A new study about postpartum sex conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan and reported in Live Science finds 26 percent of new moms are having intercourse before their six-week checkup (doctors usually recommend waiting four to six weeks after giving birth).
Here are some of the other findings in the study:
- By 12 weeks, 85 percent of new moms are having intercourse.
- What makes new moms want to have sex most? A desire for feelings of intimacy and closeness to their partners, followed by their partner's interest in sex. A woman's social support system and her physical and psychological experiences during childbirth also had an affect.
- Things like stress, body image, and breastfeeding were not associated with how quickly women started having sex again.
- What is the biggest sex buzz-kill? Fatigue, followed by baby's sleeping habits and lack of time.
- Contrary to popular belief, it is not a turn-off for a man to see his partner giving birth. Women whose partners were in the delivery room actually reported a stronger sexual desire after baby was born.
Are you surprised by the findings of this study?
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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.