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Jessica Simpson is not your average new mom. And I'm not talking about the mom-and-baby magazine cover photos or the TMI on television talk shows during pregnancy ("I feel like I have a bowling ball sitting on my hoohah!" and "The Big O is, like, the biggest O ever!")
I'm talking about this nugget she recently shared with People, according to Hollywood Life: "I've kind of broken one rule. I think I have the sexiest man in the world. So that's the rule I break." Translation: Jessica, mom to 3-week-old cutie Maxwell, is already having sex with her fiancé Eric Johnson.
Let's pretend that having sex isn't the absolute last thing on a new mom's mind after birthing a baby. (Just humor me.) Instead, look at the reason doctors tell you to hold off for 4 to 6 weeks. Post-birth, moms need to allow their uterine lining and incision to heal and their cervix to close so as not to cause an infection or burst the incision (if you've have a c-section like Jess did). While it's true that "the chances of a problem occurring, like bleeding or infection, are small after about two weeks following birth," according to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists -- would you really want to take that risk?
And, even if you did, is it really humanly possible to feel up for it? As a mother of two, I can share that I was in no way interested in having sex with my husband 3 weeks postpartum: I was utterly exhausted, sweaty as all get out, mood-swingy, my boobs leaked, my lady bits hurt like a mother and I was totally scared.
Do Jessica's Simpson's boobs not ache? (We know she's breastfeeding.) Is she getting as much sleep as ever? Tons of help and support? I would think that she's flat-out lying except for the proof of another frisky celeb new mama Tori Spelling -- who accidentally got pregnant with baby number four when her third was only a month old.
I guess things are just different in real life -- where weary new moms need those weeks to recoup, repair and revise their expectations of sex. Because, while sex is not different forever, it certainly is those first few times you do it after birth. I think it's great that Jessica Simpson's sex drive is as unstoppable as it was during pregnancy. I just hope other new mamas don't feel like they need to be ready to hop back in the sack so soon -- I know I wasn't.