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early and longer menstrual bleeding

By April 21, 2010 - 6:16am
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I am trying to conceive and I have got my periods very early (on the19th day). My periods' cycle is usually 26 days.

For the first 3 days bleeding was very less and brown in color. On the 2nd and 3rd day of my period i was travelling in bus continuously and starting from the 4th day bleeding began to be more. It did not stop and on 8th day I consulted the doctor. I was suggested tablet Trapic to stop the bleeding and I was advised for a scan of my abdomen. Scan report was normal. After 4 days of medication bleeding has stopped yesterday.

Actually i was suspecting that it could be implantation bleeding in the beginning. But as the scan report revealed nothing I am confused what could be the reason for such an abnormal bleeding. The doctor suspects it could be due to stress and travel..
Could you please let me know if you have answers for it??

I'm also scared if the same thing would happen in my next cycle also...

Thank you..

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Thank you Diane. The information is of lot of help to me...

May 26, 2010 - 6:24am


So glad you got your period back to normal. I know that's a relief.

Exercise during pregnancy is usually good for both you and the baby! Here are the guidelines set out by the American Pregnancy Association:

--If you have been following a regular exercise program prior to your pregnancy, you should be able to maintain that program to some degree throughout your pregnancy. Exercise does not increase your risk for miscarriage.

--If you are just starting an exercise program as a way of improving your health during your pregnancy, you should start very slowly and be careful not to over exert yourself.

--Listen to your body. Your body will naturally give you signals that it is time to reduce the level of exercise you are performing.

--Never exercise to the point of exhaustion or breathlessness. This is a sign that your baby and your body cannot get the oxygen supply they need.

--Wear comfortable exercise footwear that gives strong ankle and arch support.

--Take frequent breaks, and drink plenty of fluids during exercise.

--Avoid exercise in extremely hot weather.

--Avoid rocky terrain or unstable ground when running or cycling. Your joints are more lax in pregnancy, and ankle sprains and other injuries may occur.

--Contact sports should be avoided during pregnancy.

--Weight training should emphasize improving tone, especially in the upper body and abdominal area. Avoid lifting weights above your head and using weights that strain the lower back muscles.

--During the second and third trimesters, avoid exercise that involves lying flat on your back as this decreases blood flow to your womb.

Does that help? Here's the website:


Include relaxation and stretching before and after your exercise program.

Eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates.

May 18, 2010 - 9:11am

Hi Empower

You don't mention your age, but it could be relevant here. Is there a reason you do not agree with your doctor's thoughts on stress? Stress can do strange things to a menstrual cycle.

We get many questions on menstrual cycles, so looking at those conversations might help you: http://www.empowher.com/condition/menstrual-cycle

The kind of cycle you are speaking of is not uncommon, especially if you are in your thirties. Stress could definitely be the cause, but it can be hard to say exactly what the source is if it only happens one time. If you see a pattern of unusual periods for you, then you may want to talk to your doctor about testing hormone levels and that sort of thing. That can be done with a blood draw.

The best thing you can do is try and keep your stress levels as low as possible, possibly with yoga or other exercise, eat and drink healthily, get plenty of rest, and keep in contact with your doctor if you continue to have problems.

If you want to discuss this further, please write again with your age and other detail. Good luck to you.

April 21, 2010 - 6:55am
(reply to Cary Cook BSN RN)

Hi Ma'am,

I am 25 years old. Other than travel I could not find any other reason. I was not stressed out also. But here summer is very hot and I was very tired for the past 2 weeks and this is the other reason I could add up. Moreover I happened to visit many restaurants and had to hang up eating chicken and spicy stuffs.. These are some of the things I did in the last 15 days..

April 22, 2010 - 2:02am
(reply to empower)


Fatigue, travel and changes in your diet and exercise are enough to change a menstrual cycle in the way you describe. Our hormones are tricky little things and if they get a little out of balance in any given month, we might have our period early, late or even not at all.

I would wait and see what your cycle next month is like. Most likely it will return to normal. But if you have another cycle where the bleeding doesn't stop, you should definitely see your doctor about it so she or he can rule out other causes.

April 27, 2010 - 9:09am
(reply to Diane Porter)

Hi Diane,

I have got my periods in the correct cycle with normal bleeding..
Now i understand that heavy bleeding in my last cycle could be mainly due to travel and change in food habits..

I have another question. Please answer it.
Are exercises like jogging, skipping, playing badminton allowed during the initial weeks of pregnancy??

May 17, 2010 - 1:44am
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