After Childbirth

Sexual intercourse

When can I have sexual intercourse?

During pregnancy:
In most cases, there is no risk to having sexual intercourse during pregnancy. It does not harm the baby and helps to strengthen the couple.

Sexual intercourse must absolutely be avoided in the event of:

  • risk of premature birth
  • placenta previa (placenta covering the cervix)
  • rupture of the amniotic sac

After childbirth:
As desired, as soon as the suture is well healed, free from pain and there are no more heavy discharges.

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Baby blues

I feel sad, exhausted, unable to cope.

Is this the baby blues?

The baby blues occurs within 3 to 10 days after childbirth. The baby blues is not an illness but rather a reaction to a state of fatigue, drop in hormones and change in status: daughter, wife then mother.

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Cramps

I am still bleeding after delivery and I have a stomach pain, is this normal?

Bleeding or "lochia" is normal after childbirth; it gradually becomes less bloody, becoming pink, then yellow and white and ceases between the 2nd and 6th postpartum week.

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Return of menses (return of menstrual periods)

When will my periods come back?

The first period after childbirth is also known as the "return of menses". It usually arrives six weeks after childbirth. If you are breastfeeding entirely, this return of menses may be delayed by a few weeks to a few months.

Warning: breastfeeding is not a method of contraception.

You should consult your gynecologist around six weeks after giving birth for a postpartum check-up and to address the issue of contraception.

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Sexual intercourse

When can I have sexual intercourse?

During pregnancy:
In most cases, there is no risk to having sexual intercourse during pregnancy. It does not harm the baby and helps to strengthen the couple.

Sexual intercourse must absolutely be avoided in the event of:

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Lochia

I am still bleeding after delivery and I have a stomach pain, is this normal?

Bleeding or "lochia" is normal after childbirth; it gradually becomes less bloody, becoming pink, then yellow and white and ceases between the 2nd and 6th postpartum week.

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Baby blues

I feel sad, exhausted, unable to cope.

Is this the baby blues?

The baby blues occurs within 3 to 10 days after childbirth. The baby blues is not an illness but rather a reaction to a state of fatigue, drop in hormones and change in status: daughter, wife then mother.

English