Romping in the sack with a baby on the way can seem scary, especially for first-time parents, but don’t worry because research shows that sex during pregnancy is completely safe. Finding pregnancy sex positions that are both comfortable and pleasure-boosting may not be easy, but we promise it’s possible—no matter what trimester you’re in.
And newsflash: you can experience wilder sex during pregnancy! Because during gestation, your body’s levels of progesterone and estrogen rise. These hormones increase blood down there, which boost vaginal lubrication and breast sensitivity. Because your body is changing, areas may become sensitive to the point of pain. It is necessary to check in from week to week—and even day to day—to know what works, what feels good, and what doesn’t.
If you’re in the mood for some sensual action and are looking into positions to try during pregnancy, you’ve come to the right place! But before you read and try these pregnancy sex positions, make sure to know the precautions needed to ensure safe sex during pregnancy. The best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy is to get professional consultation from your doctor. And another part of the necessities is always using condoms to avoid further infections.
Here, we dish on the best pregnancy sex positions and tips for each position to help you get great Os. We will also have an FAQ to answer your further queries.
25 Best Pregnancy Sex Positions
For our soon-to-be-mommies out there that want to get into a heated frenzy, we give you the best pregnancy sex positions. Here, we share the steps on how to do each position, suitable trimester for each position, as well as bonus tips.
If you love missionary, this is a fun, not to mention sexy, way to change things up!
How to do it: Lie down at the edge of a bed, chair, or couch, with your feet firmly planted on the floor. Your partner will get down on their knees or stand, depending on the height of the surface. Have your partner grab your thighs and enter you with a penis or strap-on.
Trimester: We recommend doing this position during the first trimester.
Tip: This position lets your partner do all of the work, which can be a bonus if you’re exhausted from, you know, growing a human being. You could also use a sex toy such as a vibe if you’d want more clitoral stimulation in this position.
Gauge your comfort along the way if you want to try this classic position. It can be dangerous to lie on your back, but if you are comfortable on your back and not short of breath or dizzy, then it should be dine.
How to do it: This position is described as having you, the female partner lying flat on your back with the male partner on top, facing you and then, when you are ready, he penetrates you with his penis.
Trimester: Missionary is best for sex during the first and second trimesters. Any further along, your uterus gets heavy enough to put pressure on the vena cava, which is the major vein that circulates blood from your heart through your body and to the baby. So avoid missionary in your third trimester to prevent complications.
Tip: You may experience vaginal dryness when you try missionary in your first and second trimesters so always have a lube in hand for efficient lubrication.
If you’re up to some wild grinding, the corkscrew is a fantastic choice!
How to do it: Rest on your hip and forearm close to the edge of the bed (or couch, futon, counter…) with your thighs pressed together, then your partner can massage your body while they penetrate you with a penis or toy. If you can handle it, thrust your hips slightly and match your partner’s speed to share the stroke.
Trimester: This is great for the first and second trimester, as your belly is still quite flat at this point and still allows you to try wilder poses.
Tip: This position is great if you already have experience with kegel exercises because it requires some lower body endurance to let you feel maximum pleasure.
Soon, it may be tougher to lie on your back for an extended amount of time, so get this position out of your system before you have to switch things up.
How to do it: Lie flat on your back with your legs in the air, criss-crossed or wrapped around your partner’s neck, while they enter you with a penis or strap-on. Crossing your legs makes your vaginal opening even tighter, which will feel extra intense.
Trimester: This is most ideal for the first trimester.
Tip: In this move, your partner has full access to your breasts and nipples, which will be feeling super-sensitive, thanks to that fun estrogen and progesterone spike. You could use nipple clamps to further the nipple stimulation.
5Floating Pregnant Position
This position, as the image suggests, is enjoyed in the bathtub. You, the pregnant partner, can float while giving or receiving pleasure.
How to do it: Have your partner lie under you for support and let their hands stimulate your sensitive areas for pleasure. If using sex toys, be sure to use water-proof ones.
Trimester: Fortunately, this works for all trimesters. However, during the third trimester, when you’re more sensitive, and libido is low, this position is comforting where orgasms don’t have to be the end game. This can be about sensually caring for each other.
