Sex After Pregnancy

When Will I Have Time?
It is important to make time to be intimate with your partner after the birth of your baby. You started this new life together -- you should celebrate together, too! In the beginning, you may both may feel that all you do is take care of the baby and sleep. However, this will get better as you fall into a routine. Make sure to communicate with one another about your feelings on sex and figure out what and when works for you.
 
Baby Sleeping (Or Not)
When bringing their baby home from the hospital, many people have the baby sleep in the same room as them; some people worry about having sex with their baby in the room (regardless of whether the baby is sleeping). If this is a concern for you or your partner, go to another room -- or find a special place for just the two of you.
 
Will the First Time After Baby Be Painful?
For some, the thought of sex after pregnancy is a painful one. The idea of being intimate is scary -- especially if the birthing experience was painful. Listen to your healthcare provider about when you are physically ready, but also pay attention to how you feel emotionally. Be sure to communicate with your partner about these feelings. If you are worried, talk to him and go slow, like it's your first time. If you are ready, it should not be painful. If it is, talk to your healthcare provider.
 
Contraception
The last thing you are probably thinking about at this point is contraception. You are probably buried in diapers and bottles! However, if you do not want to have another baby right away, this is an important thing to consider right now. Talk to your healthcare provider about your options: the mini-pill, a diaphragm, etc. This is something to take seriously. Keep in mind that breastfeeding will not prevent you from getting pregnant.
Pregnancy and Pain

Having Sex While Pregnant

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