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Post- first baby - am I the only one?

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Gemlove Wed 13-Nov-13 22:48:33

Hi , I have been looking for a thread on this, but can't find it. I'm wondering if anyone else has had trouble with their husband or partner being completely uninterested romantically / sexually after pregnancy and baby is born? My husband and I haven't had sex in over a year. Wow. Scary to write that down, he is just not interested in me anymore. And it is clear he does nt find me attractive anymore. I don't really know if this is normal or what to do. All the threads are about the reverse. I am wondering if it is because if the baby or that I am slightly heavier now (about 10lbs six months after the birth) or he just doesn't feel attracted at all anymore????? I can't understand, but I don't really know how to address it ... Anyone been through this?????

howmuchwouldyoutake Wed 13-Nov-13 22:50:49

Mine is the same. Sorry no advice, you're not alone though :-(

Not just you. Can't really offer any advice, DD is nearly 5 months old and me and OH barely speak to each other anymore.

impatienttobemummy Wed 13-Nov-13 22:56:08

Have you spoken to him about it? What does he say is the problem?

MiniMonty Thu 14-Nov-13 03:47:36

Nope - you're not alone...
I didin't have sex with my wife for eighteen months after our daughter was born and I can't honestly tell you why... (because I have no idea).
Just one of those things.
Too many late nights and too much chaos and sleep depravation - or who knows what. Having kids throws a serious hand grenade into a relationship and we don't easily (or quickly) recover from the shock or the changes that kids cause.

Sex all day and night is a young and single thing - once kids arrive it changes peoples heads in a big way. LOTS of re-adjustment required all round.
It will come good.
Might take time but it will come good...

Having a baby changes the dynamic dramatically and it can take a while to find yourselves as a couple again. Do you have any time for yourselves just the two of you? Can you get a babysitter and go out somewhere, no pressure to have sex but just spend time focussing on each other for one night? Have you spoken to him about it.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 14-Nov-13 07:50:30

Are you affectionate with each other still? Are you physically close... kissing, holding hands, cuddles etc.... or has all that gone together with the sex? It is normal for couples to find fewer opportunities to have sex after the arrival of a baby and the subsequent disruption, but most loving couples can still find ways to show they care about each other.

If he's not interested in you because you've gained 10lbs he's a very shallow man indeed. Rather than wondering what's going on, ask him a straight question.

mammadiggingdeep Thu 14-Nov-13 08:21:11

You're not alone. I experienced it. It was incredibly painful. I felt hideous and when I look back at pics of myself now with dd at 6 months I looked great!!! On her 1st birthday everyone was telling me how wonderful I looked- I felt like a day old troll because I hadn't been shown any affection in a year. It is not you, your weight or anything related to you. It's the change in the relationship. It is how he views you. Believe in yourself whatever happens and please don't think it is you.

mammadiggingdeep Thu 14-Nov-13 08:21:42

* fat old troll

NoisyNoraBackAgain Thu 14-Nov-13 08:56:35

Same here OP. sad. No advice I'm afraid.

NoisyNoraBackAgain Thu 14-Nov-13 08:59:06

But MiniMonty your post gives me hope!

Bumbolina Thu 14-Nov-13 09:05:49

Could he just be knackered? Neither of us wanted sex for ages because dd never slept and sex was far too energetic an activity for the down timegrin
We managed a week of sex and I'm now pregnant again... haven't had sex for 6 months... am due in a week. Neither if us can be bothered, but we make sure we kiss, cuddle, touch, and tell each other we love one another every day.

howaboutacuppa Thu 14-Nov-13 13:35:19

I don't think this is normal - sorry. Up to a few months there is a lot of adjustment to having a new baby, the new dynamic of your relationship etc. so I can see why sex would be thin on the ground, but a year of no sex signals problems I think. My DH and I certainly don't do it as often as we once would, but we try to make time for each other 1-2 times a week. Even once a month is still an intimate relationship and enough for some.

You say it is clear that he doesn't find you attractive anymore, but has he actually said this? It may very well be that he is simply overwhelmed with his new family set up and very tired! You should talk to him about it asap, otherwise you will be thinking about it all the time.

Granville72 Thu 14-Nov-13 13:51:23

No you're not alone.

