Sex and intimacy

Adjusting your sex-pectations

Sex and intimacy - Partners to ParentsYour experiences of sex and intimacy are likely to change during pregnancy and following childbirth.

Many people have less interest in sex in the later stages of their pregnancy and the months following birth due to hormonal changes and the way they feel about their body.

Your sex life may not return to normal for a year or more.

Your sexual health and intimacy may be affected by a number of factors including the physical recovery, lifestyle changes after the birth, and changes in body image.

Following birth, it is important to understand that even if the birth wasn’t traumatic, it may impact upon your sexual relationship. Your sexual relationship may be different to “pre-baby”, but not necessarily worse.

Sex and intimacy - Partners to ParentsAre you feeling rejected?

You may feel rejected or unwanted if your partner is not interested in sex. Less interest in sex does not mean that your partner is no longer interested in you or attracted to you. Explore different types of intimacy, such as cuddling or hand holding. Reassure your partner that it is OK to be disinterested in sex. Communicate about what you want and how you feel about sex.

REFLECT: Sex and intimacy

What helps me feel connected to my partner?

If my partner is not interested in being physically intimate, how can I show my love outside of the bedroom?

How would I like my partner to be intimate with me?

How would I like to be intimate with my partner?

It is important to be aware that if you are feeling low and have lost interest in sex, this can be a sign of depression.

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Last reviewed 24 April 2016