Pregnancy is a beautiful stage of life for those who want it. It's a time of great change – physically and emotionally. That's because the body undergoes a drastic transformation to accommodate the life growing inside. During this time, it can be pretty challenging to find positions for sexual intimacy that are both comfortable and pleasurable. Hope isn't lost just yet because there are plenty of pregnancy sex positions to be explored and enhance one's experience during this special time.
The Importance of Sexual Intimacy During Pregnancy
According to Parents, sexual intimacy during pregnancy can help couples maintain a strong connection. This can relieve stress, boost the immune system and improve sleep quality. More than that, it's proven to also have many benefits for the baby like fetal growth and reduce the risk of preterm labor. So, it's important to know that sex during pregnancy is generally safe but it's always best to consult with your healthcare provider with any concerns or questions about sex during pregnancy.
Best Pregnancy Pleasure Positions
Together with Healthline, we're running down a list of the best pregnancy sex positions for couples to try right now:
First is spooning. It's a great position for expecting couples who enjoy closeness or being skin-to-skin during sex.
It's quite easy to do – allow the pregnant partner to lie down on her side while the other lies down behind her, allowing them a chance for deep penetration while supporting the pregnant belly with one hand. For additional support or comfort, use pillows for the head and the hips.
2. Reverse Cowgirl
We're flipping over to our backs with the reverse cowgirl – a great position for pregnant women to take control and experiment with different angles and speeds. To do this, the pregnant woman has her back facing their partner and straddling them.
Doing so will allow the woman to dictate the pace while her partner has easy access to the clitoris and stimulate it accordingly. This is perfect for the women who need that extra clitoral stimulation. Fun tip: couples can do this either on the bed or the tub, whichever fits their fancy! Just remember to be careful not to slip!
3. Doggy Style
The doggy style is a versatile position for a reason: it's pleasurable for both non-expecting and expecting couples.
This position is also fairly easy to do – just have the pregnant women kneel on all fours while their partner penetrates from behind, allowing the pregnant partner to be more comfortable because it takes some of the pressure off the belly. Once again, pillows are welcome to support the hands and knees!
A standing position might be intimidating on the surface, but it actually feels really good when done! How it works is that the couple is standing near a wall: the pregnant woman braces against it while her partner penetrates from behind.
This is amazing for couples who may not necessarily feel comfortable being seated. What's important to keep in mind is to hold the pregnant woman's waist to make sure she stays balanced all throughout the steamy night. Make sure to stand on solid ground, no yoga blocks, chairs, ladders, and everything else.
If penetration is something a pregnant woman isn't ready to do at this time, then oral is a great alternative. Just have her lie down on her back on the edge of the bed, and let the partner kneel down in front of her spread legs and speak the language of tongues to please her.
This position is perfect for women who're past their first trimester since the morning sickness has already faded away. Again, don't be afraid to add pillows on the hips or waist for added comfort.
Tips for Comfortable and Safe Sex During Pregnancy
The positions may sound fun and exciting but it's important to do them safely to avoid injury. Here are a few tips that can help make sex during pregnancy more comfortable and safe.
1. Communicate with Your Partner
Don't be afraid to talk to your partner. Ask questions and listen to what they say. Communication is important in knowing what your partner likes and dislikes as well as establishing boundaries and avoiding one or the other feeling slighted during sex.
2. Use Pillows for Support
We've mentioned this a few times but pillows are amazing at providing additional comfort during sex, especially when a partner is pregnant. Experiment with different types of pillows to find what works best for you.
3. Take Your Time
Take your time during sex and don't rush things. It is important to listen to your body and take breaks if needed.
4. Experiment with Lubricants
Lube will come in more handy than before because during pregnancy, women tend to experience vaginal dryness due to hormonal changes. So, don't skip slicking up! Make sure it's formulated to be safe for the body before use.
5. Consult with Your Healthcare Provider
Don't be afraid to consult with medical professionals if there are concerns or questions surrounding pregnancy sex. They can provide guidance and recommendations based on your individual situation.
You've reached the end! Let's recap: pregnancy is a beautiful stage in life for women who choose to partake in it. Just because there's life growing inside, doesn't mean that pleasure should be sacrificed. In fact, it's even more important to show your pregnant partner how much you're grateful and appreciative of taking on this endeavor of creating life. Sex during this time might be daunting but just following the tips, tricks and recommended positions can enhance the sexual experience during this special time. Don't get carried away with the heat of the moment and remember to communicate with your pregnant partner and get their needs met, and vice versa. Don't be scared of your healthcare provider too because they're well-equipped to provide credible insight to your questions and concerns regarding pregnancy sex. With a little experimentation and patience, you and your partner can find the best pleasure positions for your pregnancy journey.