When your due date comes and goes and you’re still not in labor, it can be frustrating. But did you know that sex can help kickstart labor?
According to experts, sexual stimulation can increase your chances of having a successful birth. Here are some of the best sexual positions to induce labor:.
1. Reverse Cowgirl
Many pregnant women may be hesitant to try sexual positions to induce labor. But as long as the woman is comfortable and it doesn’t cause her any discomfort, the benefits can be worth trying (as long as her waters haven’t broken).
A variation of traditional cowgirl, this position allows for deep penetration and stimulates the anterior walls of the vagina and G-spot. It also provides a softer touch for those who find pressure on the G-spot area uncomfortable during sex.
Another good option is spooning, which involves the partner entering from behind while laying down. This is one of the most comfortable positions for sex during pregnancy and encourages oxytocin release, which can help trigger contractions. This is another position that can be used by both men and women, and it’s a great way to bond with your partner during this life-changing time. The sway position is similar to the spooning position, but it involves the partner holding on to you as they lower their body over yours. This position is a surefire way to achieve deep entry.
2. Laying on your back
Sexual activity can be a powerful tool in the process of inducing labor, but it should only be used under the guidance and approval of a healthcare provider. If you have a complication that prevents you from engaging in sexual activity, your healthcare provider can recommend other methods of cervical ripening.
A popular sex position for inducing labor is the pelvic tilt position, which involves the mother tilting her hips up slightly off of the bed or surface she’s lying on. This positions her for deeper penetration and can stimulate the cervix and encourage contractions.
Another sex position that may help inducing labor is the doggy style with twist position, which is where both partners lie down and the pregnant woman has her penis penetrated from behind. This is a comfortable position to be in during late pregnancy and can stimulate the clitoris, which can cause an orgasm and trigger uterine contractions.
The deep squat position is a powerful one for inducing labor. It can stimulate the cervix and speed up delivery by making it easier for gravity to assist your labor. It also helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and reduces pain, labor time, and need for an episiotomy (a cut in the nipple) during delivery.
Having sex may cause the body to produce oxytocin, which is a natural hormone that can trigger contractions and help your labor progress. However, having sex only works if your body is ready for labor and you are at least full-term.
If you do choose to have sex, be sure to use lubrication and take it slow. You and your partner should also make sure that you are comfortable. Remember that what works for one person might not work for another, so it is important to try several different positions.
4. Sitting on the edge of the bed
As the due date approaches, many women start looking for ways to induce labor naturally. While sex is not recommended for pleasure during the third trimester, many mothers on the Netmums forum swear that sexual activity can stimulate contractions and help move things along. Just be sure to get your OB/GYN’s approval first.
One position that may be worth trying is the pelvic tilt. In this position, the woman lies on her back with a pillow or cushion under her lower back and places her feet flat on the bed. The partner then kneels on the floor between the expectant mother’s legs, providing support and stability. The deep penetration in this position can stimulate the front walls of the vagina and G-spot, potentially triggering contractions.
While these sexual positions can be effective in stimulating the cervix and promoting contractions, it is important to remember that every pregnancy is different. It is always advisable to consult with your healthcare provider before trying any methods of labor induction.
5. Laying on your side
If you and your partner are trying to get things going by having sex, you can try laying on your side with your legs bent or even in a semi-couch. This allows for deeper penetration, which may help arouse and stimulate the cervix. This is a great position for late pregnancy because lying flat on your back can be uncomfortable, and can cause the baby to drop down into an unnatural position, potentially slowing down labor.
Remember to use plenty of lubrication and communicate openly with your partner to make sure you are both comfortable during sexual activity. Also, it’s important to remember that sexual activity should only be used for labor induction under the guidance and approval of a healthcare provider. And never try sex if you aren’t comfortable with it, as this can lead to complications. That said, sex can still be a fun and exciting way to bond with your partner in your last trimester of pregnancy.
Another one of the many sexual positions to induce labor, the cowgirl position can be an exciting addition to your intimate moments. This position is great for pregnant women because their bellies won’t get in the way, which makes penetration pleasurable. This is also a good position to try if your boobs are sore, as it can help alleviate that pain.
For a more intense variation on the cowgirl position, try the rider sex position. In this position, the woman kneels astride her partner, similar to the reverse cowgirl, while she thrusts upward like a bucking bronco. This position may be uncomfortable for some, but it can help stimulate the cervix and encourage contractions.
When trying these sexual positions to induce labor, be sure to communicate with your partner about what feels comfortable and safest for you both. Remember to use plenty of lubrication and to stop if you feel any discomfort or pain.