Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sex life ruined: Irish mums reveal that new babies put a stop to sex

86pc of parents revealed that housework and child-minding dampen the mood.
86pc of parents revealed that housework and child-minding dampen the mood.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

More than half of Irish mums dream of the sex life they once had before welcoming a new baby, research has revealed.

A survey of Irish mothers revealed that 56pc long for their pre-baby sex life with their partners as passion can be dampened by a new arrival.

The research conducted by Irish parenting community Mummypages.ie found that exhaustion, low self-esteem and reduced sensation are the three factors that impact the goings-on in the bedroom in the months after having a baby.

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The tiredness associated with newborns is cited as the reason many parents aren’t busy between the sheets with 80pc blaming exhaustion for the lack of action.

Finding the time to get down and dirty proved difficult with new Irish parents and 86pc revealed that housework and child-minding dampen the mood.

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The survey also revealed that 16pc of Irish parents are intimate less than ten times per year.

Laura Haugh of MummyPages said: “It’s unfortunate to think that besides tiredness, the main reasons for mums avoiding sex is a lack of confidence, with many of our mums unhappy with their post-baby bodies.

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“It’s hard for mums to feel sexy when they are still adjusting to their body’s physical changes, especially those who may still be breastfeeding, while for others weight gain and a change in body shape contribute to many women having an identity crisis.”

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