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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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