Tip: You have to be careful and carry your body well as you maneuver to this position because the tub may be quite slippery. And you don’t want to put all your weight on your partner who’s at the bottom. To prepare for this position, you can try light core exercises or leg exercises to strengthen your core and lower body muscles.
While this is not exactly a pregnancy sex position, this outercourse activity lets you connect with your partner wherever you’re comfortable, from the couch to the shower to the bed.
How to do it: Sit facing each other with legs spread wide for a full-frontal face-off that’ll make your inner exhibitionist and voyeur proud. Doing side-to-side masturbation works for all too, and it’ll appeal especially to someone nervous about masturbating together. You can lie or sit side-by-side to get your rub-on. Eye contact makes all sex hotter, but this position makes it optional so you can roll over to gaze when you’re ready.
Trimester: Mutual masturbation is fine to do in all trimesters. In most low-risk pregnancies, masturbation is a perfectly safe way to relieve stress and manage an elevated libido. That said, you should always defer to the advice of their doctors.
Tip: You could include using a sex toy to stimulate yourself further while masturbating. It is perfectly safe to use sex toys, such as vibrators or dildos, as long as they are clean.
A thrilling position, Magic Mountain didn’t get this name for nothing.
How to do it: Your partner sits, legs bent, leaning back on their hands and forearms. You do the same and then inch toward them until you make contact.
Trimester: This position is great during the first trimester because it is quite the workout. It requires both of you to exert the same if not a seamless grinding pattern.
Tip: Make sure you stretch your lower body well before doing this exercise to avoid any discomfort along the way.
This position is for the adventurous couples out there, but why not try it before your belly starts to take over?
How to do it: Start in a missionary position. But before the auction begins, have your partner slide their legs. Then chest off of your body so that their limbs cross over yours.
Trimester: You can do this in your first trimester because your body can still maneuver to complex positions at this point.
Tip: A move like this requires tons of lubrication, which all those pregnancy hormones will help you naturally achieve.
If you’re uncomfortable with vaginal penetration, try doing it through the backdoor. Anal sex is safe during pregnancy. Just make sure to be in a from-behind position such as doggy style. Also, don’t forget to keep a bottle of water-based lubricant—the anus doesn’t lubricate itself, so gotta keep that lube handy.
How to do it: Start slow. Have extra time to set up the mood and foreplay. Once you’re ready to dive in, you can position yourself by getting on your forearms and knees, booty up in the air. After that, your man must kneel behind you and start slowly thrusting in.
Trimester: You can do this position during all trimesters. However, once you’ve reached your third trimester, it can be uncomfortable to do the doggy since you’re carrying extra weight on your tummy area. You might try having anal with another position, such as spooning.
Tip: You have to be extra careful when doing anal. You must avoid getting your partner’s penis, fingers, toys, or even tongue from the butt to the vagina. Doing that can spread bacteria to the vagina that could lead to various complications such as UTI.
Doggy style never goes out of style.
If you’re looking for a fun position that doesn’t compromise your safety, here’s a must-try position. It’s also one of the most suggested pregnancy sex positions since most pregnant women find it uncomfortable to lie down.
How to do it: Get on your hands and knees while your partner kneels from behind. Once positioned, your partner can start thrusting in and out of your vagina.
Trimester: This position works best during the first and second trimesters. By the beginning of the third trimester, there’ll be about two extra pounds around your tummy area, making it more challenging to do this position.
Tip: If you feel some backache with this position, consider propping up your chest on some pillows.
A naughty position to try, the laptop is positioned in a way your bodies are placed like a laptop together.
How to do it: While facing away from your partner, sit on their lap while they sit in a chair—ideally, one without armrests—and let them do the rest of the work. Whether you use this position to grind on each other or receive penetration, you have tons of leverage: Being upright provides extra G-spot stimulation, and since your belly is out of the way, you can find the angles you like best.
Trimester: Have this position on rotation in your first and second trimester. You and your hubby will surely enjoy it.
Tip: He can finger your clitoris or play with your nipples as he penetrates you in this position. Have at it while your belly is still not fully growing.
