Is It Normal To Have Periods Despite Being Pregnant?

One of the perks of being pregnant is that no one would find it weird to eat chips dipped in hot sauce, right?

Technically yes. You certainly don’t menstruate every month (in other words, blood and tissue are shed from your womb), but that doesn’t mean your trips to the bathroom will always be bloodless.

So, what if you experience something resembling a period while pregnant? First: Some bleeding during pregnancy is pretty common, but it can be dangerous. Here’s what you need to know about bleeding while pregnant.

Is Some Bleeding Normal When Pregnant?

It certainly can happen, says Joanne Stone, director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mount Sinai Health Center in New York City. “Spotting occurs in about 30 percent of pregnancies during the first trimester,” she says. While you should always check with your doctor if you notice blood, just to be safe, the detection is usually no cause for concern, she says.

It certainly can happen, says Joanne Stone, Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine at the Health Center. “Spotting occurs in about 30 percent of pregnancies during the first trimester,” she says. While you should always check with your doctor if you notice blood, just to be safe, the detection is usually no cause for concern, she says.

Spotting can happen at any time, but typically after sex or around the third to fourth week of pregnancy.

“Some people bleed during their period during a few weeks,” Stone says. “This is usually due to implantation and is just a coincidence.”

But keep in mind, there’s a big difference between spotting and a full time. This is because you need the blood your body normally retains to nourish the embryo or fetus.

When Should I Worry About Bleeding While Pregnant?

If you know you’re pregnant and have enough blood to fill a pad, you should contact your doctor, says Nicole Bullock. “In the first trimester, we’re worried about miscarriage with heavy bleeding for about 20 weeks or so,” she says.

But miscarriage isn’t the only explanation: Persistent bleeding can also mean that the placenta has reduced in the cervix. Even though you have a perfectly normal and safe pregnancy with a low lying placenta (placenta previa), your doctor will likely ask you to abstain from sex and may recommend bed rest during the third trimester, Bullock said.

Heavy bleeding that occurs later in your pregnancy may be a sign of something more serious, such as premature birth or emptying of the placenta (when the placenta separates from the uterus).

But even then, you will be dealing with much more than just bleeding; you’ll also feel extreme pain, says Bullock. In that case, she says, you’ll have to go to the hospital where the doctors will deliver the baby. Still, placental abruption is extremely rare (especially if you avoid drugs and alcohol and go to all your prenatal checkups), Bullock says.

Of course, it’s best to play it safe. If you notice blood and are worried about it – and especially if you experience any pain with it – give your doctor a call.

Source: Women’s Health Mag, Um, Can You Still Get Your Period While You’re Pregnant?, 2019

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