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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."

Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has given birth to her first child, a baby boy. The actress who is married to Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, went into labor in the early hours of Monday morning, Buckingham Palace has announced. She is a week past her due date, which was previously announced as April 28.

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US soldier

A U.S. Army soldier took 10 flights in 2 days to get home in time to attend his daughter's birth in Monterey, California.

U.S. Army Combat Engineer Francois Clerfe made it to the hospital in time to join his wife, Natalia Svistunova, at the hospital before she gave birth to their daughter on New Year's Day.

Clerfe said he flew nearly 10,000 miles from his deployment in Iraq to L.A. -- that's 10 flights over 2 days. “Kuwait, to Turkey, to Turkey to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to Baltimore, Baltimore to Atlanta,” he said, before catching the final 3 legs of his trip to Monterey.

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We need out mama

I'm still choked up after watching this video of a little boy pleading with his pregnant mommy to come home. His mommy is in the hospital preparing to give birth to the boy's sister. But all he wants is for his mommy to come home.

"We need you!" the child tells his mommy. "We need our mama. We need you stay alive and we don't want nothing to happen to you," he says.

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Beyonce, who is allegedly pregnant with twins, is reportedly hospitalized at UCLA hospital in Los Angeles. A convoy of black Cadillac Escalades were spotted leaving Beyonce and Jay Z's home heading to the hospital on Tuesday, June 13.

The news led to fan and media speculation that she was in labor.

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Obama Motorcade Traps Woman in Labor

A pregnant woman went into labor on a bus bench directly across the street from Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles today, LA affiliate NBC4 reports. The woman was prevented from crossing the street because it was closed to make way for President Obama's motorcade.

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Rapper Future

When the news broke that songbird Ciara finally gave birth to her first baby and rapper Future's 4th child on Monday many wondered if Future was present when Ciara gave birth. It turns out Future was nowhere near the delivery room when Ciara gave birth to little Future Zahir Wilburn on May 19.

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Tamar Braxton

Pregnant reality star and singer Tamar Braxton is considering allowing a reality TV camera inside the labor room when she delivers her newborn son for an upcoming episode of 'Tamar and Vince'.

Braxton confirmed reports that she underwent in vitro fertilization after numerous failed attempts by her and husband Vince Herbert to get pregnant.

In an interview with Hip Hollywood, Braxton said, “I think we’re going to let them in as much as we can. You don’t want to bring your viewer all the way to the point where you went through In vitro, then it didn’t happen like that and it happened naturally. I just think it’s a story to tell and not to tell the whole story is kind of unfair. But you won’t be looking in my purse! My purse is off limits. I don’t even wanna see inside my purse!”

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This is great news for women who have been unable to conceive babies. A new technique to remove slices of ovary, freeze it and transplant it back into women years later may put an end to infertility and the miserable symptoms of menopause.

28 babies have been born worldwide to formerly infertile patients who either had their own ovarian tissue transplanted or they received ovarian transplants from a twin sister.

Most of the children were conceived naturally without the need for IVF or drugs, according to UK's Daily Telegraph.

Women who are past their child bearing years will also be able to conceive naturally well into their 80s.

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Pseudocyesis, also known as false pregnancy or hysterical pregnancy, is a rare psychological condition in which a woman displays signs and symptoms of a real pregnancy even though she is not pregnant. The average age of women with pseudocyesis is 33.

To be diagnosed as true pseudocyesis, the woman must actually believe that she is pregnant. When a woman's pseudocyesis is found to be caused by underlying psychological problems, she should be referred to a psychologist or a therapist.

The symptoms of pseudocyesis, or false pregnancy, are similar to the symptoms of true pregnancy and are difficult to distinguish from real pregnancy, even by trained physicians because of false-positive pregnancy tests.

The most common sign of false pregnancy is abdominal distention or a bloated belly that is much larger than expected. The woman's abdomen (tummy) expands as a normal pregnant woman's would, but at a more rapid rate than a normal pregnancy.

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