Sex After Delivery A Practical Guide For New Parents

Sex After Delivery A Practical Guide For New Parents

New parents usually have a lot of questions about having sex during pregnancy and also worry about having sex after childbirth as well. That's why we have gathered information to answer some of the most common questions that new parents have about sex after delivery.

When Is It Safe To Have Sex After Delivery?

Usually, doctors recommend waiting for 6 weeks after delivery before having sex because women go for their post-partum check-up around that time and the doctor can then see and tell whether it would be safe or to wait for some time more. You should at least wait for 3 weeks post-delivery or till vaginal bleeding and discharge (referred to as Lochia) have stopped which is a sign of your uterus being healed. Having sex while the bleeding and discharge occur can cause infections as the area is still vulnerable.

Also read: What To Expect From Your Periods After Pregnancy?

When Can I Have Sex If I Have Had Stitches During Delivery?

If you have had stitches, episiotomy, or C-sections during delivery then you might have to wait longer for the wounds to heal and for you to have sex. Trying to have sex before the wounds have healed is dangerous because not only will it be painful but might put pressure on the stitches and cause a rupture and you would have to get stitches done again.

Are There Any Tips For Sex After Delivery?

The key to having sex soon after delivery is to make sure you heal from the whole experience of childbirth sooner, physically and mentally. And you need to take care of yourself for that to happen as a lot of your time and energy will go into taking care of the child and coping with the exhaustion and pains of the changes your body has undergone. Try taking care of yourself by following the below tips.

  • Eat well and drink plenty of fluids to keep your energy levels up. Try resting as much as possible so that you don’t feel tired and exhausted all the time.
  • Keep doing pelvic floor exercises to gain back muscle strength and control. You can try exercise sets like Kegels that help a lot post-delivery.
  • Dress up in something good so that you even feel good about yourself and you can check out Morph Maternity’s trendy range of nursing dresses and bras.

Sex After Delivery Is Painful Shall I Approach The Doctor?

If you and your partner have tried having sex a couple of times (after the bleeding and discharge have stopped or after the post-partum visit to the doctor) and have been careful as well, however, sex is still very uncomfortable and painful then you must visit your doctor at the earliest and talk openly about the problem. Don’t hesitate, talk without any shame.

Also read : Is Sex During Pregnancy Safe? Everything You Need To Know


Having sex after delivery can be a tricky subject for new parents. It is important to follow the doctor's recommendations and wait for the right time when your body has healed properly. If you have had stitches or C-sections during delivery, you might need to wait longer for your wounds to heal. Taking care of yourself by eating well, staying hydrated and doing pelvic floor exercises can help you recover faster. And if you experience pain or discomfort during sex after delivery, don't hesitate to talk to your doctor. Remember that it is normal to have questions and concerns. So, seeking help is nothing to be ashamed of. 

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