Serve your man a hot meal. With the Eat Out position, you’re getting oral sex from your man in a comfortable position. If you’re not up for penetrative sex, this is one of the best alternatives for that.
How to do it: Lie on your back, then gently spread your legs. Your partner must then kneel or lie by his stomach, having his face just right in front of your pussy. Once positioned, he can start eating you out.
Trimester: Good for all trimesters!
Tip: Try using a vibrator when doing this sex position. He can place the vibrator just right in your clit while he’s busy licking the other parts of your vulva.
13Girl On Top
Someone told you that going on top while pregnant is a no-no? Forget about that. Doing this position is inherently safe.
What’s great about doing this position during pregnancy is that you fully control the depth and pace. It also helps to hit the right spots with minimal adjustments, so if you want to go to the O-town, this position is a must-try.
How to do it: Have your man lie down first. Then, climb on top of him, kneel on either side of his waist. After some steamy foreplay, you can either put your hands on his shoulders, chest or even hold hands with him to steady yourself. Once you’re all positioned, bounce up and down to your man’s penis.
Trimester: Works best during the first and second trimesters.
Tip: If you’re sensitive down there or already in your third trimester, avoid doing this sex position. Having deep penetration may irritate your cervix and cause accidental bleeding.
This sex position could also be called “I’m too tired to hold myself up,” but it does more than give you rest. It’s one of the best positions during pregnancy because tilting your pelvis changes the depth of penetration to spice things up.
How to do it: Lie face down on a bed, with your knees bent and hips raised. Lean forward and prop your body up using your forearms and pillows. Have your partner enter you from behind while also bending their knees.
Trimester: Ideal for the second trimester because it caters to an already growing belly and gives the pregnant partner more rest, plus more time to receive pleasure.
Tip: This position can be done right after another second trimester position because this allows deeper penetration which can perfectly lead to orgasm for both partners.
By looking at our illustration above, you might think that this is an exotic position. But good news, this is a fairly easy position—no acrobatics required. It also works best on pregnant women since it gets you to lie on your side and have him take full control of the whole shebang.
How to do it: First, lie on your side. Your one leg must be on the bed while the other one is right on top of it. After that, you man must lie on his side. But in the opposite direction (head is close to your feet). Next, raise your leg and bend it so that your man has easy access to your vagina. While doing that, he needs to slip his lower leg underneath your lower leg right by your crotch.
After that, he should put his upper leg over your lower leg and move his crotch towards you, having your lower leg in between his legs. Once positioned, you must look like the one in the illustration above. You’re facing away from your man, lying on your side, while he is facing towards your back. Then he can start penetrating.
Trimester: Works best during the first and second trimesters.
Tip: You need a lot of space for this position. This position is best when you have a double bed or something wider. Plus, you have to spend some time maneuvering to see which spots please you both, so take your time with it.
If you’re expecting walking side-to-side after doing this position ala Ariana, this is not it. But don’t you fret! Side sex is still one of the best pregnancy sex positions out there as it allows you to lie by your side.
How to do it: You and your partner must lie on your sides, facing each other. Make sure you’re close enough for penetration. Next, put your lower leg in between his legs while the other is on top of his upper leg. (See the illustration above for reference!) Once positioned, he can start thrusting in.
Trimester: Good for all, but works best on the third trimester since you can rest on your sides, preventing pressure on your belly area.
Tip: Dress up for the part! Who says you can’t get kinky during pregnancy? When finding a sexy costume, go for two-piece sets.
Get all cuddly with hubby with the spooning position. If you’re prioritizing comfort over anything else, this is one of the best pregnancy sex positions out there. With this position, you’re lying on your side. And your partner’s hugging and thrusting you from your behind.
How to do it: You and your man must lie on your sides, facing the same direction. Once positioned, he can start thrusting you from behind.
Trimester: Great for all, but works best during second and third trimesters.
Tip: Since your hands aren’t that busy for this position, you can use it to your advantage– play with your nipples or stimulate your clit!
Reverse Cowgirl is another variation of the Girl-On-Top position. This position works best for soon-to-be-mommies that want to take full control of the action. This position is also great if you don’t want your stomach to be compressed or touched.
