Being pregnant and then giving birth to a baby is one of the most beautiful things in the world, but it's also incredibly weird. I mean, there are few things more surreal than milk leaking out of your breasts when you're just lounging on the couch, right? But the changes to your breasts don't end with your baby's birth. There are a lot of new things going on with your breasts in the postpartum period and it's nice to know what's going on, especially what happens to your breasts during postpartum sex.
I know — you have your own ideas about what happens to your breasts during sex. But this is postpartum sex. (And if you can't even fathom a thing like postpartum sex, I hear you.) Your breasts aren't the same breasts you had before you were pregnant (or even during pregnancy) and sex can really make them seem like UFOs attached to your chest. . . if UFOs leaked, hurt when bounced, and became total turn-offs in the bedroom.
It's time to prepare: One major thing that's going to happen to your breasts during postpartum sex is that they are going to become mini geysers. OK, it may not be that serious. But they will leak. According to Baby Center, the hormone oxytocin is responsible for your breast milk let-down and if you've ever done any kind of research on orgasms, you know that oxytocin is also released when you climax. Even if you're not breastfeeding, you may still find that your breasts are full of milk and that you leak if your nipples are stimulated or your breasts are squeezed noted What to Expect.
According to What to Expect, you can also expect some extra sensitive breasts during postpartum sex. The milk-producing hormone prolactin not only makes your breasts bigger after pregnancy, but it can also make them more tender. If you find that the bouncing and moving around is becoming unbearable, you might want to lock those babies up in a bra so that you can enjoy sex without holding your boobs like you're running three flights of stairs.
And finally, you may find that your breasts have undergone the biggest change of all during postpartum sex — they are the ultimate turn-off. Today's Parent noted that your erogenous zones can do a complete shift during the postpartum period, especially your breasts. If they were once a huge turn-on for you, you may be disappointed to find out that you no longer want your partner to touch them, let alone use them to get you aroused. It makes sense, what with all of the leaking, tenderness, and having a newborn suckle on them, but it can still be a bummer.
In short, your breasts are changing because they have been preparing to keep a newborn well-fed and nourished. Eventually, you'll find that the changes aren't such a big deal, but it's always best to be prepared, especially when postpartum sex already sounds scary enough.