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.
Becoming new parents together is powerful. Loving and raising a child together is a profound connection. It's also tough on sexual and intimate relationships. But parents who understand that sexual challenges are normal for most new parents, and are patient with each other, build trust and intimacy that will deepen as their babies get older.
From Ouch! To Ahhh
Through lots of trial and error, but with open communication and a commitment to getting through the rigmarole of early childhood together, you can emerge from your baby’s infancy feeling closer than ever. You will learn to love your partner in a new way as you watch him or her parent your child. As your child’s need for you lessens, you are able to give each other more time and attention. Accepting that your sexual relationship will go through ups and downs can help you get through sexual droughts.