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What Should I Do If I Spot During Pregnancy?

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Spotting during pregnancy is something no expecting mom wants to see. But what should you do if you see spotting after you have sex with your partner? Many moms-to-be may wonder if their baby is hurt, if they are having a miscarriage and can they still have sex while spotting.

While it may be nerve-wrecking, bleeding during pregnancy is common. About 15-25 percent of women report vaginal bleeding during their pregnancy, especially early on. The cause of bleeding can depend on what trimester you are in, and many reasons are harmless.

If you notice spotting after you have sex, it may be because your cervix is sensitive and bleeds when it is bumped. Some women also experience bleeding in the early stages of their pregnancy due to the increase of pregnancy hormones. These hormones cause progesterone levels to rise, which can make your blood vessels become enlarged. If one of these enlarged vessels is hit during intercourse, you may experience some bleeding or spotting. Rest assure that in both cases, this will not cause any harm to your baby, and if it is comfortable for you, you can continue to have sex. You can try switching up your positions to help resolve the issues.

When you are in the last month of your pregnancy, you may notice spotting again because your cervix is starting to soften and dilate. Again, it is normal occurrence, and if it is comfortable for you, you can continue to have sex while spotting. However, if you are not at least 37 weeks pregnant, you may be spotting because you are at risk of preterm labor, and you should contact your OB. Sex is not recommended if your cervix is starting to soften and dilate early because it may cause preterm labor.

If you do find yourself bleeding, avoid tampons and stick to pads or pantyliners. This will help you keep track of how much and how often you are bleeding and the color. Continue to consult your OB when you notice spotting or bleeding. They will be able to examine you and make sure you and your baby are healthy and safe.

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