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Hi Sandy and Marcie, According to my doctor I got pregnant too soon after my first baby was born (when he was 5 months). He said I have a high risk of a miscarriage, (that’s because I had a hemorrhage after 2 weeks of giving birth.) and he thinks my uterus might not hold the baby long. Someone advised me not to have sex regularly because I would run even a higher risk. Now I’m concerned every time this happens. Is this true?”
You don’t need to worry about sex making you go into premature labor or causing a miscarriage. Miscarriages and stillbirths are most often caused by genetic factors or a maternal infection. While sex can set off Braxton-Hicks, or “practice” contractions, these don’t lead to miscarriage labor (unless these things were about to happen anyway).
It is true, though, that studies have shown that women who become pregnant in the first six months after giving birth do have a higher-than-average risk of giving birth to small or premature infants. This is probably because birth takes a lot of fluid and nutrients from you, and they take about a year to get restored back to normal. It’s important that you get excellent nutrition, with plenty of extra calories, calcium, iron and B-vitamins, that you get enough rest and fluids keep your daily stress level low.