9 Mar 2022 | 6 min Read
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The first few weeks of postpartum are challenging for new and seasoned mums alike. You and your baby are still settling into a routine, sleep continues to be a luxury, and it’s a miracle if you find some time to shower and grab a quick bite, let alone remember to self-care.
Resuming your sex life may not feel like a priority to you, in the first few weeks, or even months after giving birth. This is because, whether you had a C-section or delivered vaginally, your body will take time to recover completely.
Moreover, with all your energy focused on your little one, you may find it difficult to get back into the mood. But once you are ready to reconnect with your partner in an intimate manner, here are some guidelines that can help you kickstart your sex life after delivery.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists stated, there is no fixed window that determines when a woman can resume having sex after birth. However, experts recommend waiting for around 4-6 weeks before getting back into sex as irrespective of how you delivered, your body needs some time to heal. For instance:
It is crucial to get a clearance from your doctor about resuming sex at your first postpartum appointment. This appointment is likely to take place within three weeks of giving birth and helps the doctor to establish if you are experiencing any complications post-delivery.
It also helps them ensure that your postpartum bleeding has stopped and it’s safe for you to get back to your sex life. The bottom line is, as long as your doctor gives you a green signal, you can resume having sex when you feel comfortable.
You just brought a new life into this world, and even if you sailed through your pregnancy, had the easiest labour and delivery, keep in mind that your body needs time to heal.
There are multiple sex-related discomforts that you may experience after giving birth. This is because your estrogen levels drop after birth and while you are breastfeeding and you have a low sex drive.
Here’s a list of things that you may experience during postpartum sex:
However, you don’t need to worry a lot, as these discomforts are only temporary, and once you recover fully, you will be back to feeling normal again. However, if your symptoms persist, or they concern you, you must consult your doctor.
Also, it’s normal to feel exhausted or overwhelmed during postpartum sex. Ensure to be gentle with yourself, discuss the matter with your partner, and take things slowly.
During postpartum, your body is still recovering from delivery and your hormones are probably creating havoc. The following are some common challenges that you may face after resuming sex:
In this case, your doctor can recommend taking pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil before intercourse.
You might experience bleeding after having sex. But don’t worry, the bleeding will subside in some time. But if it doesn’t, do consult your doctor.
You can get pregnant surprisingly quickly during postpartum. Breastfeeding has hormonal benefits and can act as natural birth control for the first four to six months after delivery. It is effective for mums who:
However, do not consider breastfeeding as your only form of birth control. If you do not plan to have another baby soon, use a reliable method of birth control, such as using a condom.
You can have a healthy and satisfactory sex life even after giving birth. Here are some tips to ensure that:
This will help you have a better experience.
The most important thing to remember while resuming sex after delivery is to give your body time to adjust. It’s absolutely acceptable if you are not ready to hit the bed with your partner just yet.
Know that there are other ways to be intimate with your partner. So take things slow, and enjoy the process.