How Long Should Women Wait Before Having Sex After Giving Birth?

Thu, April 5, 2012 2:27pm EDT by 23 Comments

Days, weeks, months — What is an ideal wait before jumping back into bed after welcoming your bundle of joy?

Don’t worry mothers and fathers. The recommended time to wait is a reasonable six weeks before having intercourse after the delivery, Dr. Patricia Allen, a gynecologist in NYC, tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. But actress Tori Spelling, 38, wasted no time and became pregnant with her fourth child only one month after giving birth to 6-month-old Hattie!

Sometimes having sex too soon can have severe consequences. “Having intercourse too soon can impede the healing of either an episiotomy or the tears that often occur with vaginal birth,” Dr. Allen says. “Intercourse too soon could cause an infection in the uterine cavity that must heal after the removal of the placenta.”

Tori didn’t experience any consequences other than being shocked by her unplanned fourth pregnancy with her husband, Dean McDermott, 45, the actress tells US Weekly. “The doctor said, ‘Wait six weeks [to have sex],’ and Dean was like,  ‘They tell everyone that.’ We didn’t wait that long with Stella, 3, or Liam, 5.  I was like, ‘Well, I don’t want him to think that the  sex is going downhill,’ so now we’re on baby No. 4.”

One woman in a recent Daily Mail article even waited an entire year before having sex! If you don’t think you’re ready, go by the advice of Dr. Allen. “However, I always told my patients that after six weeks, they should choose to resume intercourse based on the jewelry the partner had given them for suffering through pregnancy and labor!” Many women will appreciate this advice to pass on to their baby daddies!

Dr. Allen adds: “After all there are other ways to have intimate activity without intercourse…”

Just remember ladies, be careful and only do it only when you’re comfortable! No pressure gentlemen!

Written and Reported by Giovanna Pagliarulo

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Mr Gaypia

Posted at 3:23 AM on September 7, 2014  

My girl is three month, & i so love my wife But we are so worry your little Girl cuz parent say,it wrong.thanks Doctor

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shaban arlan

Posted at 11:11 AM on July 17, 2014  

Thaxs doc 4 ur advice its very helpfull

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azzaaq

Posted at 10:22 AM on July 16, 2014  

Nice helpful

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Dalmate tembe

Posted at 1:33 PM on June 18, 2014  

Im dalmate i wanna know if i have sex with my girlfriend after she have a baby of 1mount an 3days it could be a problem or not?

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Margarita

Posted at 8:14 PM on June 16, 2014  

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Daniel

Posted at 12:39 PM on May 1, 2014  

But, cant one still have the sex with a condom?

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jamfi sam

Posted at 8:47 PM on April 17, 2014  

gff

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Elias

Posted at 8:30 PM on January 4, 2014  

Very nice and helpful

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hummy

Posted at 6:49 PM on December 6, 2013  

But lent that having sex before six months may cause the not to be strong and that the may not be able to stand or move for quite a long time

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Deji

Posted at 3:42 AM on November 20, 2013  

My wife gave birth 3 month ago am afraid to have sex with her what do i do please.

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Ijah

Posted at 5:31 PM on August 19, 2013  

Many thanks to you doctor for good advice you give us here keep post more and more.

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lufuno ramarumo

Posted at 9:35 PM on July 31, 2013  

its risky for a man to intimate with a mother of one month old child?

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Okaka

Posted at 11:54 AM on July 29, 2013  

Thnks 4 ur advice

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elijah

Posted at 10:16 AM on July 21, 2013  

thanks a lot for this advice.

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jatinderkumar

Posted at 2:08 AM on June 7, 2013  

i like the advice

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komolafe kolawole

Posted at 10:53 AM on March 31, 2013  

i want to ask that my wife just given birth 6 weeks ago and i am feeling like sex and we dont need a child for now what can i do ?

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koriyo godfrey

Posted at 4:23 PM on March 3, 2013  

Thank you so much Dr Allen. Health first then our feelings next. I like your advice Dr Allen.

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Benny Allen

Posted at 1:50 PM on February 26, 2013  

Thank you doctor for advice!to Dr.Allen.

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Abraham shakespeare

Posted at 5:41 AM on January 8, 2013  

Does the semen have any good effect in the woman’s breast milk?

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kendra b

Posted at 12:12 PM on April 22, 2012  

i don’t think about having kids that bad someone like tori spelling easy prey for pregancy’s i watch i did’nt know i was preganant to watch for the systpoms and have a specialists not that i did’nt watch donna martin in 90210 the orginal my therapists watching my a1c ‘s and prolactin dr o i think she doing a good job
i think you should’nt give birth untill u can handle it and this song by r.kelly seems like you’re ready a bad example of encouraging people

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jessi

Posted at 7:38 PM on April 6, 2012  

I don’t get the jewelry comment at the end. Do most women get jewelry for giving birth? I didn’t get any but I’m not complaining since that’s not something I care about. I just don’t understand what that doctor means by her comment regarding having sex based on the type of jewelry they receive, seemed very shallow and not something a doctor should be saying.

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Itsmelaurenash

Posted at 11:38 AM on April 6, 2012  

She had a C-Section. It would be different if she had a vaginal birth.

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theresa

Posted at 11:02 AM on April 6, 2012  

people are disturbing. stop abusing your bodies. its sick!

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