Research reveals sex practices of new mums

New fathers may have to wait before resuming condom use, as research has revealed the sex practices of first-time mothers.

Published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the study revealed most new mums will wait until six weeks after giving birth before having vaginal sex with their partner again.

Using data from the Maternal Health Study, investigators from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia found this wait extends further for those who have an operative vaginal birth, caesarean, perineal tear or episiotomy.

The cases of 1,507 first-time mothers were looked at as part of the study, which revealed 41 per cent attempted vaginal intercourse by six weeks, 65 per cent by eight weeks and 78 per cent by 12 weeks.  

Stephanie Brown, an associate professor from the research institute, said: "This is useful information for couples to know before their baby is born and may help reduce feelings of anxiety and guilt about not resuming sexual activity sooner."