Question: Is It Possible to Have a Period During Pregnancy?
Answer: The short answer is no. It is not possible to have a true menstrual period during pregnancy. Your hormone levels during pregnancy will change to prevent you from menstruating, and it is not possible for your body to shed its entire uterine lining while maintaining a pregnancy.
It is, however, possible to have menstrual-like bleeding for a variety of reasons during pregnancy. Women who report having periods during an otherwise normal pregnancy are usually experiencing a phenomenon that is sometimes called decidual bleeding, in which a small part of the uterine lining might shed for the first few months of early pregnancy at the time that the woman would otherwise have had her period. Decidual bleeding is not a true menstrual period, but it can look similar enough to cause women experiencing it to not realize that they are pregnant until fairly far along in the pregnancy.
Another possible explanation for having bleeding that looks like a period in very early pregnancy is implantation bleeding, which is spotting that may occur around the time of the first "missed" menstrual period. Implantation bleeding would occur only during the first month of pregnancy, however.
Note, however, that bleeding during pregnancy should always be reported to a doctor in order to rule out miscarriage or other complications. Decidual bleeding does occur in some women but is fairly rare. Implantation bleeding usually lasts only a day or two. So seeing a doctor is your best bet for ruling out miscarriage and figuring out the reason for your bleeding during pregnancy.
Note that "decidual bleeding" is not a common medical term; your doctor may simply refer to this bleeding as "first-trimester bleeding."
This article says it's rare, right? Well on another site there are LOADS of replies mentioning they had it, or their friend/sister/mother/grandmother or they themselves had it.
Hi, i was looking at this stuff too on the net yesterday. I've heard of it happening to people. I was only looking as i came on af on tuesday and was clutching at straws that maybe maybe maybe i could still be preg. It's really interesting though and makes you think!
I think the term "period/menstruation" is what the biggest debate is about. Im no doctor but IMO, women can appear to have what resembles a period during pregnancy but i dont think its exactly that as by definition of a "period/menstruation".
That being said..those who say you cant have what is resembled a period while being pregnant is defiantly wrong. tho it is relatively uncommon, it certainly is possible.
My mum says that she had periods for the whole time she was pregnant with me! Now it may not have been her entire womb lining that she was shedding, but it was certainly enough of it for her to think it was her period
And it didn't stop after the first trimester, or even the second - it was all the way through.......which means that even when my period starts, there's still a bit of me wondering ' i wonder if it runs in families....'
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