It takes quite a while I think to adjust to being parents and maybe he see's you as his child's mummy than his partner now? Birth can be just as traumatic for the dads as for the mums.

Have you sat down and spoken to him?

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 14-Nov-13 13:55:26

" it is clear he does nt find me attractive anymore"

No-one is that tired or traumatised by birth... I'm sorry. In a healthy relationship there is always an opportunity to hold your partner close, push their unwashed hair off their prematurely wrinkled brow, look into their knackered eyes, ignore the whiff of baby-sick rising from their shoulder and say.... 'I love you'.

Surprised no-one has suggested cherchez la femme... Sudden withdrawal of affection. Not finding partner attractive. hmm

5madthings Thu 14-Nov-13 13:56:01

So your baby is 6mths old, but no sex for a yr, so since 6mths preg? No sex whilst rpeg is not unusual, some men and women dont like sex whilst preg. And a lack of sex with a 6mth old baby is fairly common.

It depends on the rest of your relationship and affection etc as cognito said.

Have you spoken to him about this?

Gemlove Thu 14-Nov-13 22:45:33

Hi everyone, wow, thank you so much for all the replies. It is helpful - no, I haven't spoken to him about it because 1) don't want to start a fight. And 2) because I don't want to force him into acting / behaving if the underlying feeling isn't there. But I am being dumb (and insecure), I should talk to him about it.

We do make time for each other - lots - and are both getting 7 hrs sleep these days usually because our daughter is wonderful and sleeps pretty well. We have no trouble getting babysitters, etc. this is why I think it must be me, or something psychological maybe about being a mum now? I even sense he is looking at me when I am getting dressed etc very critically - so he sees me but never ever says anything but something critical. He says he is my husband and he is being honest.... I just get my feelings hurt.

I have trouble imagining that he is having an affair but maybe that is so naive of me.

He is amazing with our daughter.

I don't know what to do - but I think the only answer is to talk to him about it...clearly... Just hard to do.

Gemlove Thu 14-Nov-13 22:50:25

Minimonty, thank you. I would be less worried if it was just about the sex, but there is not the same kind of affection anymore. Not sure how to describe it other than it feels like he just doesn't really like me too much anymore. Or maybe can't be bothered to make an effort?

Joysmum Thu 14-Nov-13 22:58:23

How about saying to him 'I love you so much and miss...' and see what he says. There's any number of reasons but the one thing everyone will agree on is that you need to ask him and take things from there.

beaglesaresweet Fri 15-Nov-13 00:48:38

I wonder, Op, did you jump into marriage and having kids? or did you know him for a hwile (sounds like you didn't). Maybe he was VERY keen on having children, and the relationship with a woman was kind of secondary, so once he got a child (and as you say he is amazing with her) he sort of is showing that that was his real motive. I hope not!

It could be, on the other hand, that he thinks you cooled down towards him - for example you say you had no sex for a year, but are you just waiting for him, or have you tried to initiate affection or sex? if you haven't ever initiated, he may well think you are not interested, and this may be a reason for him being critical (passive agressive kind of, while actually wanting attention).

CogitoErgoSometimes Fri 15-Nov-13 06:36:35

He criticises your appearance and excuses it because he's your husband and he's being honest!!!?? What a nasty, shitty arse of a man. You have got to start speaking up for yourself rather than treading on eggshells and taking insults to avoid a fight. How dare he look you up and down, your body having given birth to his child, and rip you to shreds. Any decent man would love every stretch mark.

Frankly, I'm appalled. There is nothing psychologically wrong with him. He's just a shallow and horrible person.

He sounds horrible. And not very interested in regaining any kind of intimacy, if he's so critical of you. You need to talk to him. Can't you have a conversation about your feelings and relationship without it turning into a fight?

He sounds nasty tbh, criticising your appearance especially wen you've just had a baby and are likely already feeling insecure. Has he always been like this?

*when

cantheyseeme Fri 15-Nov-13 07:09:39

He sounds awful, after having dd1 me and dp had never been as close, im very fortunate to be so secure in my relationship considering my own body issues. When me and dp met i was 14-16 im now a size 22 and he has never even looked at me funny, so for your DH to be so shallow about 10 POUNDS difference is shocking!

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