From leaky breasts to a flabby belly, intercourse after the delivery of your child is no fun at all, at least to most of the new mums.
However, it is suggested that couples should learn to get intimate after the birth of their newborn. It is important for the couple to feel the love and care, and still have that passion for each other.
Sex right after the delivery of a baby is not easy. Intercourse is much painful and for some, the moment might even be ugly to witness.
According to experts, it is said that the new mother should wait until the bleeding (lochia) has stopped completely. This bleeding does take around two to three weeks to stop, which occurs after the birth of a child.
This is because the wound left in your uterus (womb) by the placenta coming out is still healing. If you have an intercourse before the bleeding has stopped, you may get an infection that may affect your health.
Therefore, waiting for a period of 4-6 weeks after giving birth is ideally the best and the safest decision to make.
On the other hand, though some of you can't wait to get back in the sack with your partner, there are certain problems and precautions that you need to deal with and follow before making love right after you have given birth:
Leaky Breasts: If you are breastfeeding, it is likely that you will witness sore and heavy breasts, not to forget leaky too. So, in order to make sex life comfortable for you and your partner, try pumping out the milk from the breasts or better still, breastfeed your child before an intercourse. In that way, you won't feel heavy on the chest.
When Intercourse Becomes Painful: Post-pregnancy hormonal changes can cause vaginal dryness, which may be the source of pain during an intercourse. On the other hand, even breastfeeding reduces the vaginal lubrication, making sex painful for a woman. If this problem persists, it is wise to opt for a water-based lubricant. However, if the pain still persists, it is best to wait for another week or two; and if the pain still continues, you might be suffering from an infection that needs medical attention.
When Intercourse Is Not The Same: No doubt after the birth of your child, sex is going to be entirely different. After pushing out a baby, the vaginal muscles may be temporarily stretched-out, which makes intercourse a little fuzzy. But, with the help of kegel exercises, you will be able to get your pelvic muscles back in shape in no time.
Tips For An Active Sex Life Post Delivery
Stock On The Lube: A lube can be your best friend. After vaginal birth, the vagina becomes dry, and during sex it turns painful. Therefore, to get into the moment, take things slow, enjoy yourself and your partner and don't forget the lube.
Be Open To Your Partner: Make sure you let him know how you are feeling. He needs to also visit the doctor alongside to gain knowledge of sex after giving birth.
Get A Massage: Try getting a massage, as it can really help in balancing and secrete hormones and at the same time make you feel relaxed and calm.
Get Some Rest: Take a nap if you need to. In case you are too exhausted, you are not going to enjoy making love.