Sex may be the last thing on your mind after having a baby, thanks to stress, fatigue, and a lack of libido, not to mention the huge task of caring for a newborn. But that’s not all: during pregnancy, a woman’s hormone levels are increased and drop dramatically after childbirth. This drop in hormone levels can further dampen your desire for sex.
For many first-time moms, it can be a struggle to reconcile their new roles as mothers and sexual adults. If you find your libido has decreased or you’re just not “feeling it,” one of the best things you can do is keep lines of communication open with your spouse.
Reviewed by Dr. Kristie Rivers, September 2020