Taking that first postpartum shower after having a baby is one of the best feelings for a new mom. There's something orgasmic about it, right? You're alone with your thoughts in a post-baby moment of bliss with the water and steam, and it can feel incredible. It may even cause you to wonder, "can I have shower sex postpartum?"
The short answer is yes, but there are a few things to consider beforehand. To start, many doctors advise waiting four to six weeks after birth to have sex, according to Mayo Clinic. This gives your body time to heal, allowing the cervix to close and postpartum bleeding to end. Of course, since menstrual bleeding doesn't stop everyone from having sex, postpartum bleeding may not either. Getting it on in the shower solves any issue with staining the sheets. It doesn't solve all issues though. You also have to consider the risk of infection due to any vaginal tears or your C-section incision stitches, as having any kind of sex can further irritate those areas.
Once you get the all clear from your doctor, the shower might be the best place to have sex. Think about it; the shower may be the only place that isn't full of baby things. Your bedroom may have the bassinet; the kitchen might have baby bottles; the living room might have the pack-n-play, Boppy pillow, and a slew of other baby-related items making getting in the mood for sex impossible. The shower could become known as the sex zone.
But just because the shower seems like the best place, that doesn't mean everything will go smoothly. Because of the ever-changing hormones post-baby, your vagina may experience dryness, especially if you are breastfeeding, according to Parents magazine. Having less vaginal lubrication can be an issue because water won't help and lube application may be tricky.
Still, that shouldn't stop you from attempting to fulfill your desires.
Considering all the factors involved, shower sex may not work exactly as you would hope within the early weeks postpartum, but it can be done. But it can still be incredibly hot, even if you cannot experience full penetration from your partner due to vaginal dryness. Making out with steamy water rolling down your body is like a prescription to happiness. You can wash each other's hair, suds each other up and down, and give each other back massages. It can make you feel sexy and connected, and exactly the place to start being intimate with your partner again.