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If you hop on the pony immediately after giving birth, you may not be waiting long enough.

One doctor says new moms don't give their bodies enough time to recover before having sex after childbirth.

Wisconsin-based OB-GYN Dr. Sara Swift tells PEOPLE the "general rule" for waiting to have sex after childbirth "is six weeks or until your provider has cleared you."

This should be common sense, but some moms are hopping back in the saddle too quickly after giving birth. As a result, they develop infections that land them back in the hospital and away from their newborns.

Dr. Swift tells PEOPLE of the timeline she would normally recommend, saying that "applies to both cesarean [section] and vaginal [delivery]."

Some couples are eager to get busy after the baby is born, but Dr. Swift says six weeks is necessary to give the body enough time to heal from what she describes as "a big raw wound".

"Mainly because where your placenta was is a big raw spot (think big wound), which can be a great place for an infection. That, combined with a dilated cervix, is a perfect setup for an infection."

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The story about the new mom in China who flushed her newborn son down the toilet because she didn't want him has taken a dramatic turn.

Neighbors called authorities after hearing a baby's faint cries in the plumbing above them. Rescue workers arrived and uses blow torches to cut through the L-shaped sewage pipe to reach the baby. The newborn, still encased in the sewage pipe, was rushed to a hospital where doctors and nurses used pliers to break open the pipe and extract the crying baby.

The infants eyes, nose and mouth was filled with sewage material.

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The state of Kansas sued Marotta for child support of the now 3-year-old girl after Schreiner filed for state assistance.

Marotta told The Topeka Capital-Journal newspaper he's "a little scared about where this is going to go, primarily for financial reasons."

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