Couples tend to fall into two camps when it comes to getting intimate during pregnancy. If dryness is a major issue, talk to your doctor about using a vaginal moisturizer like Replens. In the name of scientific research, women who had given birth within the previous year used a vaginal pressure monitor read: Even if you've been okayed for the whole shebang, it's normal to ease into it: While those who gave birth vaginally did have "looser" vaginas than those who'd had C-sections, there was no difference in sexual satisfaction or sexual function , according to the study, published in International Journal of Impotence Research. Plus, knowing certain moves are off limits can build anticipation and make the fooling around even hotter, says Ava Cadell, PhD, author of Neuroloveology: When you register on our site, we will use your information to make sure we are sending you the content that's most helpful to you. It may be better to lie on your sides, either facing each other or with your partner behind. A study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine found that postpartum women generally reported engaging in oral and manual stimulation and masturbation prior to intercourse. Your best protection is a long-lasting silicone-based lube that coats the vagina and reduces friction against sore spots. Advertisement 7 of 17 Getty Images Sex might feel different, but not in a bad way If you've ever heard someone say that sex after vaginal childbirth is like throwing a hotdog down the hallway or insert whatever crude version you've heard , know this truth: Commenting on the findings Siobhan Freegard, founder of Channel Mum said: And he may recommend that you don't have sex for the rest of your pregnancy if you have: So it's usually fine to keep having sex right up until your waters break.