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


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.

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