Ready, Set, Get Your Groove Back: Navigating Postpartum Sex
Congratulations, mama! You've just had a baby and you're officially a rockstar. And now that you've cleared your 6-week postpartum check-up, your provider has given you the green light to get back in the saddle, so to speak. But the thought of postpartum sex can be a little intimidating.
Don't worry, we've got you covered. Here are some key points to keep in mind as you navigate this new territory:
📌 Just because you have been told by your provider that your body is ready to have sex, doesn’t necessarily mean YOU will be ready. If you aren’t interested just yet, that is quite okay. Your body has just brought another human life into the world and with that comes a lot of physical changes - so take the time you need Mama.
📌 In addition to your physical recovery and changes, you are getting less sleep, dealing with copious amounts of baby poop, and an all-around change in your daily schedule and routine. Not exactly the most romantic of situations. Not to mention, even though there’s nothing better than all day snuggles with your little one, when they are finally sleeping, you may actually want a moment without physical contact
📌 There are also hormones! The drop in estrogen after birth might have you feeling less aroused, and breastfeeding hormones can cause vaginal dryness, so make sure to use a water-based lubricant (as much as you need) to make things more comfortable.
📌 And just so you’re not surprised - your breasts may leak during an orgasm. This is because the same hormone (oxytocin) that is released during an orgasm is also responsible for the let-down or milk ejection reflex.
So there you have it, mama. You've got this! Remember to listen to your body, take things slow, and don't be afraid to get a little help from a water-based lubricant. And hey, if postpartum sex isn't for you right now, that's okay too. Your body has just done something amazing and it deserves all the love and care it needs.