Are you Ok down there?
Experts allay your fears about post-baby sex
Worry No. 4 > > I’ll look funny “down there.”
Real deal After a traumatic delivery that resulted in fourth-degree tears, Rachel T., of Newport News, Va., wouldn’t have sex with her husband for weeks after being cleared by her doctor. “I felt like a vaginal Frankenstein,” she says.
While your vaginal area may be swollen and discolored after you give birth, it returns to its normal appearance within four to six weeks. “The vagina is like a rubber band,” Berman says. “It’ll bounce back.”
And so, probably, will your love life.
Ease into intercourse You might want to devote more time than normal to hugging, kissing, mutual masturbation or oral sex.
Be prepared Have plenty of lubricant on hand.
Use protection Remember, breastfeeding is not a reliable form of birth control, and you can become pregnant again before your menstrual periods resume.