Knee-elbow position for conception and pregnancy
The knee-elbow position is not only a pose for having sex. This provision is also an element of therapeutic gymnastics prescribed for pregnant women at late gestation (usually after the 20th week).
In lovemaking, the knee-elbow pose is considered the most suitable for the sexual intercourse to lead to pregnancy. There is also a belief that this is the position that is favorable for the conception of a male child.
During pregnancy, this posture performs several other functions, and its purpose becomes necessary due to changes in the position of the pelvic organs and the abdominal cavity under the influence of the enlarged uterus.
The position "on all fours" in sex: the pros and cons
As the name suggests, the woman is on her knees and elbows, the man is at the back. This posture is considered the most natural, since the vast majority of living things on the planet prefer it to having sex.
Advantages of this provision are as follows:
- A high probability of getting pregnant (even for those women who have a uterine bend).
- Deep penetration, stimulation of the clitoris by the base of the penis.
- The man behind is able to caress the buttocks, chest and sexual organs of the partner.
- Pose is convenient for lovers of anal sex.
- Conditions are created for filling the vagina with air, which can lead to weakening of the contact of its walls and penis.
- Some women consider this position offensive, degrading their dignity.
Which position is optimal in order to quickly become pregnant?
The choice of a pose for having sex in the matter of conception is of no small importance. To adhere to this we need the following principle: the creation of conditions in which sperm will not flow from the vagina. This will increase the chances that the egg will merge with the sperm.
The knee-elbow position at conception perfectly meets this requirement. In addition to the fact that seminal fluid accumulates in the vagina and flows directly to the cervix, this pose also creates conditions for the greatest possible convergence of the uterus and penis, which is also a favorable factor for the onset of pregnancy.
Is it possible to affect the sex of the child at conception?
The knee-elbow position in sex is considered precisely the position that increases the likelihood of the birth of a boy. However, in this issue, it is also necessary to take into account the day of the menstrual cycle. The sexual act, accomplished during or immediately after ovulation, favors the fertilization of an egg with a sperm containing a Y chromosome.
Knee-elbow position during pregnancy: reasons for prescribing
The growing uterus displaces and squeezes nearby organs and vessels, disrupts their normal position relative to each other. Of course, pregnancy is not a pathology, but a physiological process, but nevertheless it can cause certain inconveniences.
In order to reduce such undesirable phenomena, as a violation of the kidneys due to compression of the ureters, a lack of blood supply to the pelvic organs and lower limbs due to clamping of the vessels, and therapeutic gymnastics is prescribed.
The knee-elbow position during pregnancy is also effective for reducing the increased tone of the uterus. It is used as an additional treatment for the threat of interruption of gestation, promotes a change in the wrong position (transverse or pelvic) of the fetus by a head downward position. Importantly, the knee-elbow position also has to relieve the load from the spine and back muscles, and it also prevents excessive uterine pressure on the intestines, reducing the likelihood of hemorrhoids.
What does the position on elbows and knees look like?
The name, in principle, makes it clear what the situation is. However, questions about how to stand properly in the knee-elbow position, still sometimes arise. Is it possible to arch my back? Is it allowed to put your head in your arms? Can I use fitball?
The basic principle of this position is that the shoulders and head are below the buttocks, and the posture itself should promote relaxation and rest, and not create additional discomfort and turn gymnastics into something uncomfortable and difficult.
The woman kneels and then carries her weight forward, onto her shoulder belt, leaning on her elbows. You can lower your head, even stretch your arms and lie on your chest, the main thing is to make sure that the pelvis remains the highest point of the body. The back does not need to be strained and held steady, the sagging of the abdomen is normal, because the knee-elbow pose is designed to reduce the burden on the spine, and not to arrange for it additional training (the need to wear the ever-increasing weight of the pregnant uterus and so forces the back muscles to tense more than usual ).
Some believe that on fitball (the big ball for practicing aerobics) to take this position is more convenient and easier. Someone prefers to put under the head and chest pillows for more comfort. And some can hold their weight on their elbows without experiencing any difficulties, and consider this situation very convenient.
The knee-elbow position during pregnancy implies various variations to give it maximum comfort. The main thing is not to violate the fundamental principle - the pelvis above the head.
Do not forget about the benefits for the baby
The knee-elbow position has a beneficial effect not only on the health of the future mother, it is also very good for the child. The uterus in this position is shifted forward, significantly reducing the pressure on the vessels, including those by which oxygen is delivered to the placenta and useful substances to the baby.
This position contributes to the fact that the fetus is correctly located in the uterine cavity. This is one way to correct the transverse position or pelvic presentation before it becomes impossible.
What if the knee-elbow position causes discomfort?
Some women complain that this position contributes to the appearance of pain in the back area instead of relieving tension. Why is this happening?
As already mentioned above, the knee-elbow position has several possible variations. You just need to choose the one that will not cause inconvenience.
Back pain can occur if a woman does not relax, does not allow the tummy to sag freely, tries to keep her back straight. It is important to understand that the knee-elbow position in this case is not an aerobic element. Gymnastics for pregnant women does not carry the goal to load the muscles of the back. This can be done after childbirth. Now the goal is different - relaxation and rest. Do not hesitate to use additional devices, such as cushions and fitball, if they increase the comfort of the knee-elbow position.
If all the recommendations are followed, and the pain still continues to bother, you should consult your doctor. Discomfort in the lumbar region can be at all and is not associated with improper performance of gymnastics for pregnant women, but signaling about exacerbation of osteochondrosis or kidney diseases.
Let's sum up the results
The knee-elbow position has a number of advantages both in conception and in bearing of the fetus. The use of it for mom and baby is not in doubt, and the absence of side effects makes it also completely safe.
This is a very effective method for those who want to quickly become pregnant, and also reduce some undesirable manifestations of their interesting situation. It is also irreplaceable if the child does not want to turn his head down, taking the most favorable position for childbirth.