Before you start having postpartum sexual intercourse, get the OK from your health provider. “I ask my clients to wait at least six weeks postpartum to have intercourse,” says Midwife Risa Klein. “Sometimes, it will take a woman more than six weeks after birth to be ready for sex, whether she had vaginal delivery or a C-section.”
If you had a vaginal delivery, having sex too quickly could lead to a vaginal infection, and if you had a C-section, it’s important to give your incision time to heal. “Each woman has her own recovery time, both physically and emotionally, even if she didn’t have any tears or an episiotomy,” adds Klein.
So, even if your doc says it’s fine to have sex, it’s also fine to wait a few more weeks (or longer) if you don’t feel up to it yet. Never let anyone pressure you into having sex.