Having a baby changes everything: your body, your mental and emotional state, your daily routine, and your relationships. Sex is one of so many factors couples must reconsider during this complicated life change.

Some simple guidelines to help you figure out how soon it’s safe to return to regular intercourse might be a good start.

Your individual timeline for sex

Although the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says there is no set time for when a woman can start having sex after having a baby, there are several factors to consider.

Most doctors recommend women wait four to six weeks following vaginal delivery. But it’s a good idea to first get clearance from your practitioner, whom you’ll most likely be seeing for a postpartum appointment within six weeks after giving birth.

Post-delivery hormonal changes may make vaginal tissue thinner and more sensitive. Your vagina, uterus, and cervix have to return to normal size,