Is it teething time for your little one?

While it is probably not the first thing on your mind right now (or it might be...), a time will come when you will want to get under the sheets with your other half. 

 

However, while when you get back under the covers is entirely up to you, there are a few things you might like to know about before you do:

 

The right time

There is no ‘right time’ to start having sex again, but most doctors will recommend you wait at least six weeks after birth, whether it’s vaginal or a caesarean, to allow your body time to heal. Once the six weeks is up, when you get back to being intimate is entirely up to you.

 

Will it be painful?

After you’ve had a baby, your hormones can leave your nether regions feeling a little dry and tender which can make sex a slightly painful to begin with. To help with this, try a lubricating cream or focus a lot on foreplay.

 

Will it feel different?

Your pelvic floor muscles will be less toned which can affect the feelings of sex. However, while this is usually temporary, a few pelvic floor exercises can help speed things along. And on a positive note, many women experience a much more intense and pleasurable orgasm after birth.

 

Will you libido be affected? 

Breastfeeding produces the hormone Prolactin which stimulates milk production but can cause you to experience a lower libido. Your breasts may also be tender and sore, so make sure your partner knows how much or how little they can touch them. 

 

It is important to remember that you can become pregnant even if you've just given birth so it is important you use contraception.

 

If you are finding it really painful, or are struggling with a lost libido, make an appointment with your doctor to discuss any problems.

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