Have Sex Again After Having a Baby—Really!
Everyone's experience (and timing) with post-baby nookie is unique. Whether you jump in right in or wait a while longer, these tips will help you find your way back to frisky, whenever you're ready to go there.
One Word: Foreplay
Everything down there tends to be on the dry side the first weeks and months post-baby, especially for women who are breastfeeding. “Foreplay gives the body time to naturally lubricate the vagina,” notes Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. “With more arousal, natural lubrication and blood flow are increased in the whole area, increasing the chance that the sex will be pleasurable.” More foreplay equals more fun for you, so take your sweet time in the heavy petting zone (and remind him to).
One More Word: Lube
“Even if you think you’re fine, and especially in those first few times after delivery, use a lubricant to reduce friction and pressure,” says Dr. Hutcherson. “I personally love natural coconut oil,” adds Dr. Rankin, “but don’t blame me if you find yourself jonesing for a post-coital macaroon!” If lubricant doesn’t do the job, talk to your doctor about prescribing an estrogen cream, like Estring®, which can produce more natural moisture; it’s not known to affect milk production.
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