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Exercises for Better Post-Baby Sex

To ensure post-baby sex (for you and your partner) is sufficiently steamy, strengthen your pelvic-floor muscles.

As you settle into new motherhood, you might start thinking about getting busy in a way that doesn’t involve changing diapers or feeding your newborn. For better sex after a baby, you'll want to strengthen your pelvic floor. Why is that so important? “The strength of the pelvic floor contributes significantly to your sexual response, as well as the friction your partner experiences,” says Emily Harrell, L.M.F.T., owner of the Center for Mindful Living, a Chicago-based wellness center that specializes in treating sex and relationship issues. “Pregnancy typically weakens the pelvic floor due to hormonal changes, weight gain, pressure from the weight of the baby and stretching during labor and delivery.”

A weakened pelvic floor can lead to incontinence, painful intercourse and a decrease in the intensity and frequency of orgasms. But the good news is that like any weakened muscle, the pelvic floor can be strengthened with exercise, says mother-of-three Tasha Mulligan, a Des Moines, Iowa-based physical therapist and creator of the DVD Hab It: Pelvic Floor. Plus, she says, “The stronger your pelvic floor muscles are, the more blood flow you have to the area, which heightens sensitivity, and you’ll also experience more intense contractions during orgasm.”

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