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7 Best Sex Positions For Pregnancy, Because It’s Hard To Be Intimate With A Baby Bump

When you think about pregnancy, what comes to mind? If your pregnancy is anything like mine was, it’s bloating, fatigue, and non-stop nausea. Maybe even indigestion, weird cravings, and tons of joint pain. Add hormonal mood swings to the mix and you might assume mastering pregnancy sex positions would be the last thing on your mind.

But it’s exactly those hormonal changes that make sex come to the forefront for some people, particularly in months four through six, also known as the “pregnancy honeymoon.” As your progesterone and estrogen levels rise, so does your libido. Estrogen, in particular, also increases vaginal lubrication and nipple sensitivity, which can lead to more intense orgasms – score!

And don’t worry – sex while pregnant is completely safe provided your pregnancy is progressing normally. So if it feels like something you want to do, you should go for it. That being said, getting freaky with your SO will be a bit different now that you have a baby bump to contend with. For starters, there may be some bleeding. Although this is totally normal, especially during the first trimester, be sure to mention it to your doctor or midwife so they can confirm that everything is okay. Not to mention, your tried and true positions may not work as well because there is one literal obstacle in your way in the form of your stomach. But that’s no reason to panic. It just means you and your partner have the chance to experiment. Of course, you may need a little inspiration to get started. Perfect for heterosexual and queer couples, here are some of the best pregnancy sex positions for horny parents-to-be.

1. Spooning

Lying on your sides allows your partner to enter you from behind, but at a more shallow depth than traditional doggy-style, which BabyCenter notes can be too intense during pregnancy. It also provides support for your heavy belly.

2. Edge Of The Bed

This mimics the traditional missionary position, but without the penetrating partner needing to lean over you. Simply scoot your butt towards the edge of the bed, bring your knees towards your chest, and have your partner stand in front of you.

3. Pregnant Person On Top

This position gives you control over speed and depth, while also keeping weight off your belly.

4. Couch Or Chair Sex

Use furniture to assist you when you can. Have your partner sit in a chair, and you can sit on their lap with your back to their chest. Use the arms of the chair to help you control movements. You can also try kneeling on a couch, facing the back of it, while your partner stands behind you.

5. Standing Against The Wall

If the pregnant person stands, facing a wall, with palms against it and butt slightly out (but not fully bent over), their partner can enter them from behind without getting too deep.

6. Sitting On The Counter

Sitting on a table or counter can be helpful because it brings you to your partner’s level without props.

7. Pillows Are Your Friend

Don’t be afraid to get creative. During my pregnancy, I found that adding pillows under your hips, back, or belly can make you way more comfortable and help you find the right angle. They even make sex furniture that would come in handy and still get plenty of use after the baby arrives.

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