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Bleeding After Sex During Pregnancy
After a passionate, connected love making session with your partner, it can be frightening to find out that you are spotting or bleeding after sex, especially while pregnant.
Firstly, don’t panic – its highly unlikely that sexual intercourse will disturb or harm your baby. Your baby is very well protected in your uterus, which is sitting safely above your vagina. A thick, protective mucus plug seals the cervix and your baby is surrounded by the warm, amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac. So don’t be mistaken thinking that you’ve hurt your baby.
Can Sex During Pregnancy Cause A Miscarriage?
Its very unlikely that sex will result in miscarrying your baby. If you have a history of miscarriage, your doctor may have advised you to hold off with intercourse during the first trimester, just to be safe.
Why Did I Bleed After Having Sex?
The reason spotting or light blood loss can occur after sexual activity is due to increased blood supply in your pelvic region. Little blood vessels are in plentiful supply during pregnancy, including around your softened cervix. Sometimes, having sex can rupture some of the tiny vessels, causing the spotting or streaking.
If you’ve had more vigourous rough sex than usual, you may want to drop things down a notch, and see how it goes next time. But of course, this isn’t a guaranteed way to prevent any spotting.
Make sure you use a water-based lubricant if you need it, to reduce friction and discomfort. Coconut oil is an ideal lubricant – not only is it natural and free of irritants and preservatives, but it contains many great health properties, being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Choose organic, extra virgin coconut oil for optimal benefits. Avoid lubricants with glycerine as this can increase your chances of thrush, which is already a higher risk while you’re pregnant.
Should I Tell My Doctor If I Had Bleeding After Sex?
Any blood loss should be mentioned to your doctor or midwife, just to be on the safe side. It’s absolutely worth your own peace of mind. Enjoy!
More Information On Bleeding In Pregnancy
If you’d like to read more, check out our article bleeding during pregnancy.
Kelly Winder is a birth attendant (aka doula), the creator of BellyBelly and mum to three beautiful children. Follow Kelly on Google+ and become a fan of BellyBelly on Facebook. BellyBelly is also on Twitter. Please note that all of my suggestions and advice are of a generalised nature only and are not intended to replace advice from a qualified professional. BellyBelly.com.au – The Thinking Woman’s Website For Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Baby.
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