Information and Resources for Postpartum Relationships, Body Changes, and Sex

The Gottman Relationship Blog (The Gottman Institute)
Fantastic, research-based blog with resources on relationships. Within the blog is a specific column entitled “Bringing Baby Home” that features posts about improving the marital relationship while welcoming a new baby. The Gottman mission is to reach out to families in order to help create and maintain greater love and health in relationships. They are committed to an ongoing program of research that increases the understanding of relationships and adds to the development of interventions that have been carefully evaluated.

How Postpartum Depression Affects Your Marriage or Partnership (Postpartum Progress)
A must-read for couples experiencing a postpartum disorder. In this article by licensed clinician Kate Kripke, she highlights five major changes that couples go through when they become parents. She further outlines the most common relationship and marital challenges she sees in her clinical practices working with women struggling with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Keeping Your Relationship On Track During Postpartum Depression (Postpartum Progress)
The follow-up article to How Postpartum Depression Affects Your Marriage or Partnership, written by licensed clinician Kate Kripke. This article lists some of the ways couples can work together to get their relationship back on track during the postpartum period. 

Body Changes
Postpartum Depression, Body Image, & Weight Gain (Postpartum Progress)
Written by the creator of Postpartum Progress, Katherine Stone. She shares her own struggles with body image and postpartum depression and anxiety. 

 Timeline of Postpartum Recovery   (The Alpha Parent)
This is a very detailed list of what to expect physically after a baby is born. The list begins at day one post delivery and includes information all the way through the first year. 

What Women Need to Know About Post Pregnancy
This interview with Sylvia Brown, author of Postpartum Handbook, provides information about what to expect in terms of how pregnancy affects the body physically. 

Fourth Trimester Bodies Project  
A blog with beautiful pictures of real moms and babies. The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is a movement dedicated to educating, embracing and empowering humans through photographs and story telling. 

Sexuality After Childbirth
A video with Penny Simkin & Dr. Amy Gilliland. Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. Dr. Gilliland is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, a psychology instructor at Madison College, and is one of the first DONA International birth doula trainers. Over her twenty-five year career, her work has spanned the perinatal spectrum. Dr. Gilliland has published research on birth doula support for over ten years, but has also published on female sexuality.
The video is a look at how birth can affect sex for couples, and information on resuming sex after childbirth. Amy and Penny discuss the current research on sexuality in the postpartum period.

How to Have Great Postpartum Sex ( 
A flashy title, but the advice is simple and to the point. The article is a short explanation of what can be expected postpartum. 

10 Reasons Why She Doesn’t Want to Have Sex After Having a Baby (BellyBelly)
A helpful, comprehensive read for couples, especially for partners, highlighting the reasons why a woman may not want to have sex immediately following having a baby and ways in which partners can help. 

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