Do You Get Your Period During Pregnancy?

Although for years and years people have said this can be a possibility. Think about it logically, it's not scientifically true nor possible. It is true you can experience light bleeding/spotting but this is not your "period". 

Is It Your Time of the Month?

As a woman you will be well aware of the phrase "time of the month". If you're a male, you may also be aware of this phrase, the time of the month you just nod and agree to everything your partner says. Anything for an easy life some may say. 

As your period begins, you will experience light bleeding and during the cycle this will become heavier and a darker shade of red. Towards the end of your cycle you may notice your flow will reduce and become a lighter colour again. 

There is a chance that you will get some bleeding during pregnancy but you must remember that this is not your period. It can be put down to many reasons and we will have a look into just a few of these below. 

Why Am I Bleeding in Early Pregnancy?

There are a few reasons why you may experience bleeding in the first half of your pregnancy. You wouldn't be human if you didn't worry about these things so if you have any worries, contact your healthcare provider, even if it's just to put your mind at rest. 

Miscarriage  

A miscarriage is the pregnancy coming to and end before the 24th week. There are many reasons why a miscarriage can occur. You will experience a significant amount of bleeding and cramping. The cramping imitates contractions in order for the contents of the uterus to be expelled. This is usually a straightforward process carried out by your body on it's own. 

Eptopic Pregnancy

An eptopic pregnancy is when the fertilised egg implants outside of the womb. An eptopic pregnancy can't progress as the egg can't develop outside of the womb. As the pregnancy can't progress, the egg has to be removed, done by either medication or an operation. 

Implantation 

Spotting is normal at the beginning of the pregnancy and can often be a symptom of pregnancy for many women. You may experience light bleeding during the implantation of the embryo to the wall of your womb. This is very normal and it's usually anything to worry about. 

Pain

Why Am I Bleeding in Later Pregnancy?

Bleeding is less common during the second half of the pregnancy and can often be a sign to show something is not okay. You should always get checked out if you experience any bleeding during the second half of your pregnancy. Below are a few reasons as to why you may experience bleeding during this time. 

Placenta Praevia

This is used to describe the placenta being attached in the lower part of the womb and can often be covering the cervix. The bleeding can be quite heavy during this and you will have to get treatment right away which can often end in you having to have a caesarean section

The "Show"

There is a "plug" of mucus which has been sat in the cervix during pregnancy and when this comes away, you will have a show. This will happen prior to labour and can often be a sign you're moments away from beginning your labour process, which can often be a lengthy process for many.

Is It Normal to Bleed During Pregnancy?

There can be many reasons as to why you can experience some bleeding and often it can send you into a panic. Remain calm and contact your healthcare provider and they may ask you to be seen by a doctor or midwife. 

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