It might be the last thing on your mind. Or, maybe you're one of the few who can't wait until it finally happens. Yes, I'm talking about sex after baby. For most women, the thought of having sex when they're still recovering from childbirth is unappealing, to put it lightly. Your partner, however, might have other feelings about it too. Knowing how to talk to your partner about sex after baby can help you both approach the subject in the most understanding way, even if you're no where close to being ready to jump back in the sack.
Even though I could share my own story about waiting the full six weeks and then some to feel ready to have sex again, the statistics are a bit more powerful. According to one study performed by practitioners at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London, of nearly 500 women surveyed, nearly 83 percent of postpartum women experienced "sexual problems" (referring to pain, fear, or negative associations,) within the first six months after giving birth.
According to Parenting, difficulty getting intimate after giving birth is a very common situation that most new parents face. The combination of exhaustion, hormonal changes, physical pain, and relational adjustments can make sex awkward and hard to talk about for the first few weeks (or even months) after your baby comes home. But, like most things, being prepared can help ease you both back into bed and make sex as enjoyable and intimate as possible.