Postpartum Sex: Is It Bad to Do It With Baby in the Room?

Should you do the deed with your baby around? An expert weighs in.

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If you're finally in the mood to have sex after giving birth, you know by now that it's rare if your baby is not in the same room as you. So there's pretty much only one option: have sex with baby nearby.

Is it terrible? No. Will you be the first parent to have sex with a baby asleep in the room? Definitely not. The fact is babies (especially newborns) can sleep through most anything, including the sounds of sex.

But if the idea bothers you, try to be quiet and quick (this means lots of foreplay) or change your location. Experiment with having sex in other places in your home (kitchen, bathroom, closet, etc.). Keep in mind that if you are hesitant to have sex "in front of" your baby, this can translate into difficulty getting turned on. You'll be less likely to become aroused, lubricated, and amorous in general.

In order to avoid that situation, be upfront with your partner about your hesitation. Remember that the better your communication is, the better your sex life will be.

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