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Tried and tested: the best (and safest) sex positions while pregnant for enhancing intimacy and comfort during pregnancy



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Created on Oct 30, 2023 · 5 mins read

During pregnancy, a lot can change in the sheets. Your body goes through a great deal of changes and while that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy pregnancy sex, there are a few expert-approved positions that are known to please even the fussiest bumps, and that you’ll want to pull into your repertoire.

Here are some of the must-try sex positions for the next 9 months of your life:

You on top

Best for: First and second trimester

Pregnant or not, if you like being in control under the sheets, this position is for you. You can go at whatever pace you want, find the angles that feel best, and choose how deep (or shallow) the penetration goes.

And with a 2010 study reporting higher sexual satisfaction for pregnant women who adopt the ‘on top’ position, pleasure won’t be an issue either.

How to: Get your partner to lie down on their back, jump on top of them and… let the fun begin!


Best for: First and second trimester

Doggy style is one of the best positions for keeping pressure off your belly weight and bladder. It allows you to experiment with deep penetration if you’re up for it (a water-based lubricant like Kin’s can come in handy here) and for extra pleasure, your partner can use their hand at the same time to stimulate your clitoris.

By the third trimester, you may find it a bit difficult to balance on all fours, given the extra weight around your belly. Placing a few pillows under your bump can help; otherwise, there are plenty of other positions you can try in the later stages of pregnancy.

How to: Go on all fours as your partner enters you from behind.

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Side by side

Best for: Second and third trimester

Having your belly stretch as a tiny human grows inside of you can be uncomfortable enough as is. The last thing you need is extra pressure on your bump. That’s why side-by-side sex is high on our list of best sex positions for pregnancy – because your belly is out of the way.

There are two ways you can go about it: facing each other (at an angle) or spooning.

The first one allows for a little extra intimacy – and what’s better than looking into your special someone’s eyes as you’re making love? The second option, spooning, makes it harder to achieve deep penetration, which could otherwise irritate your cervix and cause light spotting, especially during the third trimester.

How to: If facing each other, lie down at an angle and have your partner twist their leg over yours so that your bodies form a Y-shape, keeping your belly out of the way. For spooning, have your partner lie beside you and curl up next to your back. They can then penetrate you from behind and you can use your free hand for clitoral stimulation if that’s up your alley. For extra comfort, and if you feel too much pressure on your lower back, try popping a pillow between your knees or below your hips.

Reverse cowgirl

Best for: Third trimester

Another position that puts you in the driver’s seat, reverse cowgirl keeps the pressure off your belly and applies it on your G-spot instead, which can result in mind-blowing orgasms. Out of all the sexual positions that can stir sexual satisfaction while pregnant, this one is definitely up there.

Reverse cowgirl is great for any stage of pregnancy, but especially during the third trimester, when your bump is at its biggest. You may just need to adjust your weight by leaning back and placing your arms behind you for support.

How to: Have your partner lie down on their back and sit on top of them, straddling them and facing their feet.

Non-penetrative positions: mutual masturbation and oral sex

Best for: All trimesters

Who says sex needs to be penetrative? When you’re in the mood for some action but the corkscrew or reverse cowgirl sound like way too much effort, you can simply – and literally – let your partner give you a hand.

Super intimate, mutual masturbation is an amazing way to connect with your partner and get to know each other’s bodies on a new level. Plus, you can always grab your favourite sex toys to spice things up even more.

Oral sex is another great option when penetration doesn’t sound all that appealing and, again, why not add a toy to the mix? Use a vibrator as they give you oral and you’ll be on your way to O-town.

The only thing your partner needs to keep in mind is that blowing air directly into your vagina is a big no-no. It can lead to an air embolism, which can be dangerous not only for yourself but for the little one as well.

Oh, and with pregnancy often comes an oversensitive gag reflex so if your partner has a penis, returning the favour may prove to be more challenging than usual. But hey, you can always use your hands!

What sex positions should you avoid while pregnant?

If you have a healthy, low-risk pregnancy, and unless your doctor tells you otherwise, there aren’t any specific positions that you should avoid completely. Some may feel more comfortable than others, but none are truly off-limits.

There are only two things you should avoid: putting pressure on your bump and lying down on your back for too long (as this can restrict oxygen to the bub). Keep this in mind, adjust any positions accordingly, and have fun.
If you’re unsure about a certain position, or if anything doesn’t feel quite right, reach out to your doctor for professional advice.


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