Nurse explains real reason you should wait 6 weeks to have sex after having a baby
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After you give birth you're given a lot of advice on how to look after yourself.
One of those pieces of advice is to not have sex for at least six weeks post birth? But why?
A nurse using the TikTok username @obnursejen recently uploaded a video explaining why you should wait and it's really interesting.
The nurse explained that the reasoning behind telling mums not to have sex until a couple of months after you give birth is to prevent infection.
She went on to explain that she had recently seen a post where a mum was bragging that she had had sex only a couple of days after giving birth.
The mum in question said that she didn't tear while giving birth so she felt she was fine to have sex so soon after having her baby.
Nurse @obnursejen spoke in the video about why that just because you didn't tear, doesn't mean you can't still get an infection from having sex too soon;
"We tell you to wait because because your placenta left a plate sized wound in your uterus and we don't want it to get infected."
She then held up a model that would be roughly the wound size to show mums why it's better to be on the safe side and just wait the few weeks.
Personally (though I feel like quite a few mums will feel the same), the last thing on my mind after I had given birth was 'how soon will I be able to have sex?'
On top of that you have a newborn and when exactly between the night feeds and constant nappy changes are you supposed to fit in time to get jiggy with it?
Honestly if the nurse had told me to wait a whole year I would have been fine with it.