We love talking about sex, but what about sex during pregnancy and after childbirth?
Earlier this year, a review paper was published summarizing what we know from research about sexual behaviors during pregnancy and the year after childbirth. They combed through 56 empirical studies published in the academic literature since 1996, and found that, in general, there was a gradual decline in vaginal intercourse over the course of pregnancy and the first couple of months post-childbirth. This week we were able to interview the lead author on this paper, Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel, and discuss these findings and everything else she knows about sex during and after pregnancy.
About Our Guest
Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the Associate Director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative. She got her PhD in Health Behavior from the School of Public Health at Indiana University Bloomington, and her research focuses on the sexual health of women and couples as they transition into parenthood. Her 2016 TEDxOmaha talk “The lies we tell pregnant women” has being viewed over 3 million times.
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