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Sex after baby

One of the most common questions after the birth of baby is, “When can we have sex again?” The physical energy, schedule changes, personal worries, changes in personal body image and time that it takes to care for a baby, can all affect your sex life. Sometimes desire and energy don’t match up, due to the demands of being a parent. Talk to your partner about any concerns and explore other ways of being intimate.

When a couple is ready to resume sexual intercourse:

  • Wait until any stitches have healed and there is no more vaginal bleeding
  • Consider using a water-soluble lubricant for vaginal dryness
  • Consider wearing nursing pads and a bra for leaking breasts
  • Consider trying different positions
  • Consider choosing a different time, like when baby is less likely to wake up or you are feeling more rested
  • Consider waiting a little longer if you can’t get in the mood

After the birth of your baby, it is best to wait at least 18 to 24 months but not more than 5 years before trying to get pregnant again. This gap helps to have a healthy pregnancy and there is a better chance for the next baby to be healthy. If you are having sexual intercourse and don’t want to get pregnant right away, use birth control even if you are breastfeeding.

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