Hot Mama: Have Sex During Pregnancy
Those giant boobs aren't the only sexual perks that come with pregnancy. Being in full-on pod mode is like living in a constant state of semiarousal. Really. To nourish the fetus, blood flow increases by 50 percent, and your blood vessels dilate more quickly and with less stimulation. When the highly sensitive cells around the vaginal opening become engorged with blood, they also become extra-responsive to pressure and vibration, says Trina Read, Ph.D., a sexologist in Calgary, Alberta. And, she says, when you're pregnant, the uterus tightens more powerfully during orgasm, making those waves of joy even more intense.
"Unless there's a specific situation where your M.D. warns against it, pregnant sex can be as juicy as ever," says Shoshana S. Bennett, Ph.D., a San Francisco-based perinatal specialist and the author of Beyond the Blues. Here are four of the best ways to have prenatal nooky.
Side by Side
Best sex position for high-intimacy when hormones wreak havoc on your emotions. Because it's as almost as good as hugging.
Tip: Lie facing your partner on your left side to avoid pressure on the vessels taking blood back to the heart, which doesn't hurt the baby but does make you short of breath. Toss your right leg over his hip to give him access. As your midsection gets bigger, he can scoot his body down a fraction so his penis can get under your belly.
Woman on Top
Best position for taking pressure off your abdomen. Because being upright means you won't feel pinched or squashed, and "it gives you the ability to shift positions and control depth of penetration," says Jennifer Berman, M.D., cofounder of the Female Sexual Medicine Center at UCLA.
Tip: Have him support your belly with one hand, as you grind away, and use his other hand on your clitoris.
Best for when you'd rather be sleeping. Because he does most — okay, all — of the work.
Tip: Lie facing away from him on your left side — it will be easier to breathe. Place a pillow or two under your belly for extra support. Try adjusting your angle by leaning forward or back until his penis hits your G-spot.
Edge of the Bed
Best for when the sheer size of your belly makes you feel like you're having the wrong kind of threesome. Because it's like sex in a Barcalounger.
Tip: You lean back on a pile of regular pillows or a wedge pillow like the Liberator Ramp ($130, liberator.com) and bend your knees so your feet rest on the edge of the bed. He kneels or stands in front of you. Try to block out the image of your feet in stirrups.