Pregnancy can have a larger impact on your lives that you think it does. Similarly, your after-pregnancy life can change in your bedroom. Most women experience a lowered interest in sexual intercourse soon after the postpartum period. Though this is a temporary phase, this can surely freak out many couples out there.
After delivery of your baby and postpartum bleeding, women can still have lower libido due to various factors such as C-section wound. Additionally, you begin to underrate your body. This makes you not get indulged in sexual activities.
During and even after pregnancy, your body goes through a lot of hormonal changes which can be dramatic at times. The uterus is still in the contraction process. As a result, your reproductive organs could be weary and still recovering. Some women report feeling less interested in sexual intercourse due to breastfeeding.
As you’ll be nursing your baby after delivery, your breasts are likely to become sore and heavy. As you would be feeding your baby with milk, you would your breast to take rest and hence you may not want to be involved in any sexual activity.
As you get done with postpartum bleeding, the vagina likely to become dry and hence this leads to painful sexual intercourse. Adding to that, breastfeeding also lessens the lubrication of the vagina.
The feeling of body-conscious:
Your uterus can take time to get back to its original size. Women typically take 2 months for this process and hence you can appear to be a six-months pregnancy lady. You can get up to a year to naturally lose pregnancy weight while stretch marks and scars can also take to heal.
All such factors can make you feel nervous and conscious. A lot of women, hence, shy away from getting back to their sex life.
What can you do?
You need to understand that it is completely normal to have a post-pregnancy body like that. If you still do not feel ready yet, talk to your partner. Cuddles and kisses can help you get closer to your partner.
Your partner may need reassurance that you’re interested in him and this is just a phase. Tell your partner that this soon shall pass and our sex-life can be back as it was before pregnancy.
If your libido does not return even a year after the pregnancy, or if you experience painful sexual intercourse, you can seek help from your healthcare provider.