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You can start having intercourse after you've healed from delivery – usually four to six weeks after giving birth. Talk to your healthcare provider first because getting pregnant too soon after delivery can be risky.
At your postpartum checkup, your doctor will discuss your contraception options and determine when you can resume having sex. But even after you get the green light, you may feel some pain or discomfort during intercourse for a short while.
Most couples start having sex again within two months after their baby is born, but many wait longer. It's different for every couple. When we surveyed 5,000 parents to find out when and how often they had sex, 14 percent of the couples said they resumed having sex within a month, and 43 percent reported getting back in the saddle within two months. But 25 percent waited until the third or fourth month.
Six out of 10 new moms said they were too tired or just not interested in having sex as much as they used to. New moms and dads both said they'd prefer to sleep than have sex.
Getting in the mood and enjoying sex may take time. Don't expect to jump right back into the kind of sex life you had before your pregnancy. Most women have a diminished sex drive for several months after giving birth. And caring for a newborn is exhausting, so you and your partner may have little energy left for sex.
But don't panic: Most couples' sex lives rebound within a year. For tips on how to keep the spark in your relationship, read the sex secrets every new parent should know.