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Q&A: Spotting and Miscarriage

Q. Help! I spotted a little blood after my husband and I made love last night, and now I'm terrified that I'm having a miscarriage.

A. If it was just a little blood and you have no cramping, there's no cause for concern. It's common for pregnant women to spot after intercourse in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters. The increased blood supply to the cervix and vaginal walls means that congested blood vessels are more likely to break during intercourse, especially at the tip of the cervix, where they come in contact with a man's penis during penetration. Now that you're in your 2nd trimester, it might be time to try out some new positions that allow you to control the depth of your partner's penetration, like woman-on-top or side-by-side, to prevent this from happening.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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