I have seen and heard of situations whereby pregnant women get “periods” for a few months and never know they are pregnant until they get tested. Others know they are pregnant, but still get these “periods” and are often scared, as periods should not be got if conception has truly happened. It is usually confusing and scary, but most of the time it’s not a big deal.

    Now first things first, you CANNOT get a period while pregnant. You absolutely can’t. Why? Maybe we should go over our definition of a menstrual period. A menstrual period refers to a discharge of blood from the uterus occurring monthly in non-pregnant women. See? Emphasis on NON-PREGNANT! Each month, your uterus grows a thick blood-rich lining in preparation for an egg to embed there. If you don’t get pregnant that month, you shed this tissue and blood – that’s your menstrual period.

    So now I’m sure you’re wondering what the bleeding during pregnancy is all about. Bleeding occurs during pregnancy for various reasons, some serious and some not. Some women have light bleeding or spotting in the week before their period is due and they may mistake that for a period. It’s generally a lot lighter than a typical period and lasts just a day or two. This spotting is called implantation bleeding, because of the idea that it might be caused by the fertilized egg burrowing into the blood-rich lining of the uterus.

    Bleeding can also be a sign of something seriously wrong, such as an infection, placental problems, miscarriage, or an ectopic pregnancy, which can be life-threatening. If you notice a lit or a lot of blood while pregnant, please call your doctor even if it stops, in case it’s something serious. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Also, it should be noted that most women who experience bleeding still go ahead to deliver healthy babies. Bleeding during pregnancy is not always a cause for concern but as earlier stated, it is better to check first with your doctor.

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