Bleeding After Sex During Pregnancy

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: February 21, 2015

CONTRIBUTOR

Kelly Winder is the creator of BellyBelly.com.au, 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.


2 comments

  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

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