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Intimacy Postpartum

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Intimacy is an essential part of any romantic relationship, and it can be particularly important for new parents to maintain a healthy sexual connection after having a baby. However, postpartum intimacy can present unique challenges both physically and mentally.

From a pelvic floor perspective, childbirth can cause significant changes to the muscles and tissues in the pelvic region, which can lead to issues such as incontinence, pain during intercourse, and decreased sexual sensation. You commonly hear that after your 6 week checkup appointment you are clear to have sex. Any type of tissue damage takes about 8 weeks to heal. It is important for new parents to take the time to heal their bodies after childbirth, including seeking pelvic floor physical therapy if necessary.

From a mental health perspective, the emotional toll of caring for a newborn can also impact a couple's sexual relationship. Lack of sleep, stress, and shifting priorities can all contribute to a decreased desire for intimacy. It is important for couples to communicate openly about their needs and emotions, and to prioritize self-care and quality time together. Making time for intimate moments outside of intercourse is great way to stay connected to your partner during this time.

Ultimately, postpartum intimacy requires patience, understanding, and a willingness to adapt to the changes that come with welcoming a new baby into the family. By prioritizing both physical and mental health, couples can maintain a fulfilling sexual connection and strengthen their relationship as they navigate parenthood.

Sex On The Floor Podcast

Dr. Katie Schubert, Sex Therapist, Owner of Cypress Wellness Center

Dr. Molly Hart, Pelvic Floor PT, Owner of Pelvic Balance Physical Therapy

Episode 12: Intimacy Postpartum

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