Resuming Sexual Intercourse after Delivery

For many women, resuming a normal sex life after childbirth may be the last thing on their minds. There are several reasons for deferring resumption of a normal sex after childbirth. Their immediate concern is to adjust being a new mother. The baby often becomes the top priority for a new mom. Moreover, she have had suffered a lot physically and mentally during pregnancy and childbirth. Labor and childbirth can leave you exhausted and drained. As such postpartum recovery may take some time.

On top of everything, there are the challenges of being a new mother. Now, your schedule is drastically affected. Your nights are disturbing as you have to wake up whenever the baby wakes up. Lack of sleep leaves you fatigue and stressful. Many new moms also feel disinterested in sexual acts due to hormonal changes. In such a scenario, it is quite understandable why resumption of sexual intercourse after delivery is often relegated.

Even though sex is not a priority for you, the same may not be true for your partner. He may insist you on an early resumption of sexual activities. Now, the question is when it is considered medically safe to have intercourse after delivery. Any sexual activity, oral or otherwise, is prohibited until the sixth week after delivery. The sixth week is when you go for your first postnatal checkup. Your physician upon examination will advise you whether it is safe or not to resume sexual activity. This duration is more in women who have delivered via C-section. Nevertheless, resuming normal sex too soon will lead to complications and delayed postpartum recovery.

It is advisable that you do not resume normal sex until you feel ready not only physically but mentally. Rather than bluntly turning down your partner’s requests, try to make him understand your state of mind and also your physical condition. Also, find ways to spend intimate times with your partner without indulging in sexual acts. Physical intimacy does not always mean having intercourse. Do spare exclusive time for your partner when the baby sleeps. Also, try to talk of things other than the baby during such times. When you spend quality times with your partner, the desire to resume normal sex will also come automatically.



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