Bleeding After Sex During Pregnancy



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Bleeding After Sex During Pregnancy

After a passionate, connected love making session with your partner, there can be nothing as unnerving as finding out that you have spotting or bleeding after sex – while you’re pregnant.

Firstly, don’t panic. The baby is well protected in your uterus (which is sitting safely above your vagina), and sex is not going to hurt your baby. A mucus plug seals the cervix and your baby is surrounded by 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?

It is very unlikely that sex will result in you miscarrying while pregnant. If you have a history of miscarriage, I am sure your doctor has advised you to hold off with intercourse for the first trimester.


Why Did I Bleed After Having Sex?

The reason spotting or light blood loss can occur after sex is due to increased blood supply. Little blood vessels around the softened cervix rupture, which are in more plentiful supply during pregnancy.

If you’ve had vigourous or rougher sex than usual, maybe drop things down a notch and see how that goes next time. But of course, this isn’t a guaranteed way to prevent any spotting.

What Should I Do 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 too. 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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