If your doctor gives you the green light to have sex during pregnancy, go for it! “In a normal pregnancy, there’s no reason to refrain from intercourse as long as you want it, and as long as it’s comfortable,” says Chicago-based ob-gyn Lauren Streicher, M.D., author of Love Sex Again.
Staying comfortable is the rule, and that may be a challenge both in the beginning of your pregnancy, when you’re feeling bone-tired and barfy, and at the end of your pregnancy, when you’re huge and (again) feeling exhausted. The key is to find sexual positions that feel good at every stage.
Read on for our trimester-by-trimester guide to getting busy — with sex positions that will work for each of those nine months.
Sexual Positions During the First Trimester
It’s perfectly normal (and understandable!) if first-trimester fatigue and morning sickness have you feeling less than sexy. But if you are in the mood, first-trimester sex has its advantages: Most women are naturally well-lubed, have no big belly to work around, and may be extra-enthusiastic, thanks to the surge in pregnancy hormones that make your lady parts engorged and extra-sensitive.
Sex positions to try: “Anything goes during the first trimester,” Dr. Streicher says. So go ahead — scissor, get acrobatic, play with sex toys, or explore the entire Kama Sutra! If you’re tired, the missionary position is a beautiful thing — just lie back and enjoy the ride. Spooning can also be a great lazy-day option.
Sex positions to avoid: Good news — there are no no-nos! And if you’re worried that having sex during pregnancy will bring on a miscarriage, rest assured. “When you look at the data on miscarriage, or early pregnancy loss, there doesn’t seem to be any connection,” Dr. Streicher says. So talk to your doctor if you’re concerned, but know that unless you have a specific medical condition, sex during the first trimester should be perfectly safe.
Sexual Positions During the Second Trimester
Welcome to the “honeymoon trimester” for pregnancy sex! You’ll likely have passed the morning-sickness-and-fatigue stage, and may suddenly feel much more energized. Add in raging pregnancy hormones and, hello, you’re ready to bring sexy back.
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