And give mom and dad a little fun along the way

Quick notes:

  • It is not yet scientifically proven that sex sends you into labor, but it is a big belief among many

  • Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, sex is safe up until you are actually in labor

If you are at the end of your pregnancy and ready to “get this thing out,” like most mommas are, you are willing to try anything to go into labor. Sex is one of the most enjoyable to try.

Many people are afraid that sex is going to hurt a baby during pregnancy. This is not the case. In fact, unless you are experiencing some sort of complications, doctors recommend continuing to have sex throughout pregnancy.

Though there are might be no science to back it up, using sex to induce labor has been a practice for a long time. Both elders and doulas believe it can naturally induce labor.

How does it work?

It is actually a fairly simple process. Sex is believed to work in this case because a woman’s orgasms start uterine contractions and release oxytocin- both of which are helpful for labor. Additionally, a man’s semen contains prostaglandin, which is a hormone that softens the cervix. The softening of the cervix is also necessary for labor.

Unsplash / Mustafa Omar

Even if it does not work, though, you can enjoy the process. Here are four of the best sex positions that are super comfortable- and enjoyable- for pregnant mommas and believed to induce labor:

1. Spooning

Spooning provides an easy way for the man to access the necessary areas for sex. At the same time, it does not require a lot of energy if you are tired, it can be a very romantic experience, and the rounding belly stays out of the way.

2. Doggy style

If you are not tired and craving a little extra fun, doggy style is always available. It provides the same easy yet deeper access to the man so it can offer extra stimulation for the momma. And, again, there is no belly interference.

3. Cowgirl

Letting momma be on top and in control has its benefits. First, she gets into it a little more – which is often also beneficial for the man. Second, the deeper penetration might cause more substantial uterine contractions. Also, the belly remains out of the way.

Throughout pregnancy, it is easy to stop feeling desirable. With all of the sickness, discomfort, and weight gain, women can begin to feel bad about themselves. Reverse cowgirl can remind them just how desirable their mate finds them 

4. Reverse cowgirl

Like regular cowgirl, momma being turned around in the same position can be incredibly exciting and stimulating for both parties. There is an additional benefit to being in reverse, though. Momma also gets clitoral stimulation, which can increase uterine contractions.

This particular position is a favorite among pregnant mommas, too, for the internal feelings they gain. Throughout pregnancy, it is easy to stop feeling desirable. With all of the sickness, discomfort, and weight gain, women can begin to feel bad about themselves. Reverse cowgirl can remind them just how desirable their mate finds them.

Will it work?

Again, there is no guarantee that any of these positions will induce labor, but there is a good chance that they can help. At the very least, though, momma and daddy can enjoy some fun together before the baby is born.

That is something you may not see again for a while between the diapers, 2 a.m. feedings, and simply being too tired to feel desirable. It can also take momma’s mind off of the discomfort and anxiety she is probably feeling.

A deeper dive- Related reading from the 101:

A little 411 for those curious about having a doula.

Some tips for those mommas already planning their escape from the baby weight.