These Are the 8 Best Sex Positions During Pregnancy

You might want to change things up from your typical routine.

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Sex during pregnancy is a different game than sex during any other time in your life. Your body is changing, everything feels different, and, oh yeah, you're probably not as physically comfortable as you usually are. But here's the thing: with the green light from your doctor, sex during pregnancy can be just as safe and satisfying as sex before baby.

"An unborn baby is surrounded by one to two liters of fluid, which serves as a protective cushion during sex," says Dr. Sherry A. Ross, MD, OB-GYN. The baby may be bounced around, she explains, but is usually safe and insulated at all times.

That's not to say you shouldn't be careful when exploring pregnancy sex. Dr. Ross suggests always discussing safe sex with your doctor, as there can be changes from trimester to trimester. "Between the hormonal changes, fatigue, and nausea, sex is usually not a high priority for women during the first trimester," she explains. Ross says the second trimester is one of the best times to have sex since women tend to feel more energetic then.

To highlight the best sex positions during pregnancy, we spoke to OB-GYNs about some of the safest positions you'll want to consider the next time the mood strikes. From spooning to reverse cowgirl, these are the sizzling pregnancy sex positions expecting moms and dads should keep on their radars.

1. The Missionary Position 

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How To Do It:

"When a woman is still early in the portion of her pregnancy, any position she finds enjoyable and comfortable is perfectly fine to try," says Dr. Felice Gersh, MD, OB-GYN, and founder and director of the Integrative Medical Group of Irvine. We won't explain missionary for you—you know the drill!

Why You Should Do It:

This kind of position is ideal for those in the early stages of pregnancy, especially since no position is really off-limits during this phase, says Dr. Gersh. However, after a woman begins to find lying flat on her back to be uncomfortable (this usually occurs after 20 weeks), she advises not having sex in this position.

2. The Spooning Position 

spooning sex position

How To Do It:

"This position requires that you lay sideways on the bed (curled into a C-shaped position) so that your partner is facing your back," says Dr. Anna Targonskaya, MD, OB-GYN, and medical consultant at Flo Health. Your partner than curls around you to penetrate from behind.

Why You Should Do It:

"During the second half of a pregnancy, a side-to-side position is far better than the missionary position," says Dr. Gersh.

Sometimes, the weight of the partner can be uncomfortable for a pregnant woman, Dr. Gersh explains. This can create too much pressure on the uterus, which can allow for a small risk of injury to the placenta, or to the pregnancy in general. A side-to-side position, she says, removes the risk of heavy pressure being applied onto the abdomen.

3. The Doggie-Style Position 

doggie style sex position

How To Do It:

According to Dr. Gersh, this sex position is also pregnancy-safe, as it allows the man to enter from the rear of the woman, while her hands and knees remain positioned on the floor.

Why You Should Do It:

This is another one of the best sex positions during pregnancy because it prevents any potentially harmful weight from being exerted on the abdomen.

4. The Edge-Of-The Bed Position 

edge of the bed sex position

How To Do It:

"This position allows the pregnant woman to remain on her back, tilted up with pillows," says Dr. Gersh. Since the woman is positioned at the end of the bed (with her bottom at the very bottom edge of the bed), Dr. Gersh explains that her legs should be free and supported by her partner, who can then enter her while in a standing position.

Why You Should Do It:

Since a woman is tilted up by pillows in this position, Dr. Gersh explains that it prevents any weight from putting too much pressure on the abdomen. And as long as there are no complications in the pregnancy, she suggests that positions like these should be safe and enjoyable, if approved by an obstetrician first.

5. The Cowgirl Position 

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How To Do It:

The woman-on-top (or cowgirl) position involves you straddling your partner while they lay on their back, says Dr. Targonskaya.

Why You Should Do It:

This position keeps the pressure off your belly and puts you in control, says Dr. Targonskaya. However, she warns that this position is only ideal if your belly size isn't causing you any back pain.

6. The Reverse Cowgirl Position 

reverse cowgirl sex position

How To Do It:

"The reverse cowgirl position works for all trimesters, but during the second (and third) you will love this position, as it keeps your stomach from being pressured," says Dr. Clare Morrison, GP.

Why You Should Do It:

Along with the various other best sex positions during pregnancy, Dr. Morrison suggests this one because it puts you in control of penetration depth, speed, and angles. It may also apply pressure against your G-spot, she adds, which can create a different and more intense kind of orgasm.

7. The LeapFrog Position 

lep frog sex position

How To Do It: 

"This position is particularly good for the second trimester, as it is great to try if you're feeling a little tired, because it somewhat gives you a rest," says Dr. Morrison. To do it, get into the doggie style position and then rest your head and arms on the bed.

Why You Should Do It:

By tilting your pelvis, Dr. Morrison explains that this position changes the depth of penetration and will give you more intense pleasure. Using a pillow, she advises, will help to give your arms and head some extra support.

8. The Scissor Position 

How To Do It: 

"This position is ideal for the first trimester," Dr. Morrison explains. This move is not only gentle, she says, but it's a shallower form of penetrative sex when compared to other positions.

Why You Should Do It:

The blood flow in that region will also make your partner's pelvis against your genitals feel even more amazing, according to Dr. Morrison. This will give you a more intense orgasm, she adds.

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