For many women, somewhere in the midst of a joyful positive pregnancy test is a host of first trimester symptoms, including fatigue, morning sickness, and boobs that hurt so bad a gentle hug can send you through the roof. That being said, sex might not be first on your list. But if you are feeling in the mood for a little action, then you might begin to wonder what sex positions are safe during the first month of pregnancy. Experts say it's not as complicated as you might think.
Dr. Rebecca C. Brightman, a NYC-based OB-GYN and assistant clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, tells Romper that “any and all” positions are safe during the first month of pregnancy, unless your provider tells you otherwise. Ad it comes with an added bonus: “Sex in pregnancy is worry-free — you don't have to worry about becoming or not becoming pregnant!”
That’s definitely a perk if you’ve been spending the last several months tracking ovulation with your legs up over your head. Some women even report having hotter sex during pregnancy, the result of your body’s rapidly rising levels of estrogen and progesterone that increase blood flow to the pelvic area, therefore upping vaginal lubrication and sensitivity to the breasts, according to Women’s Health.
Brightman says that while there aren’t any no-nos for normal first trimester pregnancies, there are a few situations that might come with a different set of rules, including women who have undergone treatment for infertility.
“Women who experience first trimester bleeding should also avoid sex until they have a discussion with their healthcare provider,” she says. And as pregnancy progresses, Brightman points out that a woman might need to change things up as certain positions become more physically challenging and uncomfortable. Plus, lying on your back simply must be avoided during the second and third trimesters.
As for preferred sex positions during pregnancy, women report perks to sitting and doggy style during the second trimester, and being on top or spooning during the third trimester, according to Parents.
Of course, relying on what's familiar might be your best shot, considering that everything during the first trimester is brand freaking new.