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What's the most comfortable position?
When it comes to sex during pregnancy, your go-to positions may start feeling awkward as your belly gets bigger. Sex is definitely still in the picture – but you'll probably be looking for new ways to make it happen.
Here are some ideas (complete with illustrations!) to get you started.
Side-by-side, at an angle
You each lie on your side, your bodies creating a V-shape. Wedge a pillow under your back for support as you face your partner, and rest both legs over his hip. This position allows him to keep most of his weight off your belly.
You on top
This position can work throughout your pregnancy. Straddle your partner as he lies on his back. That way, there'll be no weight on your abdomen and you can control the depth of penetration.
On a chair
Straddle your partner as he sits on a sturdy chair. Position the chair near a wall or another piece of furniture to lean on when you're ready to get up from this position.
Side-by-side, from behind
Lie with your partner facing your back and entering from behind. Keep some pillows handy for extra support as your pregnancy progresses.
Penetration tends to be shallower in this position. That's a good thing, because deep thrusts can become uncomfortable in later months.
If you try missionary position after the first trimester, wedge a pillow under you so you're tilted, not flat on your back. And make sure your partner supports himself so his weight isn't on your belly.
Edge of the bed
Shift your bottom to the side or foot of the bed and lie back with your knees bent. (After the first trimester, wedge a pillow under one side so you're not completely flat on your back.)
Depending on the height of the bed, your partner can kneel or stand.
From behind, doggy style
Support yourself on your knees and elbows as your partner kneels and enters from behind. A pillow can provide needed tummy support.
When intercourse is out
If sex with penetration is uncomfortable, you and your partner may want to find other ways to be intimate.
Find out whether it's safe during pregnancy to use a lubricant, use a vibrator, receive oral sex, and more.
Dana Dubinsky is a health and science editor.
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