Are you a new mom wondering why sex is so…different since you became a mother? You’re not alone.
Maybe you haven’t had sex yet and are worried about how it will feel. Or you fear your sex drive is simply gone for good. The truth is, having a baby can change everything you thought you knew about sexual intimacy and desire.
In "From Ouch! To Ahhh…The New Mom’s Guide To Sex After Baby," sex educator Sarah J. Swofford, MPH, addresses what most new moms wonder but few know who to ask: Is something wrong with me because I don’t want to have sex? Drawing on interviews with moms of young children, women’s sexual health research, and her own personal experience as a mother of two, Swofford uncovers the “why” behind common sexual challenges and provides practical solutions to empower and reassure any new mother.
Sarah J. Swofford, MPH, helps moms have better sex. A sex educator with a master's degree in public health and a mom of two, Swofford is the author of "From Ouch! To Ahhh...The New Mom's Guide To Sex After Baby." She supports new moms who are learning how to navigate sex and intimate relationships amidst the demands of parenting.
Swofford has taught sexual health education across the country. She blogs about women's sexuality during motherhood on her website, www.sarahjswofford.com, and teaches workshops on sexual intimacy for moms. Her articles have appeared in several regional parenting magazines.
New moms worry about sex after pregnancy. Each woman's experiences and emotions about intimacy are different and unique. There is no right or wrong way. Striving for a 'no pressure' approach, where expectations are broad and a new mom only does what feels good to her, will relieve anxiety.
From Ouch! To Ahhh
You just had a baby. Right now you probably have a healing body, whirling hormones, fatigue, and a general sense of feeling overwhelmed. This is all normal. It is also normal to be terrified at the thought of sex.