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Sex A Pastime For 1 in 4 Couples After Childbirth

Update Date: Mar 05, 2014 01:59 PM EST

One in four couples stop having sex after the birth of their first child, according to a new survey.

The latest survey reveals that sex became the "elephant in the room" for many couples after childbirth.

The survey revealed that a fifth of men report having difficulties initiating sex with their partner after the birth of a child. Unsurprisingly, women are even more worried about sex than men with 44 percent reporting concerns between the sheets.

Women were most worried about pain and soreness during sex, with 38 percent of women reporting that they were worried that they may not enjoy sex as much as before giving birth.

The survey by Kegel8 revealed that women were also worried about getting enough sleep, taking care of their baby and regaining body confidence before they start having sex again.

"Having sex for the first time after having a baby can be a difficult conversation for many couples," said Jane Wake, an expert in prenatal and postnatal fitness, according to the Daily Mail.

"Dads don't want to put pressure on their partners, and new mums may not feel ready yet. So it's good to communicate with each other and be open about your needs, worries and anxieties!" Wake concluded.

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