Having Comfortable Sex 1 Use lots of lubrication. Try personal lubricants for more comfortable sex during pregnancy. Hormonal shifts while pregnant may make it easier or more difficult to produce your own natural lubrication.
To avoid any vaginal discomfort during sex, use as much lube as you need to feel comfortable. Look for water-based products, and avoid those with dyes or fragrances, which may be irritating. Lie on your side and have your partner enter you from behind.
This position takes pressure off your growing belly and gives your body additional support by lying down. Aim to lie on your left side, rather than your right. This increases the amount of nutrients and blood that flow to the placenta and to the baby.
Get on top of your partner so you can control the speed and depth of penetration. By controlling the action, you can determine what is most comfortable for you. On all fours, have your partner penetrate you from behind. You can place a pillow or two underneath your growing belly for additional support. You could create a special date night at home with candles, a movie, and lots of cuddling to feel close, too. Can I give you a massage instead?
I want to make you feel special. Cramping during sex, especially with orgasm, is normal during pregnancy. However, if you have persistent bleeding, leaking fluid, or pain after sex, call your provider for a check up. Talk to your doctor if you have unexplained vaginal bleeding, amniotic fluid leaking from your vagina, a multiple pregnancy, or a history of preterm labor. Your doctor may also discuss placenta previa with you, which is when the placenta covers the cervical opening.
These conditions may make you more prone to complications, and pelvic rest may be recommended. If you have a new partner or are not monogamous, practice safe sex during pregnancy with condoms and dental dams. Bacteria and viral infections from sexually transmitted diseases can affect your pregnancy and growing baby. Avoid lying flat on your back in the second and third trimesters.
In this position, your growing uterus puts pressure on a major artery in your body, which may reduce blood flow to your baby and make you feel lightheaded. Ask your partner not to blow air into your vagina during oral sex. In rare cases, this puff of air can block an artery, potentially harming the baby.
Herpes can cause neonatal herpes when a mother with no antibodies is infected for the first time in late pregnancy. While herpes is mostly a minor nuisance for adults, it can be fatal in infants. Having anal sex then vaginal sex can transfer harmful bacteria to the vaginal canal. This bacteria can cause vaginal and uterine infections in rare cases.
Table anal sex until after birth. Whether you deliver by C-section or vaginally, your doctor will want to examine you for any post-birth complications before you engage in sex. Typically this check up is 6 weeks after the birth of your child. Depending upon how this examination goes, your doctor will clear you for sex.
Use water-based personal lubricants for more comfortable sex after birth. Low estrogen during breastfeeding can make vaginal skin dry and make producing natural lubrication more difficult. Use condoms, low-dose oral contraceptives, or another method advised by your doctor for contraception after birth.
While some women take a while to ovulate again after birth, particularly if breastfeeding, others are capable of ovulation right away. Consult with your doctor at your postpartum follow up about the right birth control option for you.