Sleep and Sex after Baby
People who say the sleep like a baby usually don’t have one. Leo J. Burke
It turns out that sleep disturbance is the number one risk factor for developing depression at any time in life, and also the number one risk factor for relapse in anyone who has ever had an previous episode of depression. And what comes with a new baby? Why sleep deprivation, of course! This chapter covers the basics of sleep and how to preserve and protect it.
Sexuality is also often an issue after baby and this chapter covers it all. Women who give birth resume intercourse, on average, by 6 to 7 weeks postpartum. By 12 weeks postpartum, about 88% of women will have resumed regular intercourse. Overall, sexual desire and frequency is typically back to pre pregnancy levels by the time baby is a year old. This finding holds true across many different studies and in many different cultures. And it turns out, the best thing a couple can do to normalize their sex life is to normalize their sleep.
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