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Lovemaking positions during pregnancy

Keep on making love as late into pregnancy as you wish, as long as there are no medical reasons for abstaining[. Your baby is safe in your uterus. He's not harmed by normal sexual activity, and probably enjoys sex as much as you do as your hormones reach him via the placenta (see In Touch with your Baby).

Lovemaking positions
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In the early months, use any lovemaking position you like, but as your abdomen gets bigger you may find some positions uncomfortable. After about 24 weeks it's best to avoid lying on your back for any length of time so don't use the missionary position, with your partner on top - there are lots of other exciting options.

Positions: woman on top

You may find these the most comfortable positions from the second trimester onwards. As your abdomen grows, you can lift yourself further off his stomach by supporting yourself on your bent legs. This also prevents too much pressure on your abdomen and breasts. In these positions, too, it's easier for you to control the depth of penetration and the speed and rhythm of lovemaking.

These positions allow a great deal of intimacy. You and your partner have your hands free to caress and stroke each other and he can easily reach your breasts with his mouth.

Positions: kneeling and side by side

Kneeling positions allow your partner freedom of movement and let him vary the amount of penetration. Side-by-side positions are comfortable and permit plenty of kissing and caressing. The “spoons” position, so called because the partners nestle together like a pair of spoons, is also good to try if you feel any soreness when you start making love again after you've given birth, especially if you've had an episiotomy.

Positions: sitting

These positions are good in the middle and late months. They don't allow much movement, but are comfortable for you both and ease pressure on the abdomen. Also, the depth of penetration can be controlled. Your partner sits on a chair or the edge of the bed and you sit on his lap, either facing him, facing to one side, or facing away. Your partner can use his hands to caress your body and stimulate your clitoris. His range of movement is limited, so you control the sexual tempo.

Partner's dos and don'ts

If you're happy to make just a few changes to your lovemaking, you can improve the experience for your partner.

Do:

  • be tender, romantic, patient, and understanding
  • use different kinds of stroking, such as using a firm hand over her abdomen if the baby kicks
  • keep your weight off her stomach and breasts when you make love
  • use lots of pillows for greater comfort and to get the right angles around the curves of her body
  • take your time when you're making love, and don't be afraid to experiment.

Don't:

  • force her to make love if she doesn't feel like it
  • expect her to have simultaneous orgasms - or even one orgasm.

Posted 30.06.2010

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