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

Thu, April 5, 2012 2:27pm EDT by 31 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 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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