- 20 Safe Sex Positions While Pregnant
- 1. Woman On Top
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- 2. Reverse Cowgirl
- 3. Seated On the Edge of a Bed or Chair
- 4. Spooning
- 5. Kneeling
- 6. Doggy Style
- 7. Scissors
- 8. Standing and Leaning On the Bed
- 9. On a Chair
- 10. Oral Sex
- 11. Propped on Pillows
- 12. Policeman
- 13. Leap Frog
- 14. Rear Entry
- 15. Side by Side
- 16. Couch Potato
- 17. Lap Top
- 18. Counter Intuitive
- 19. Mutual Masturbation
- 20. Mattress Hold
There’s no reason not to have sex when you’re pregnant. These pregnancy-safe sex positions will maximise your enjoyment. Sex may feel better during pregnancy because increased blood flow to the pelvic area can heighten the sensation during sex.
That said, some sex positions are easier and more comfortable as your baby belly grows. You may think you know what spots and places work best — or you may be surprised by the areas that you haven’t even considered before! No matter what, we have you covered. Here are 20 of the best of the best!
20 Safe Sex Positions While Pregnant
1. Woman On Top
The woman straddles her partner, who is lying on their back. Since you’re not resting on your abdomen, you can control the depth of penetration, which is why this position can be particularly comfortable—especially later in pregnancy.
What’s more, this sex position during pregnancy for women who are feeling sexy AF. Every woman has a different level of comfort with this position, but if you love your pregnant body, this is the position for you,
Your partner will get a perfect view of your ample breasts, full hips, and round belly. This can be so empowering during pregnancy, and of course, in this position, you ultimately control the speed, depth, and pattern of thrusts.
2. Reverse Cowgirl
This is like “woman on top,” but, this time, you spin around, which can result in more clitoral stimulation. If needed, you can also use a vibrator for clitoral stimulation with some of the positions. (Try one of these best vibrators for women.)
And, like other woman-on-top positions, Reverse Cowgirl gives you full control, so you can quickly adjust if anything feels off. You’re on top but facing backwards, and can do whatever feels best with your hands, whether that’s clitoral stimulation or supporting your belly or breasts. Your partner will still get a great view of your hips and butt, but you’ll be entirely in control.
3. Seated On the Edge of a Bed or Chair
You’re seated on the edge of the bed or in a sturdy chair, and your partner is standing or kneeling in front of you (whichever is appropriate for the height of the bed or chair).
This sex position during pregnancy is safe (and pleasurable) for mom since you’re not lying on her abdomen and her partner is doing a lot of the work.
Not only does this position win in the romance department, but it’s also a high sex position for pregnancy. You lie on your side with your partner lying behind you. This position takes the pressure off of your uterus and back.
Also, penetration usually isn’t as deep in the spooning position, so it can be particularly beneficial if you find that deep penetration is uncomfortable during pregnancy, she says.
This is ideal because there is no pressure on the belly, and it is supported on one side by the bed, so this pregnancy sex position is a go-to during the third trimester for sure.
To make this sex position as pleasurable as possible, she suggests clitoral stimulation. Either you can do it yourself or ask your partner to do it, which they’ll most likely find incredibly sexy.
This sex position is high for pregnant women, as there’s no pressure on you; your partner is doing most of the movements. Your partner kneels on the bed, and you sit back in their lap, like a kneeling reverse cowgirl—there’s no pressure on your belly or back.
This is great for penetrative sex or oral sex. This position can quickly morph into doggy style by placing all fours on the bed, a high sex position during pregnancy (more on that below).
Your partner can continue standing or kneel on the bed. Again, this is an excellent opportunity for you to speak up and tell your partner what you like as far as depth and speed are concerned and if you prefer clitoral stimulation. Just make sure not to collapse your knees to lie flat on your belly, which is an unsafe sex position during pregnancy.
