When to have Sex After the Baby

When to have Sex After the Baby

Shhhhh... Do you hear that? It's the silence that rarely graces new parents.

You and your partner make eye contact. Should we sleep? Eat? Shower? Or maybe something a little more exciting?

After overcoming the joys and struggles of new parenthood some might be wondering, when can we get back our normal... routine?

When to have sex after the baby.

Depending on how your delivery went, you might be ready to have sex as early as 2-weeks postpartum. If you feel well healed and ready to engaged in sexual activity two weeks after the baby - go for it! However, most women might not feel ready for as long as 6 weeks after. If this is you, don’t worry! Your body just went through a lot and needs time to recover.

If you do decide to have sex but end up feeling pain, pressure, fatigue or just not yourself, stop! There's no rush to get back to it, and remember sex should be enjoyable for both partners. No one should make you feel bad or guilty for not being ready to engage in sex postpartum.

Many people also suffer from dryness postpartum which can make sex uncomfortable. This is due to a rapid plunge in estrogen after delivery and is totally normal. If you feel ready to have sex, but are experiencing dryness - lube is your best friend!

Can I get pregnant again?

Simple answer: YES. If you're not using a reliable form of contraception you can get pregnant again - even if your period has not returned to normal. To avoid this, its a good idea to think about what type of birth control you might want to use before you even give birth. There are many great options from IUDs to pills. Talk to your doctor about which option might be the best for you and your partner before you leave the hospital!

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Disclaimer: This is general medical information and not specific medical advice.  It does not and should not replace diagnosis or treatment by your healthcare provider. If you are seeking personal recommendations, advice, and/or treatment, please consult your physician. If you have an emergency, you should contact 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.