When it comes to having sex while pregnant, you know that there are certain things you need to do to keep thing safe and comfortable. Most women are perfectly fine having sex up until the their water breaks or they go into labor, so the things on your mind might have more to do with what kind of sex you can have rather than whether or not you can have it. This is where bath tub sex comes in. Forget the myth about getting pregnant in the tub, and instead focus on answering this question can you have pregnancy sex in a bath tub.
According to Fit Pregnancy, there are a few things you need to consider before having pregnancy sex in the bath tub. Although the bathroom might be an ideal place to have sex after giving birth (since your baby is likely taking up space in bed, napping), it's important to note that water can actually wash away your natural lubrication. Although you might think that this doesn't really matter since you're emerged in water already while in the bath tub, this is not so.
"People think water is like vaginal lubricant, but they're completely different," Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman, a board-certified OB-GYN, told SELF. "That lack of lubrication can make you more prone to micro-abrasions."
Not only are you putting yourself at risk of less lubrication during bath tub sex while pregnant, but you can also put yourself at risk of falling or otherwise hurting yourself, according to Cosmopolitan. You need to be especially careful of everything being slippery, since falling while pregnant can mean damaging consequences to your fetus. You should also be careful of getting into a strange or uncomfortable position that can hurt your partner's penis.
"Men can actually risk fracturing their penis if the penis bends or snaps during a strange sexual position," Dr. Karen Elizabeth Boyle told Cosmopolitan, "resulting in the penis become very swollen and bruised, and requiring an awkward trip to the ER to avoid serious damage to the penis."
If you're ready to take precautions, however, there is a way to have safe sex in the bath tub while you are pregnant. According to Glamour, the most comfortable positions for bath tub sex are to either have your partner lie on their back while you straddle him while facing away (think reverse cowgirl) or you can instead sit on your partner's lap and wrap your legs around his body. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, the first position — during which you want to place your hands on the bottom of the tub in order to steady yourself and then ride your partner while he holds on to your hips — may be the most comfortable.
No matter which position you pick for your pregnancy sex in a bath tub, however, it's important to be cautious about possible slipping and your vagina drying out. Once you get the hang of it, though, it might be just a perfectly great time for both you and your partner.