Your Body After Pregnancy FAQs

Why is sex more painful after giving birth?

Your vagina will go through a time of healing after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding, the change in estrogen can lead to lubrication issues. Use a lubricant during intercourse and allow your body time to adjust after your baby delivery.

Will I be stretched out down there after giving birth?

No, your vagina naturally stretches during baby delivery, but then goes back to its normal size afterward. If you are concerned about this, do Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic muscles. To identify these muscles, clench the same muscles you use to stop your urine in mid-stream. Do a set of 10 repetitions, three to five times a day.

Will I be able to control my bladder as usual after my pregnancy?

During pregnancy, bladder control may decrease the closer you get to your due date. After about six weeks to three months of having this issue, most women notice an improvement. Kegel exercises help to strengthen the pelvic muscles that stop urine flow. Clench these muscles 10 times, three to five sets a day. If there is an ongoing problem, consult your OBGYN.


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