How to do it: Have your man lie down on the bed. Climb on top of him, facing away. After planting sizzling kisses to the different parts of his body, start putting his penis onto your vagina and start bouncing up and down.
Trimester: Great anytime, but works best during the second and third trimesters.
Tip: Be careful when bouncing in and out of your man! Getting deep penetration may irritate your cervix and unexpected bleeding.
19Kneeling Reverse Cowgirl
If you’re feeling adventurous, this is a variation of the reverse Cowgirl that you may want to try!
How to do it: This time, your partner kneels (instead of lying down) while you lean back onto them, reverse cowgirl-style. This means little pressure on your back and a nice transition into doggy style (in case you were looking for one).
Trimester: This position is most ideal for the first and second trimesters. The kneeling reverse Cowgirl requires a bit of flexibility and endurance from both partners. And in your first and second trimester, your belly is still not fully grown, so you can still be more acrobatic in your sexcapades at these phases.
Tip: This position can be quite tiring, so make sure both of you are already close to the peak when trying the kneeling reverse Cowgirl. Spend tons of time on foreplay before finally trying this position to ensure great Os.
For this position, you have to sit throughout the deed while your hubby does its magic. You can try penetrative or oral sex and even add sex toys to the mix!
How to do it: Sit down on the sofa or the edge of the bed. Next, gently spread your legs wide so that your partner will have easy access to your vagina. Your man should then sit, stand, or kneel in front of you. Once positioned, he can either penetrate you or perform oral sex on you.
Trimester: This one is perfect for all trimesters.
Tip: Since your hands are free for this position, you can use it to your advantage– play with your nipples or stimulate your clit!
Looking for something challenging? Here’s a sex position to try. Just make sure you’re standing near a wall for stability. Also, just stand on the solid ground—standing on blocks or chairs is a big no-no.
How to do it: Both of you should stand upright, facing in the same direction. After that, have your partner grab your waist or hug you from behind. Once positioned, your partner can start thrusting in.
Trimester: This position works best for the first and second trimesters. As for the third trimester, it’s best to hurry away—having a bigger belly will bring more difficulty in doing this position.
Tip: As for your man, he should only do moderate thrusts with this position. Keep the pace nice and steady too!
22Seated On Top
This is pretty much like the woman on top position, except it’s done on a chair, which can give different sensations because your bodies are much closer here than maneuver widely on a bed.
How to do it: 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.
Trimester: You can do this in your second or third trimester because while you are on top, your partner will be the one humping you from below. It allows you to receive while also making great eye contact as you make love.
Tip: Make sure you have a sturdy spot to hold on to and balance yourself in this position because it can get wild as you straddle and make love to your partner.
23The Hot Seat
This fantastic sex position allows for maximum leverage and lets you easily figure out which angles feel most pleasant.
How to do it: Have your partner sit on the edge of a bed or chair and lower yourself down, facing away. This allows for maximum leverage, and you can test out which angles feel most comfortable.
Trimester: The hot seat is best during the second trimester. This time, you will notice a little more of a belly bump, but it’s still easy to maneuver around.
Tip: Your partner’s hands are free to stroke your breasts and clit. And, if you do it in front of a mirror, it makes it extremely sexy and intimate.
Enjoy maximum penetration with this position! The spork is essentially a twist on the spooning that enables deeper eye contact and penetration.
How to do it: While you lie on your back, raise your right leg so they can position their body between your legs at a 90-degree angle and enter you. Your legs will form the tines of a spork (that’s a spoon-fork combo). You can do this with them facing you or facing your back.
Trimester: This position requires flexibility so it’s most ideal in your first trimester to try.
Tip: Synchronize your breathing. One of you takes the lead and the other follows so that you inhale and exhale together. The coordinated rhythm opens an unspoken dialogue of intimacy.
This is a total win-win position because it gives you a comfortable base and allows easy access for your partner!
How to do it: Sit with your butt on the edge of a bed, bench, counter, or table, with your partner supporting your legs. Have your partner enter you from this position. Now, isn’t that super simple?
Trimester: This pregnancy sex position is great for the third trimester because you’re in the bottom and relaxed position while your partner can seamlessly penetrate you as he stands.
