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Positions for intercourse

Positions for intercourse


If you are not used to trying different positions for penetrative sex you may need to become inventive and adventurous during pregnancy to achieve intercourse comfortably. As the woman's belly gets bigger, using the missionary position (the partner lying on top of woman) can be a bit tricky, but fine if the man's weight is held off her. The partner will often need a strong upper body to maintain this. Regardless of the partner's ability to stay off her belly, the woman may feel light headed, breathless or have more heartburn if lying flat on her back for a long time, so having a few pillows under her head may help.

Missionary Position Image 2-34 shows the partner lying on top of the woman (or the 'Missionary Position').

Other more comfortable positions can be lying side by side with the partner's front against the woman's back and penetrating the vagina from behind. This may be more comfortable for the woman in late pregnancy as the baby's head engages, as penetration is not so deep and she can control it a little with her buttocks.

Side lying sex position Image 2-35 shows both partners lying on their side with the woman in front

Penetrating the vagina from behind can also be achieved with the woman on all fours and the partner kneeling behind her.

All fours sex position Image 2-36 shows the all fours position.

Alternatively, the woman can sit or lie on top of her partner, giving her control of the penetration and having her belly free.

Woman on top sex position Image 2-37 shows the woman lying on top of her partner.

There are some aromatherapy essential oils with aphrodisiac properties including ginger, sandalwood and ylang ylang. Check with your caregiver and aromatherapist about burning these (never before 12 weeks of pregnancy).

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