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.

Last Updated: July 21, 2015


Kelly Winder is the creator of, a doula, writer and mother to three awesome children. Currently, she's travelling the world for 12 months with her partner and children, and hopes to inspire more families to do the same. Visit for more information.


  1. I went to the doctor and found out I was pregnant on March 16, he scheduled me to get my first ultrasound done in two weeks being the 30th and to write down any time I had sex or bleeding or pain till then. I did as he asked and did fine until after a few days of not having sex when we did the first time I had a little blood when I wiped then it stopped. The next time a few hours later no bleeding. Then the next day I had started bleeding again and so on for the next few days with bright red blood but only when I wiped and would hardly ever have enough that it would get on a pad. (BTW I have not been having sex since that day) I started having extremely tiny clots/stringy bits coming out and still bright red blood every now and again which concerns me. I had 3 previous miscarriages but this is completely different?. Is this “normal”?. I had to change my app to April 6th so I’m trying to get advice whether or not I should go to the ER or wait it out?.

  2. W/ your high risk of misscarriage, I would ask you to see medical attention just to be on a safe side. You may need to call you Ob Gyn office first. Sometime they are able to make an arrangement with your hospital ER dept so you are seen as soon as you get there to avoid long waiting time. Congratulation and Wishing you all the best.
    Take care

  3. I am weeks and I just had sex this is my first baby and i went and use bathroom and didnt see blood but when i whipt i saw it is that normal

  4. I had sex with my partner and I started to bleed we notices ofter we finished and it was just that the next day I bleed a blood clot and no blood should i de concern I did call my doctor and let them know since I did have a miscarriage two years ago

  5. I just found out that im pregnant i have my first sonogram In 2 days, me and my boyfriend had sex i noticed i was bleeding light pink just for a minute then stopped. I have had cyst before maybe a year ago that i had to go to the doctor for to give me medicine for it to go away. im very concerned and wondering if i should go to the hospital or wait for 2 days for my sono? I know that cyst can cause a miscarriage im wondering if me having sex while pregnant will make them come back.. ?

  6. i’m going on 11 weeks pregnant, my boyfriend and i had sex a couple of hours ago, i went to go pee and there was blood is that normal?

  7. I found out on Wednesday that I was pregnant when taking a clear blue test. It came up saying I was 1-2 weeks. I was shock since I had a miscarriage in February. I’ve just had sex with my partner and he noticed I was bleeding. I wiped myself and it was a pink colour. As you can tell I’m very worried and anxious as I want this pregnancy to go fine but I can’t help but worry. Is this something to worry about or shall I call a doctor to get seen to? I would really appreciate it if someone could give me advice. Hopefully I won’t have any bad bleeding to make me panic even more. Thank you x

  8. I had intercourse and I went to the restroom and I seen a peachy colored film on my toilet paper is this normal? I’m scared and I want to go to the doctor…. what should I do?

  9. Im 13 weeks today I had intercourse with my partner tonite and after i went to the bathroom and there was blood but wen i passes urnie and wiped there was nothing but ive got pain on my pelvis

    What shall i do ???

  10. My Partner is 9 weeks pregnant. …
    We have just had sex and straight after we noticed that she had bled! More than spotting!

    Earlier on today
    We went to the epu for an internal scan and everything was absolutely fine.. heart beat etc etc…
    But we’re both on pins now and really worried!!
    please tell us what we should do!

    Thank you
    David x

    1. David, if you’re both worried, definitely make an appointment with her doctor or midwife, even for peace of mind. The doctor/midwife will let you know if you need to abstain or not, but otherwise, know that the baby is well protected behind the cervix in a healthy pregnancy. Just take it easy until you see the doctor.

  11. Earlier today I had sex With my partner after we finished I noticed that I was bleeding .I was so scared bcos I had miscarriage last July I went straight to the doctor he told me is normal daring first trimester but the blood stopped after wards.still worried advice me ladies
    Thank you

  12. I am Sex week preagnanct , I saw bleeding after sex. It was shocking to me
    But after I read your explanation
    I got relief and stop making sex to be safe from any problem

    Thanks !

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *