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how is it possible to be pregnant even though you get your period?

By Anonymous April 30, 2009 - 10:22am
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I keep hearing that it is still possible to be pregnant even though a woman may still get her period. Would the period be lighter? How is it possible?

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Hi anon,
I am wondering where you heard this information? Did you have a friend who experienced bleeding while pregnant? Was there a miscarriage involved?

As Tina said, a pregnancy does not include bleeding (as heavy as a period, some spotting might be OK, but still needs to be checked by the doctor). If you have a friend who is pregnant and is bleeding as though she has her period, she needs to call her OB/GYN.

April 30, 2009 - 2:29pm

Tracey Telles, obstetrician and fertility specialist with babycenter.com says you cannot get your period when pregnant. At that time, your body starts producing the hormone known as chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). A woman may experience some bleeding or spotting during her pregnancy that can seem like a period, however.

Some women may experience what’s known as implantation bleeding or spotting -- a slight staining of a pink or brown color on average 8-10 days after ovulation.

For more information, you may want to check out EmpowHer.com's pregnancy section.

April 30, 2009 - 10:45am
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