Many people think that no pregnant woman has a menstrual period, but can you still have your period and be pregnant? If you think you might be pregnant, but are menstruating, this is a question you want the answer to. Bleeding is often alarming when you know you are pregnant and there are times when bleeding does signal something serious happening. Knowing when you need to worry is important. You also want to understand general menstruation and what happens to your cycle when you are pregnant.
Menstruation and How Pregnancy Affects It
When you are not pregnant and menstruating, your uterus develops a lining that is rich in blood. It is preparing for an egg to imbed itself in the tissue. When an egg does not implant, this tissue gets shed and this is what results in your menstrual period.
Now, once an egg does implant in this tissue, your hormones will tell this lining to stay where it is and because of this, you do not have a menstrual period. This lining will not shed again until your pregnancy ends and the lining starts to shed on a monthly basis.
Due to how your menstrual period works, you can see that you cannot have an actual menstrual period during your pregnancy. This is not possible due to your uterine lining needing to be in place for the egg that becomes the fetus to have a place to implant and grow.
Bleeding During Pregnancy
Some women spot during their pregnancy and this is not necessarily dangerous. It is also important to note that this is not your menstrual period. However, if you notice bleeding during pregnancy, no matter how light, you want to contact your doctor to be evaluated. This is because certain causes of bleeding are very serious and it might indicate issues like miscarriage, infection, a problem with your placenta or an ectopic pregnancy. Only a doctor can determine the cause and provide the necessary treatment if needed.
Can you still have your period and be pregnant? You now have the answer to this question and know that if you experience bleeding, it is a good idea to give your doctor a call or go to the emergency room. It is not possible to determine if the bleeding is serious or not until you are evaluated by a doctor.