Published on June 24th, 2019
Sex drive changes during pregnancy. Some women enjoy sex during pregnancy. Others don’t. What about sex after pregnancy?
Is it an end of your sex life after giving birth? Are you worried that you are not going to have that kind of sex again?
Here are 10 surprising facts you must know about sex after baby:
1. You Interest In Sex Will Eventually Return
Having a low sex drive after pregnancy is quite normal. But your interest in sex will eventually return. Aversion to sexual desire will last only for months, not years. With time and patience, you can boost your libido.
2. It Takes Time For Your Body To Heal
Effects of labor don’t gop easily. It takes time. After giving birth, you have to face a prolonged period of bleeding. This period is called lochia, an expulsion of blood and tissue from the uterus.
3. Don’t Put Your Partner At Risk Of Infection
You should not have sex when you are having a prolonged period of bleeding. It will put your partner at risk of infection. Irrespective of the type of labor you have had, wait at least six weeks after childbirth.
4. You May Feel Uncomfortable With Breast And Nipple Play
Breast and nipple play used to turn you on. But these things don’t you get excited anymore. A new mom doesn’t enjoy these things until she stops breastfeeding.
5. Your Breast Will Not Be The Same
Thanks to hormones, your breasts change after childbirth. Its shape and size are further affected by breastfeeding . Tell your man not to interact with your boobs as long as you are breastfeeding, because they are painful, achy and sore.
6. You Must Think Beyond Vaginal Intercourse
There are many other ways to get intimate with your partner. New dad has to redefine sex. New moms prefer other kinds of sex than vaginal intercourse. Think about sexting , watching porn together or mutual masturbation . They could be as exciting as penetration.
7. You May Not Be Ready Even After Six Months
Your C-section wound has healed. Still, you don’t want to have sex even after the six months. It is quite normal. You are still dealing with other issues: hormonal change, shrinking uterus. Breastfeeding also affects your libido.
8. Sex Will Not Feel The Same
Always remember that your baby has actually come out of your vagina. Don’t expect it to get back into shape soon after delivery.
Sex will not feel the same as your vaginal muscles are stretched. But they will remain stretched temporarily. You should do Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor.
Vagina Changes After Childbirth
When you give birth, the baby travels through the cervix and out through the vagina (also called the birth canal). The entrance to the vagina must stretch to allow the baby through.
Sometimes the skin between the vagina and anus (the perineum) might tear or be cut by a doctor or midwife to allow the baby out. This is called an episiotomy.
9. How Soon Can You Get Pregnant?
Usually, it takes a couple of months to get your period again. Plus, breastfeeding releases hormones that reduce the chance of conception But, you can ovulate beforehand that makes another pregnancy a very real possibility.
Some women can even get pregnant without even having their periods back between pregnancies. Fertility does not work the way you want it to be, so keep minding your birth control.
10. It Is Not Safe To Get Pregnant Again In The First Year
You must avoid getting pregnant too quickly after pregnancy. Wait at least 12 months between each pregnancy to avoid premature birth or birth defects.
Sex And Contraception After Birth
There are no rules about when to start having sex again after you have given birth.
You’ll probably feel sore as well as tired after your baby is born, so don’t rush into it.
If sex hurts, it won’t be pleasurable. You may want to use a personal lubricant, available from pharmacies, to begin with.
Hormonal changes after birth can make your vagina feel drier than usual.