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Menstruation and Pregnancy: All you need to know

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Can you be pregnant and have a period?

The short answer is no. People might tell you otherwise, or claim certain things. But, it isn’t possible to have your periods while being pregnant.

If you’re experiencing heavy bleeding while you’re pregnant, you might be having an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg doesn’t implant itself to the uterus, rather it attaches somewhere else. Fertilized eggs cannot survive anywhere outside the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy causes a lot of bleeding and is a medical emergency. In almost all cases of ectopic pregnancies, women have had to remove the fertilized egg either through medications or surgeries in advanced cases.

What is the Cycle of Menstruation and Pregnancy?

Most women have a 28-day menstrual cycle. That means you have about 6 days each month when you can get pregnant. That includes the day that one of your ovaries releases an egg, called ovulation, and the 5 days before. Having sex within that window is key.

A woman is most fertile during her ovulation days. You should ideally be at work during these few days.

Most women have a 28-day menstrual cycle. There are period trackers and calculators available online to check when your ovulation days are. You just need to put in the days of your periods and it’ll do the job for you.

If you’re a math geek, here’s how to do it:

  • First calculate the length of your menstrual cycle. Count the days from the first day of your last period to the first day of your next period.
  • From this, subtract 14 days from the end of your current cycle. This is the tentative date of your ovulation.

What are menstruation during pregnancy symptoms?

Period and pregnancy symptoms don’t really overlap at all. So, if you’ve noticed blood, here’s what it might be.

You might be experiencing a small amount of bleeding or spotting. This happens when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus. It is called implantation bleeding in medical terms. The spotting is usually pink or dark brown in color. You experience implantation bleeding only during the beginning of your first trimester or the beginning of your pregnancy. And this usually happens around the time you get your period. It’s really just a jump scare for women who want to conceive.

If you found your pregnancy test results to be positive, but are now bleeding heavily; enough to fill a pad or a tampon, see a doctor immediately. It might be a miscarriage.

Why does your period stop when you are pregnant?

You don’t get your periods when you are pregnant because your body stops shedding the uterine lining. This lining during normal times, is shed and comes out of the vagina in the form of blood and uterine tissues.

When a baby is on its way, the tissues keep clinging to the wall of the uterus, on top of each other as the egg grows more and more to resemble a little human. When the baby is delivered, this uterine lining is released by the body in the form of postpartum bleeding.

So, will periods come during pregnancy? Not a chance if things are good!

If you still have any questions related periods, pregnancy, conceiving or anything in between, comment below!

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