Chances are, "doing it" isn't topping your to-do list these days — in fact, it might not even make your top ten. While there are some exceptions, most women lose that loving feeling during the postpartum period and beyond for a variety of reasons. First, as you already suspect — postpartum sex can be more pain than pleasure, especially if you've delivered vaginally but surprisingly, even if you labored and then had a C-section.
Having sex after giving birth can be painful at first. If the thought of having sex after giving birth makes you cringe in pain, you're not alone. Plus, the highest numbers
If you've had a cesarean delivery and are recovering, resuming any activity in the bedroom is probably the last thing on your mind. While some people may think that having a cesarean delivery means you will have less problem resuming sexual activity simple because there isn't as much trauma to the vaginal area, that isn't always the case. It's still common for women who have had cesarean deliveries to experience sexual struggles, especially in the early postpartum period.
This story appears in ParentMap's February print edition. Subscribe today! After the birth of each of my three kids, I looked forward to the normal milestones: coming home from the hospital, the first family stroll around the neighborhood, early coos and grins.
I held my breath as my carry-on bag went through the TSA X-ray machine. I tried to avoid eye contact with the security agent, who would inevitably see an X-ray image of what could only be a bag of vibrators. I was bringing six vaginal dilators and a side of lube with me so I could do my physical therapy homework in my hotel room.
When can you start having sex after birth? But being prepared is half the battle. Here, some important guidelines on sex after vaginal and c-section births—and, to set your mind at ease, stories about their first-time experiences of postpartum sex from real-life moms.
Sex after pregnancy might be the last thing on your mind. Understand what to expect and how to renew intimacy with your partner. Sex after pregnancy happens.
A lot. Painful sex is not normal. The three most common causes of painful sex after a baby include the following:. Estrogen levels can sometimes be low enough with breastfeeding to cause pain.
Why is painful sex after childbirth so overlooked in healthcare? This past fall, I went through the craziest initiation process to join one of the most exclusive clubs out there: Motherhood. It has been an incredible and humbling journey for me, especially as a health care provider who specializes in helping women with problems they experience while pregnant and postpartum.
No matter how prepared you are to have a baby—even if you attend all the childbirth classes and read piles of books on what to expect— pregnancy and new parenthood are full of surprises. I, for one, was totally unprepared for the strange and sometimes alarming but benign grunting noises that came from my little one, all night long. And as much as I braced myself for stretch marks and a deflated postpartum belly, that first warm shower after giving birth was a bit of a shock.