Tip: Your partner can give you some great clitoral play in this position too so don’t hesitate to suggest it. You could even include a vibrator in the action to spice things up.
Get Great Pregnancy Sex With These Essentials
Enjoy sex even further with the help of our highly recommended sex toys and essentials. Feel free to explore new toys with your partner and share stimulating bliss together!
1Jive by We-Vibe
Get buzzing pleasures with this alluring vibe. The Jive by We-Vibe is a wearable vibrator that features powerful vibrations, all packed in an ergonomically-designed silicone casing. Not only that, but you can also control this through the We-Connect App. So if you want your partner to take over your pleasure, they can do just that.
2Pheros Fantasy Pheromones Cream
Unleash your inner vixen, even during pregnancy sex, with the Pheros Fantasy Pheromones Cream! This skin and hair moisturizer comes with a specialized formula that nourishes the hair and provides a youthful glow on the skin. It also comes with a sultry scent that’ll surely arouse your partner’s senses.
3Green Apple Lube
Enjoy pregnancy sex with something fruity for your coochie and booty! Level up your sexual plays with the Lauvette Green Apple Lube. It’s made with a body-safe, non-staining, non-greasy, and long-lasting formula, making it a luscious staple for your sexcapades.
4Eclipse Eye Mask
Fulfill your naughty fantasies with this exquisite blindfold. Plunge your submissive self into darkness and let sensations take over with the Eclipse Eye Mask.
Finger vibrators have never been this adorable! The Ducky Vibrator is small and in the shape of an adorable little duck. It even has a small pointy beak. Just have your partner slip it in his finger and have him let you experience an earth-shattering orgasm.
Pregnancy Sex: Frequently Asked Questions
As you’ve learned the different pregnancy sex positions, we can feel your excitement and further curiosity. And as for your other concerns, don’t worry—we have that section just for that. We’re going to answer the most commonly asked questions about pregnancy sex.
1Are there benefits when having sex while pregnant?
Yes! There are tons of benefits that you could get from getting on with your hubby. First, it reduces stress, increases cardiovascular blood flow, strengthens your pelvic floor, and makes the delivery so much easier. Plus, sex helps you bond more with your partner, improving your emotional health.
2What’s the difference between regular sex and pregnancy sex?
If you’re having sex while pregnant, your vagina may be too sensitive at times, making penetrative sex downright uncomfortable. And due to the change in hormones, you may feel wetter than ever. You may even experience easier orgasms because of the increased blood flow and change in hormones.
Overall, you will be experiencing a rollercoaster of emotional and physical change in your body, so it’s natural to have fluctuating feelings.
3How safe is pregnancy sex?
As long as you’re not experiencing cervix complications such as placenta previa, it’s safe to have sex while pregnant.
If you think that the baby could get hurt during the deed, do not worry. Your baby is fully protected in your uterus. The uterus filter system is highly selective on what goes in and what goes out. On the other hand, if your OB-Gyne asked you to have a pelvic rest, then that’s when you must refrain from having penetrative sex. Go for oral sex instead.
4Can pregnancy sex cause miscarriage?
Miscarriages usually result from a fetus that’s having difficulty with development. There’s no way that pregnancy sex can cause it. If you’re having sex with new or multiple partners, just make sure to use protection all the time. If you get a sexually transmitted infection (STI) during pregnancy, you may end up with a pelvic inflammatory disease. This may then lead to early labor, miscarriage, and other serious complications. So always consult with your healthcare provider to properly monitor the progress of your pregnancy.
5Is it normal for sex to be painful during pregnancy?
Due to hormonal changes, your intimate areas may get extra sensitive. With that, you may feel some pain when doing the deed. Now, should you just ignore it? If you feel uncomfortable, it’s better to stop and consider other positions or alternatives. After all, being intimate isn’t just thrusting in and out of one’s genitals.
And there you have it, a comprehensive list of pregnancy sex positions! Whether you are pregnant or simply preparing, we hope this article helps you get more intense and intimate pleasure with your partner.
And if you are interested in more sexual health topics, feel free to check our articles here. Or, if you have very specific questions, you can always ask Dr. Sex for help. That’s it for now, and good luck, lovers!