6. Doggy Style
In this position, you’re on your hands and knees, and your partner enters from behind, which offers shallower penetration with no harm to your belly.
This sex position is a great way to control speed and depth if you’re timid about sex during pregnancy. If being on all fours is placing too much weight on your shoulders, arms, and wrists (which some women report), I recommend the ‘puppy’ pose.
Place your forearms on the bed or floor with your palms facing down, and have your partner kneel and enter you from behind. All of the work will be on your partner, and you should feel like you’re in a comfortable and supported position.
Lie at opposite ends of the bed with legs scissored together. Why is this a high sex position during pregnancy? From here, sex can be slower and gentler. Besides, it also offers a great view and is a steamier sex position that can help if you’re trying to keep your sex drive up during pregnancy and connect with your partner.
8. Standing and Leaning On the Bed
Another favourite position during pregnancy is standing while leaning forward with your hands on the side of the bed, back of the couch, countertop, or dressed.
Again, this keeps all pressure off your belly and creates an excellent opportunity for you to communicate with your partner about speed and depth of penetration.
Let your partner worry about standing on something or doing squats to find the ideal angle. Bonus: “This is another position where reaching your clitoris is easy.”
9. On a Chair
Friends of mine who’ve been through multiple pregnancies swear by this one! You sit on the chair and let him kneel in front of you. Ideally, make the chair a little higher than your guy, so he’s pushing up instead of right on the tummy.
10. Oral Sex
Not exactly a “position” per se, but it pays to know that performing oral sex or having oral sex performed on you is certainly not out of the question! Just know that your partner shouldn’t be blowing air into your vagina, as it could cause an embolism (air getting into your blood stream), which could be life-threatening to you and the baby. But as long as you avoid “heavy winds” down there, you should be fine!
11. Propped on Pillows
Missionary can get challenging if you’re not supposed to be lying flat on your back, so add a few pillows, and you’re good to go!
Nicknamed the “policeman” position — because it’s like you’re being frisked by the police — you stand facing the wall with your palms spread and your legs spread. If your arms get tired, you can use your elbows to lean against the wall.
13. Leap Frog
Consider using the mattress as your ultimate support system, like with this position, where you’re on all fours and resting your arms and head on the mattress to help hold the weight of your stomach.
14. Rear Entry
This position can be used in any trimester, but is ideal for the end of pregnancy, so your belly is out of the way. You can do this on hands and knees and your partner kneeling behind you.
15. Side by Side
A good choice for late pregnancy, this position allows you to control thrust and keep weight off your belly. You lie side by side, facing each other. Your partner slips his leg over yours (your leg can be either straight and to the side or bent at the knee) and enters you from an angle. Before the third trimester, you can also lie on your back and he on his side. Put your leg that’s closest to him over his legs. He can enter you from the back and side, and still have his face next to yours.
16. Couch Potato
A variation on rear entry with extra cushy support that also allows for you to mix it up by getting out of the bedroom! Kneel on a couch with your belly facing the back of it; use your arms for support while your husband enters from behind.
17. Lap Top
Kinda like reverse cowgirl, but with your man sitting on a chair, and you sitting on his lap facing away from him.
18. Counter Intuitive
Make like Brangelina in their famous Mr. and Mrs. Smith sex scene, and do it on a counter or sink. Because you’re propped up, you’re not on your back, which can be bad for the baby, and it raises you to his level without props or discomfort.
19. Mutual Masturbation
Another one that’s not exactly a “position,” but it can make for a visually-appealing change of pace!
20. Mattress Hold
A variation of you on all fours, except this position allows you to have your arms and head on the mattress (to keep you from having to hold up all that belly weight with your arms).
During pregnancy, you might feel anything from erotic to sensual or far removed from wanting to have sex. But don’t fall into the trap of thinking it’s not possible to be pregnant and sexually active.
In fact, learn exactly what it means to have pregnancy sex, from how it feels to how it actually affects the baby.