: Monique Bowley and Bec Judd talk to Dr Sgroi about having sex while pregnant on Hello Bump. (Post continues below…)
That said, pregnant bodies are different and have their limitations, so you do need to be mindful of what sex positions you get into. Your body is likely less flexible and more susceptible to injury while pregnant. Exactly what this means will vary from person to person and even pregnancy to pregnancy. Regardless, take care with the positions you choose. You want them to minimise stress on your belly and your joints. And remember, once you reach 20 weeks, don’t lie flat on your back (like in missionary). Your enlarged uterus puts pressure on your aorta, which can compromise blood flow to the placenta.
Here are seven sex positions that have been deemed safe, comfortable, and orgasmic by experts and expecting parents alike.
1. Mutual masturbation
Mutual masturbation is an often overlooked form of partnered pleasure, but it's super intimate and hot AF! And it's simple: get comfy and get to it. Bonus, watching each other masturbate teaches you more about how to touch each other.
2. On the couch
Furniture and pillows are a great way keep pregnant bodies comfortable. For this position, the pregnant partner can kneel on the ground, facing the cushions of a couch and then bend forward, resting her upper body on the cushions. There are lots of options here, so move around to get comfortable! Try kneeling on cushions as well for extra support.