Which sexual positions are the most comfortable during pregnancy?
As your pregnancy progresses, you may find that the missionary position (man on top) isn't comfortable any more. Try the following instead:
Get on top!
This position hasbeen shown to be associated with higher levels of sexual satisfaction in pregnant women. It puts no weight on your abdomen and allows you to control the depth of penetration. Straddle your partner while he’s lying down and sit either facing him or facing the other way. This position also allows him to reach your breasts or stimulate your clitoris to help you orgasm.
Use the bed as a prop.
Lie on your back at the edge of the bed with your knees bent, and your bottom and feet perched at the edge of the mattress. Your partner can either kneel or stand in front of you.
Lie side-by-side in the spoons position.
This allows your partner to keep most of his weight off your bump. Rest your top leg over his or place it on a few pillows in front of you. This allows for only shallow penetration so it’s ideal if deep thrusts have become more uncomfortable. If your bump isn’t yet big enough to get in the way, you can also turn around and face your partner in this position.
Get on to your hands and knees in the doggy position.
This is a good position for later on in your pregnancy when it's a relief to have weight taken off your back and pelvis. You can also get your partner to reach around and stimulate your clitoris. Penetration can be quite deep in this position. If you find it uncomfortable, ask your partner to thrust less deeply. Getting him to hold a pillow between your bottom and his lower tummy will prevent him pushing too far inside you.
Sit on your partner.
This is another position that puts no weight on your womb (uterus). Try sitting on your partner's lap as he sits on a (sturdy) chair. You can control the rate and depth of penetration by standing up more or by squatting down. This position allows for lots of kissing, cuddling and eye contact. You can also take it easy and let your partner do all the moving. Just take a little of your weight off his thighs first.
Have sex standing up.
Lean over a low counter or table with your partner standing behind you. This takes the pressure off your back and pelvis and lets your partner reach around and stimulate your clitoris at the same time.
Sit on a table or counter:
With your partner standing in front of you, wrap your legs around his body for a more intimate experience. Pop a cushion under your bottom to make yourself more comfortable. If you’re in your third trimester you may prefer to lean back a little so your growing bump doesn’t get in the way.
You can have satisfying sex when pregnant, and where there's a will, there's a way! And keep talking. Communication and openness are the keys to maintaining or improving sexual satisfaction during your pregnancy.