18 Best Sex Positions While Pregnant

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According to experts, the scissors position generally makes for gentler and slower penetration (which would explain why it's often recommended for pregnant women)!

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5Edge of the Bed

Also called the Dr. Ruth and Dr. Amos position, this entails lying at the end of the bed or toward the corner of the bed, with your partner kneeling or standing on the floor at the foot of the bed.

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6Oral Sex

Not exactly a "position" per se, but it pays to know that performing oral sex or having oral sex performed on you is certainly not out of the question! Just know that your partner shouldn't be blowing air into your vagina, as it could cause an embolism (air getting into your blood stream), which could be life-threatening to you and the baby. But as long as you avoid "heavy winds" down there, you should be fine!

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7Propped on Pillows

Missionary can get challenging if you're not supposed to be lying flat on your back, so add a few pillows, and you're good to go!

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8Reverse Cowgirl

The "reverse" of woman on top, where you face your partner's feet, keeps the weight off your belly and allows you to control the pace and depth of movement.

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Nicknamed the "policeman" position -- because it's like you're being frisked by the police -- you stand facing the wall with your palms spread and your legs spread. If your arms get tired, you can use your elbows to lean against the wall.

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10Leap Frog

Consider using the mattress as your ultimate support system, like with this position, where you're on all fours and resting your arms and head on the mattress to help hold the weight of your stomach.

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11Rear Entry

This position can be used in any trimester, but is ideal for the end of pregnancy, so your belly is out of the way. You can do this on hands and knees and your partner kneeling behind you.

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12Side by Side

A good choice for late pregnancy, this position allows you to control thrust and keep weight off your belly. You lie side by side, facing each other. Your partner slips his leg over yours (your leg can be either straight and to the side or bent at the knee) and enters you from an angle. Before the third trimester, you can also lie on your back and he on his side. Put your leg that's closest to him over his legs. He can enter you from the back and side, and still have his face next to yours.

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13Couch Potato

A variation on rear entry with extra cushy support that also allows for you to mix it up by getting out of the bedroom! Kneel on a couch with your belly facing the back of it; use your arms for support while your husband enters from behind.

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14Lap Top

Kinda like reverse cowgirl, but with your man sitting on a chair, and you sitting on his lap facing away from him.

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15Counter Intuitive

Make like Brangelina in their famous Mr. and Mrs. Smith sex scene, and do it on a counter or sink. Because you're propped up, you're not on your back, which can be bad for the baby, and it raises you to his level without props or discomfort.

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16Mutual Masturbation

Another one that's not exactly a "position," but it can make for a visually-appealing change of pace!

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17Mattress Hold

A variation of you on all fours, except this position allows you to have your arms and head on the mattress (to keep you from having to hold up all that belly weight with your arms).

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