Pregnancy sex can be a satisfying and wonderful experience, but it may require a few tweaks to your regular bedroom routine. For instance, the warming lube that once boosted your libido now feels more like a sunburn on your privates. That's right: you may want to keep an eye out for lubes that are safe for pregnancy sex, because some lubricants may irritate your supersensitive vaginal area.
For starters, it's a good idea to use water-based lubes while pregnant, as noted in WebMD, because this can help you feel more comfortable. Also, water-based lubes may carry a lesser chance of infection, because there is some evidence that silicone or oil-based lubes may upset your vagina's pH balance, as noted in Parents. Additionally, water-based lubes are an especially good option if you and your partner are using barriers, because oil-based lubes may damage condoms, as noted in Baby Center. Generally, water is the way to go.
What other ingredients should you take into consideration? According to Parents, lubes that contain fragrances, parabens, or glycerin may irritate your vaginal area, which is the last thing you want when you're expecting. It'salso worth noting that flavored lubes may contain ingredients such as sucralose or glycol, which may lead to a vaginal yeast infection, as noted by the Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health (CSPH). And anything advertised as tingling or warming may feel way too intense, as further noted by the CSPH, as these lubes often contain capsaicin or menthol. Not everyone wants or needs a lube that feels like chili sauce or Vicks VapoRub.
That said, tracking down a water-based lube that's free from parabens or fragrances can be pretty time-consuming. Who has time to read labels so closely? That's why this list is so handy: these lubes are all pretty pregnancy-friendly. (Of course, you know your own body best, so you may want to read the ingredients list for any potential allergens or irritants. If you're allergic to aloe or something, then by all means double-check the labels to be on the safe side.) Read on to find the lube that's perfect for your gestating body.
1. Passion Natural Water-Based Lubricant
Say goodbye to sticky lubes for good. Free from parabens, petrochemicals, and glycerin, this lube is a superstar. The Passion Lubes natural water-based lubricant ($9) offers great slip and easy clean-up as well. (Yes, you can buy anywhere from 8 fluid ounces to a 55 gallon drum of the stuff on Amazon, and yes, the reviews are absolutely glorious).
2. Lulu Lube
This one comes in a bottle that's pretty enough to leave out on your bedside table. The Lulu Lube natural water-based lube ($17) has a thick, long-lasting formula that's free from petrochemicals, glycerin, and parabens. The formula is also tasteless and has no smell.
3. BabeLube Natural
If you're seeking a lube with ingredients that sound like they're straight from a luxe spa, look no further. The BabeLube Natural ($8) contains aloe, hibiscus, green tea, and flax extracts. As a bonus, it's water-based and free from parabens and glycerin.
4. Almost Naked Organic Personal Lubricant
This is another lube that's billed as a natural and organic way to heat up your lovemaking. The Almost Naked organic personal lubricant ($2+) is a water-based lube that contains aloe vera and even seaweed components. The result is a nice-smelling lube that is pregnancy safe.
5. YES WB
If you're seeking a lube with plant-based ingredients, look no further. YES WB ($22) is a water-based lube that's free from parabens and silicones. As a bonus, its formula is pH balanced to keep your vagina happy, and it's not sticky.
6. Organic Glide Probiotic All-Natural Personal Lubricant
This lube is so natural you can eat it, apparently. The Organic Glide probiotic all-natural personal lubricant ($18) has not fragrance, parabens, or flavorings. It's a lube that's FDA approved.
7. Sliquid H2O
8. Naturalico Organic Intimate Lubricant
Aloe fans: this one's for you. Naturalico Organic intimate lubricant ($10) is aloe-based, safe for sensitive skin, and a cinch to wash off. It's like a treat for your most sensitive areas.
9. Isabel Fay Natural Intimate Personal Lubricant
Here's another contender for the lube with the cutest packaging. This Isabel Fay natural intimate personal lubricant ($14) is water-based, odorless, and colorless. In fact, it's also free from glycerin and parabens as well, so you can enjoy it with zero fears during your pregnancy.