Sex after baby can be intimidating. The pressure that surrounds the idea of being intimate for some women causes a lot of anxiety. When is it OK to have sex again? Will it hurt? There are many new questions, emotions, and physical aspects to take into consideration with sex after baby. As intimacy begins to creep back into your mind, there are some things sex therapists want you to know about sex after baby.
It's not uncommon to face challenges building your sex life back up after having your first baby. A new mom's hormones, emotions, and even body will change, and it takes some getting used to. Lack of sleep can set in, and the last thing you may want is to continue being touched and overstimulated, especially if you're breastfeeding. Taking the steps to keep in touch, both on a physical and communicative level, with your partner is key to keeping affection and intimacy alive, and it definitely doesn't have to be all about sex. OB-GYN Laura Fijolek McKain told Baby Center that she recommends waiting six weeks to have sex after a baby and only after having your postpartum exam. Throughout those six weeks and when you start to consider having sex again, take into consideration what therapists want you to remember.