Postpartum intimacy

Barbara Olinger, MSW Parenting Consultant, shares advice for parents on how to resume intimacy in your marriage after having a baby
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Postpartum intimacy

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Once you have a baby, resuming sexual relations with your partner can be hard to imagine. Besides your tiredness, your whole world has changed. The physical intimacy that you have with your baby often reduces the need that you have to be physically intimate with your partner. The other thing is that before baby your world has been pretty similar, at least there was a routine. After baby, your world is totally different. Your expectations and social interactions are different. This can cause a disconnect with your spouse that can cause a decrease in the desire for sex. What is important is to honor both of those worlds and check in with each other every day, even if it's only for ten minutes. Connecting with each other can often increase the desire for sex. You may have to be more creative about when and where you have sex. Your relationships change after you have a baby, and the most important thing is to be patient with yourself.

Barbara Olinger, MSW Parenting Consultant, shares advice for parents on how to resume intimacy in your marriage after having a baby

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Barbara Olinger, MSW

Parenting Consultant

Barbara Olinger has her master's degree in social work and has been working with children and families in both therapeutic and educational settings for over 30 years. She is currently Director of Family Development at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside and has a private practice focusing on parenting education and teacher training.  She is the author of the parenting book, Growing From the Roots: A Practical Guide to the Art of Parenting, now on DVD along with Welcoming Your Second Child. She has two sons, ages 23 and 20 years old.  

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