Comfortable Pregnancy Sex Positions
Sex during pregnancy is often thought of as a taboo subject. Expectant moms are rarely considered sexual beings, and therefore many health care providers don’t talk about sex during pregnancy with their patients. However, sex is an important and natural part of pregnancy.
Now that you are pregnant, you may find that your sexual needs and desires change as your body changes. As your breasts grow and your belly swells, sex positions that you once found comfortable and exciting may become unpleasant or even painful. It is important to explore different positions and sexual activities with your partner in order to keep the both the spark and the comfort in your sex life.
Is it Safe?
You bet your pregnant belly sex during pregnancy is safe! Couples are often reluctant to engage in sexual intercourse during pregnancy for fear that it will hurt their baby. As long as you are having a normal pregnancy free of complications, sex will in no way harm your little one. Your baby is protected from any thrusting that takes place during sex by both your abdomen and the amniotic sac. The mucus plug, which closes off the opening of your cervix, also helps to keep her safe from infections. As long as your health care provider says its okay, you can go ahead and continue to have intercourse right through the third trimester, until your water breaks. In fact, as you due date looms, you may even be instructed to have sex to help bring on labor naturally!
When to Avoid Sex During Pregnancy
It is highly unlikely that you will have to stop having sexual intercourse at any point during your pregnancy. However, your health care provider may recommend that you abstain from sex during pregnancy if you are facing certain pregnancy complications. These complications could include:
Getting into Position
Now that your body is changing, you may find that sexual intercourse isn’t always as comfortable as it used to be. The missionary position with you on the bottom and your partner on top may become increasingly awkward as your pregnant belly begins to grow. You and your partner may have to participate in some interesting gymnastic maneuvers in order to find the position that is most comfortable for you. Here are some tried and tested sexual positions that you might want to try during your pregnancy.
Woman on Top
This position has you straddling your partner, while he lies down on the bed. This is a great position as it takes all the pressure off of your abdomen and allows you to control the depth and frequency of thrusting. It also gives your partner a great view!
Woman on Back
This position is like the missionary position only without any added pressure to your abdomen or uterus. You lie on your back and raise your knees up towards your chest. Your partner then kneels between your legs and enters from the front. You can even rest your feet on your partner’s chest for support. Place a pillow under your bottom for added comfort. This position isn’t recommended after the fourth month – you should avoid lying on your back for extended periods after this point in your pregnancy, as the weight of your uterus could block blood vessels that supply your uterus and legs.
This position has you and your partner lying on your sides facing one another. It keeps weight off of your abdomen while supporting your uterus at the same time. It is also very intimate, as you and your partner are both facing one another.
Spooning is one of the most popular positions to use during the late stages of pregnancy. Both you and your partner lie on your sides, with your partner behind you, facing your back. Entry is from the rear. This position is very comfortable for pregnant women because it keeps the weight off your belly and allows for only shallow penetration. Sometimes, deep penetration is very uncomfortable in the late stages of pregnancy.
People often forget that sexual intercourse can also be performed in a sitting position. Get your partner to sit in a sturdy chair and then straddle him. This will keep any added pressure off of your stomach, and allows for a very intimate experience.
Affectionately known as "doggy style," the rear entry position is a favorite of many pregnant women. This is because it allows for deeper penetration and also gives you the opportunity to support your stomach and breasts. You get on all fours and, using pillows, support your stomach and chest. Your partner then stands or kneels behind you, and enters from behind. Because deep thrusting is involved, be sure to tell your partner exactly what feels good for you.
Oral and Anal Sex During Pregnancy
You may be wondering if it is safe to participate in oral or anal sex during pregnancy. Well, both oral and anal sex are safe during pregnancy as long as you take the proper precautions. Make sure that your partner is free from any STDs before you engage in any type of sexual contact. Use a dental dam during oral sex and a condom during anal sex.
However, there are some safety issues with oral and anal sex during pregnancy. Be sure to take anal sex especially slowly, to prevent tearing any rectal tissues. If you are engaging in oral sex, be sure your partner does not to blow air into the vagina as this could cause an air embolism. This is when air blocks certain blood vessels in the vagina, preventing proper circulation. This is a potentially life-threatening condition for both mother and baby, so be sure to guard against it when participating in oral sex.
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