New mothers avoid sex for six weeks

Tags: pregnancy

Most first-time mums abstain from sex for over six weeks after childbirth, according to new research.

The study found younger mums tend to resume having sex earlier than older women, with the delays longer for those who had a caesarean section or endured complications during childbirth.

Conducted at Australia's Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, the study found only 41% of women had tried having sex within six weeks of their pregnancy ending.

Some 63% of first-time mothers aged between 18 and 24 had resumed sex within six weeks of having their baby compared to only 40% of those aged between 30 and 34, researchers found.

Published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , the study found 94% of all women had attempted having sex within six months of their baby's birth.

Lead author, associate professor Stephanie Brown, said their results showed most couples put their sex lives on hold for between six and eight weeks after childbirth with many leaving it even longer.

She said: "This is useful information for couples to know before their baby is born, and may help reduce feelings of anxiety and guilt about not resuming sexual activity sooner."

Co-author Ellie McDonald said there was evidence that some couples were waiting until after a six-week check-up before resuming sexual activity to ensure everything was "back to normal".

Copyright Press Association 2013

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