“I don’t remember feeling any pain during it because it was over so quickly, but that could have been because I had an epidural.”
An expectant mother described having sex in the hospital barely hours after giving birth.
Deborah Hodge discovered herself having sex far sooner than the four to six weeks that physicians advise moms to wait so their bodies have time to recuperate.
The NHS, on the other hand, asserts that “there are no rules” and that new mothers should follow their bodies. Hodge, who was 39 at the time, discovered that she was almost immediately prepared.
Hodge described how she and her then-partner hit it off in the hospital bed in an interview with The Sun in 2019. She was discussing the frequently taboo topic of intimacy after childbirth with the publication among other mothers.
Hodge, a London resident, claimed that she waited two hours after giving birth to her fourth child in July 2013.
Hodge also stated that she would be eager to slip back under the covers in a fortnight after having her prior children. You can become pregnant as soon as three weeks after giving birth, even if you’re breastfeeding and your periods haven’t yet resumed, according to the NHS.
“As Amelia lay in her cot, my partner and I were cuddling on the bed when before I knew it, we were having sex,” she told The Sun.
Hodge said the birth of the couple’s fourth child came as a “happy surprise” because she had assumed she was past the point of conception.
Hodge continued: “There was just this incredible closeness between us. I didn’t feel sexy, but I did feel special. It was over so quick that I don’t remember feeling any discomfort, but that could have been because I’d had an epidural.
“I couldn’t believe we’d done it – I put it down to all the drugs I was on!”
Three days later, when the couple was back at home, they went at it again.
“It felt OK and we experimented with different positions to avoid putting pressure on my stitches,” Hodge told the publication.
While intimacy was clearly not an issue for the couple, Hodge split up with her then 24-year-old boyfriend just a few months after Amelia was born.
“It rocked me a bit and I felt quite vulnerable being a single mum with a young baby,” she told The Sun.
“I somehow muddled through, and now that Amelia is starting school, I’m finally ready to get back on the dating scene again.
“I do think new mums should get back into the saddle when it comes to sex – putting it off isn’t a good idea.”
Hodge, a body positivity advocate, has previously appeared on ITV’s This Morning where she talked about walking around naked in front of her kids to teach them to feel pride in their bodies.