Baby making positions

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Legends abound when it comes to sexual positions for baby making. Everybody has their opinion and whilst there hasn’t been a conclusive study into the best sexual positions for baby making (well, it would be a rather interesting study..), there are logical steps you can take. The idea is to make sure the sperm gets as close to the cervix as possible, and gravity can play a big role.

Many experts agree that the missionary position (man on top) is the most effective as it allows deeper penetration and gravity brings sperm closest to the cervix. Some women swear by putting a pillow under their hips to angle the cervix towards the greatest concentration of semen.

Some experts suggest that women stay in bed (in a horizontal position) for up to an hour after intercourse as this allows the sperm additional travel time up the fallopian tube towards the egg. If you have a tipped uterus, (or need a bit of variety) having sex from behind (on all fours) can help as this gives sperm better access to the cervix.

Positions to avoid

Avoid straddling your partner or the woman on top position, sitting or standing as these positions cause the semen to leak out and may result in fewer sperm making their way to the egg.


Baby-making can actually be very stressful especially if you don't fall pregnant as each month goes by. Lots of couples find it a strain to 'feel sexy' when there is so much pressure involved. Although we have suggested some positions that can help with 'baby-making', having sex however you and your partner feel comfortable is always the best idea. Try not to think about it as possibly making a baby and if possible relax. Use our ovulation calendar to work out which days you are most fertile over the next twelve months. Now all you have to do is book a weekend away so you are both relaxed and have as much sex as you like! You don't have to have more sex then normal (but you can if you want) but make sure you are having regular sex, so every two to three days throughout your cycle, to optimise your chances of falling pregnant.

The information in this feature is intended for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health, the health of your child or the health of someone you know, please consult with a doctor or other healthcare professional.

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