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TIPS FOR SEX AFTER PREGNANCY FROM WELLNESS EXPERT LATHAM THOMAS

Jul 16, 2013

Tips For Sex After Pregnancy From Wellness Expert Latham Thomas

Wellness and birth coach Latham Thomas has tackled topics like "Sex While Pregnant," "The Best Sex Positions During Pregnancy," and more for Elizabeth Street. This week she discusses what happens in the bedroom after you've brought home baby. 

After birth it takes the body about six weeks to heal. Your body may heal sooner, but this is when your doctor will offer clearance for exercise and vaginal penetration. At this point, with a newborn and a newfound respect for sleep, it may be difficult to imagine wanting intimacy with anything other than your pillow.

It's important to really allow yourself the time to properly recover before picking back up where you left off in the bedroom. Because of the heightened concentration of hormones secreted postpartum you may not be up for swinging from the chandeliers right away--and that is totally normal. Remember it's all about feeling sexy, radiant, and having fun with your partner, and for some of us it takes time to get our groove back after baby. 

This is a good time to revisit the tips for sex during pregnancy, because the same preparation and detail will be important at this time. Setting the mood with candlelight, soothing aromatic scents, a warm environment, music, and beautiful scenery will create a sensual mood. 

Once the mood's been set, explore touch starting with the erogenous zones--ears, nape of neck, behind the knees, inner thighs, feet, breasts. Take it slowly and go where your body takes you. Remember, it's important to get out of your head and into your body and move at your own pace.

By Latham Thomas, founder of Mama Glow