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Sexual positions during pregnancy

For many pregnant women, sexuality during the first trimester has its ups and downs. Lust and desire are mixed with fear, needs and uncertainties.

Every trimester is different from the next and has its own special kind of sexual particularities that will lead you to change positions.

Woman on top

During the first trimester, the belly hasn’t popped out yet, but breasts can be especially sensitive and sometimes painful. The missionary position (man on top) isn’t a winning position throughout the entire pregnancy. But there is an exception: if the man can avoid putting his weight on his partner, the missionary position can be comfortable. Many women are not comfortable lying on their back later on during pregnancy (after the second trimester). The pressure on the interior organs does not make sexual intercourse enjoyable. The positions you choose during your first trimester will probably end-up being your favourites during your entire pregnancy, but some adjustments will have to be made as the weeks go by.

The cowgirl position

The cowgirl position (man lies on his back with the woman on top) is very interesting since it allows the woman to control the rhythm, movement and depth of penetration. The woman feels in control during sex and if she becomes uncomfortable or in pain, she can adjust or put an end to penetration. If the breasts are sensitive, the man will have to refrain from touching them. The woman could enjoy holding her breasts during the back and forth movement.

The reversed cowgirl

The reversed cowgirl (woman on top with her back to her partner) allows the woman to rest on her partners thighs. In the beginning of the pregnancy, stability and balance are not yet affected so the woman can stimulate her clitoris during penetration.

Doggy style

Doggy style (penetrating from behind) is exciting as long as the woman is capable of resting comfortably on her forearms. As the pregnancy progresses and the belly starts to weigh down, pillows and cushions become essential. Adding a pillow will allow the woman to rest her head as well.

Spooning

Spooning (both partners are lying on their side and the woman’s back is resting on the man’s torso) is a position that does not allow deep penetration and lowers the back and forth movement. It is what we call a “calm” sexual position. Nevertheless, if you want to accelerate the rhythm, place your bodies in a 90 degree angle (if the woman’s belly allows it). When the belly is bigger, the woman can raise one knee (the one opposite from the bed) to let the penis penetrate easier and the man will change the angle of his body.

The chair position

The chair position remains very interesting as long as the woman is able to rest on a table or desk. This position allows couples in a later stage of pregnancy to enjoy the joys of penetration without getting exhausted. The man sits on a chair (not too high, not too low) while the woman straddles him, turning her back to him and resting on a counter, desk or table in front of her. In this position, penetration is deep but the woman can adjust herself depending on her comfort level.

Others ways

Oral, manual or anal sex can also be done depending on the couple’s interests and desires. Sex during pregnancy has to be about the woman’s comfort. It’s not about trying all the Kama Sutra positions!

Julie Pelletier

Sexologue/Sexologist

With a Masters Degree in Sexology, a Minor in Arts and Sciences (concentration in psychology) and a Certificate in Criminology, Julie Pelletier has rapidly made a name for herself in the media by becoming a weekly chronicler for many programs. She currently works for 98,5 FM as the host of a show called “Sexuellement parlant”. She also collaborates weekly to the Journal de Montréal since 1998.

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