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How Soon Can I Have Sex After Having A Baby?

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Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:

Sex After Having A Baby

The period beginning immediately after the birth of a child and extending for about six weeks is known as the postpartum period (or postnatal period). The World Health Organization (WHO) describes the postnatal period as the most critical and yet the most neglected phase in the lives of mothers and babies.

A study in the International Obstetrics and Gynaecology Journal, found that women were more likely to have sex by six weeks if they had delivered their child vaginally. Only about a third of women who had perineotomy (surgical incision of the vagina during second stage of labor to quickly enlarge the opening for the baby to pass through) had resumed sex after six weeks.

For normal (vaginal) birth:

It is best to hold off on intercourse until six weeks after delivery, which is when they have their postpartum checkup. The body of the mother should be given adequate time to heal and restore to its previous glory.

For birth by episiotomy, c-section, or other procedures:

If other external invasive procedures were followed at the time of giving birth, the time for complete recovery and healing may vary among individuals and will depend on how extensive the procedure was. Hence it may take more than six weeks to resume intercourse.

But the most important point here is for the women to be ready to have sex both emotionally and physically, as childbirth can be a very traumatic process. Factors such as fatigue, stress and fear of pain can take a toll on your sex drive. For faster recovery and restoration of the health of the mother, adequate care and precautions should be taken.

Tips for resuming sex after giving birth

• Hormonal changes can leave your vagina dry and tender, especially if you’re breast-feeding; hence to help ease any discomfort during sex, take it slow. It is advised to try just cuddling and being intimate at first, so you gradually become used to being touched in a sexual way again.

• Try a position that doesn’t put too much pressure on your vagina.

• To tone your pelvic floor muscles, try Kegel exercises.

• Eat a healthy diet, including plenty of fluids.

• Include physical activity in your daily routine.

• Rest as much as you can.

Most of the sexual concerns associated with pregnancy or childbirth resolve within a year; hence it is best advised to be prepared and to be patient.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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Kathleen Wise
Kathleen Wise 5pts

Ummm yeah this is why my kids are 10 months apart...

Lucy Mitchell
Lucy Mitchell 5pts

When your body is ready. It's different for everyone.

Nikki Hepburn
Nikki Hepburn 5pts

When you stop bleeding an ocean of blood, when your stitches heal, when you can go pee w out if feeling like razor blades, 6months.lol

Tri Vo
Tri Vo 5pts

Takes two to tangle, but it's the women choice, so whenever she's ready and feel like it.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

and that's why women fall for them.. :)

Kerrie Connelly Kirk
Kerrie Connelly Kirk 5pts

Men are stupid sometimes.its 2to 3 months tops.baby should be wrapped up if going out and keep the baby home for 6 weeks only take them out for a check up.so their little immune system can develop.and strenthen.

Satish Kumar
Satish Kumar 5pts

Atleast 3 months if normal else 6 months

Diara Xione
Diara Xione 5pts

Oh hell no. Marlon better watch some videos. No time soon! Lol.

Cristina Reed
Cristina Reed 5pts

6 to 8 week Need to allow the cervix to heal and close up otherwise you can get a serious infection but most don't to each is their own

Aftera Haque
Aftera Haque 5pts

At least wait for the bleeding stops every one bleeds differently. Plus islamically a woman should have forty days to recovr