Pregnancy

Can I be Pregnant and Still Have a Period?

It is not possible to get periods once you are pregnant. In pregnancy, your body starts producing HCG which interrupts the menstrual period. However many women complain of bleeding during their pregnancy. After getting a positive confirmation test, they experience spot bleeding during their early pregnancy. This is called ‘non-menstrual bleeding’.

The following reasons can be considered for onset of non-menstrual bleeding during pregnancy:

Implantation Bleeding
When the implantation (adherence of the fertilized egg to the wall of the uterus) takes place, a little bleeding (unlike normal menstrual bleeding) may be seen in some women. This bleeding tends to be pink, brownish or very light in color. This may last for a day. It occurs a few days before the period due date. So it can be confused with a light menstrual period.

Hormonal Bleeding
Some women have bleeding similar to their periods throughout the first few months. This is also called ‘Decidual Bleeding’. This may be caused due to the hormonal imbalance in pregnant women.

Ectopic Pregnancy
When a fertilized egg implants outside the womb, it is termed an ‘Ectopic Pregnancy’. In Ectopic Pregnancy, the development of a fertilized egg takes place usually inside the fallopian tube. In this case bleeding occurs accompanied by severe pain in one side of the lower abdomen along with pain in the shoulder, fainting, collapse or sickness. This kind of complication must be dealt with immediately by a doctor.

Early Miscarriage
Some pregnancies end in miscarriage in their early development. This can also result in period-like bleeding. Miscarriage may include heavy bleeding or clotted bleeding more intense than a usual period. Severe abdominal cramps are also common.

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