Guest post by Morgan, blogger at The Little Hen House
Let’s talk about sex, baby.
Occasionally, usually in a one on one conversation, a girlfriend will open up to me about her sex life. Anyone who knows me knows that I will pretty much talk about anything, so I’m always down for a good sex talk. Here’s what I have learned: Most of us really don’t feel like doing it a whole lot. And by a whole lot, I mean pretty much almost never.
Here’s the part where I have to ask you to refrain from telling me about how you can’t get enough of your husband and you practically attack him the second he walks in the door. Good for you. And him.
What I’m saying is- most of us don’t have the same sex drive that we did before we became mothers. Don’t worry. It’s totally normal. The best thing we can do is share our experiences and try to help one another. So…..
Here is what I think affects libido after childbirth:
3. Post baby body. Even if you have returned to your pre-baby size, you may feel differently about your body- especially if you are nursing or had a difficult delivery.
4. How involved/helpful your partner is. I tell my husband that doing the dishes counts as foreplay. Husbands need to step up and act like supportive partners. I’ve had it with man-children. Mothers don’t feel like having sex with a partner who acts like a child. They feel like putting them in the corner for a time out.
5. Where your baby sleeps. It’s hard to have sexy time when you have the baby in the bed.
6. How consumed you are with motherhood. Take time for yourself. Work on a non-child related hobby. Have a glass of wine with your girlfriends. Re-connect with your pre-mommy self. You were a person before you had children. And that person felt like having sex. Get to know her again.
7. Date night. I know it’s cliché, but it’s SO important to get away with your spouse once in a while. Enjoy a great meal, have a glass of wine (or two!). I find that Friday nights are great for us. It allows us to reconnect after a long week and gear up for the weekend.
8. Baby blues/postpartum depression. Enough said.
9. Fake it till you make it. Sometimes you just have to make yourself do it. You will be glad afterwards. So will your husband. 🙂
10. Finally, you may never feel like jumping your partner’s bones like you used to. That’s ok. Having children changes everything about a relationship. You are both parents now and you need to re-discover each other in a completely new way. It’s really, really hard and everyone goes through this struggle. It will take time, but you will get in your groove again.
I’m no expert and I’m certainly not a doctor. If you think something is medically wrong with you, then I suggest you discuss it with a professional. I can only give you my advice, which is based on my own personal experience.
Having two babies in just over two years did quite a number on my sex life. I’m not perfect, but I’m trying really hard to get back in the game and I know you can too.
Bio: Morgan is a Stay at Home Mom to Emma and Annie. In between eating Bon Bons and watching soaps, she writes about life, the adventures of motherhood, and the challenges of raising her two little chicks. You can read more of her at The Little Hen House.
Dear friends, do you have anything that you’ve learned and would like to share about post-partum libido? Just keep it at PG13 please…
Opening up the conversation,