Uncomfortable Intercourse

Try these positions if you find that intercourse is becoming uncomfortable as the baby grows.

You and your partner may start to find that your old, familiar lovemaking positions don't fit your new, curvier figure. However, you don't need the flexibility of a gymnast in order to maintain a love life during pregnancy.

Try experimenting with different positions. Consider making love side by side (either facing each other or with your partner facing your back); with you on top, leaning forward and supporting yourself with your hands and arms so he doesn't penetrate too deeply; or with him on top with his arms outstretched to hold himself up so he doesn't crush your belly. Unless your doctor advises against it or your partner has herpes, oral sex is another option, if you're both comfortable with it.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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