After a passionate love-making session with your partner, it can be frightening to discover you are spotting or bleeding after sex while pregnant.
Firstly, don’t panic – it's highly unlikely for sexual intercourse to 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 beat yourself up thinking that you’ve hurt your baby. The blood is highly likely from your own body.
It's also very unlikely for sex to result in miscarriage, unless you have a specific medical condition and your midwife or doctor has warned you not to have sex for this very reason.
If you have a history of miscarriage, your midwife or doctor may have advised you to hold off with intercourse during the first trimester, just to be safe.
What Causes Bleeding After Sex During Pregnancy?
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 particularly vigourous sex, 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.
BellyBelly recommends Lariese Evolve Personal Organic Lubricant, which is the best selling organic personal lubricant in Australia (they ship internationally). It's designed to match the slightly acidic pH level of the vagina, and leaves no icky sticky residue.
Avoid non-water based lubricants such as those with glycerine, because glycerine can increase your chances of vaginal thrush, which is already a higher risk while you’re pregnant.
Should I Tell My Doctor If I Noticed 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.
More Information On Bleeding In Pregnancy
If you’d like more information about bleeding during pregnancy, check out our article here.