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Can you be pregnant and have periods?

Think you're pregnant but still getting your period? We look at wether you can be pregnant and still get your periods.
Technically it is not possible to have a 'proper' menstrual period while you are pregnant however there are a number of reasons why you may experience 'period like' bleeding very early on in your pregnancy, we explain more:

Why don't you have periods during pregnancy?

During a 'normal' menstrual cycle, hormonal responses will stimulate your reproductive system to prepare itself for a potential pregnancy; maturing and releasing an egg while simultaneously causing the lining of your womb to thicken. If the egg is not fertilised the lining and egg will be shed as part of your period. However, if, on its way down the fallopian tube your egg is fertilised, the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) will over ride the hormones that control your menstrual cycle, suspending your menstrual cycle and therefore your periods. Your body will remain in this state throughout your pregnancy and it is for this reason that it's impossible to experience a proper menstrual period once you have conceived.

I think i'm pregnant, what else could the bleeding be?

The most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period so unfortunately if you experience menstruation as normal during a cycle, in all likelihood you didn't conceive. However, if you took an early test that came up positive, have BBT results that suggest you could be pregnant or were late and noticed a significant change in your flow, there are a number of other causes that could stimulate 'non menstrual' bleeding early on in pregnancy. These include:

Implantation bleeding

Some women experience spotting when their fertilised egg implants into the wall of their uterus and the connection that will later support the placenta is established. Rather than the heavier flow associated with 'normal' periods, implantation bleeding tends to be very light, pink or brownish in colour and usually only lasts for a day or so. However, as implantation typically occurs 6 - 10 days after ovulation, and therefore in all likelihood only a few days before your period is due, it is possible to confuse this with a very light period.

Hormonal bleeding

A few women go on to experience period-like bleeding throughout the first few months of their pregnancy and, although this is quite rare, lighter bleeding occurs in schedule with their previously established menstrual cycle each month. This is known as 'decidual bleeding' and is thought to occur because fluctuations in hormone levels cause areas of the womb lining that aren't yet actively involved in supporting a pregnancies development to shed.

Ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilised egg implants and begins to develop outside the womb (usually in the fallopian tube from which the egg was released). In this instance bleeding is likely to be accompanied by severe pain on one side of the lower abdomen, sickness, fainting, collapse or pain in the shoulder tip. If you experience these symptoms, it's essential to seek help from your health care provider right away.

Early miscarriage

Sadly some pregnancies do end in miscarriage very early on in their development and unfortunately this can sometimes be the reason for 'period like' bleeding. Signs of a miscarriage include very heavy, clotted bleeding that tends to be more intense than a usual period and accompanied by strong abdominal cramps. Again, if this is something you are concerned about it's important to contact your health care provider for information and reassurance.

I'm bleeding but I think I'm pregnant, should I be worried?

Many women experience spotting in very early pregnancy and go on to give birth to healthy babies, so this should be little of little concern. However, if you have reason to believe that you might be expecting but go on to experience heavy, painful bleeding, it is advisable to make a visit to your health care provider.

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pls i need help,have been having sign of preg before my last menses then yesterday i started having pain in one side of my abdomen then today it went to theside then to my lower extremity,this afternoon i saw a light blood in my pant ad abdominal cramp am i stil safe with my pregnancy?
by ike 22nd Nov 2013, 5:08pm
I have had 2 periods this month once on the 5/2/13 and finished on the 8/2/13 and started again on the 26/2/13 and finished on the 1/3/13 and started again on 18/3/13 i have been trying for a baby with my partner and Only my belly is gaining weight its halder than usual is there any chance that i could be pregnant
by uk08 20th Jun 2013, 3:44pm
im bloating stomach hard as rock passing gas burping hot face something darker nipple breast swollen two pregnant test negative this been going on two weekand going to the bathroom alot now got my period 4 days early (or what i think maybe my period) except it was lighter than normal flow dont even full my pads last 3 days like my normal period am i pregnant july 30 until now august 12 we had sex and the 10 of august blood on is private herea but when i clean up the blood it when back to little like i didnt even have sex little awaile ago when is the right time to take a next pregnant test
by ajackson 20th Jun 2013, 3:25pm
I normally have my period around the 28th of each month and I missed it on may I was over 2 weeks late so I thought I was pregnant, but I took 2 tests and they both came up negative I then got my period on the 11th of June, so I am reply confused
by Katelyn1993 20th Jun 2013, 3:20pm
Okay. I think I'm pregnant. My belly is hard, I've been eating non-stop. I've been getting tired faster. And I've been more moody than usual. But, I started bleeding from that area, on Friday. It's lasted only 4 days, but my period usually last about 6 days. And it's lighter than usual. Someone please help me.
by NicoleMarie 20th Jun 2013, 3:11pm
Am using birth control pill,every time I smell food I vomit, am having my periods and I have never missed a day,am having terrible headaches can I be pregnant?
by patie22 31st Jan 2012, 10:45am
I had sex 2 months ago and had period the month I had sex and this month my last period was last week and I took a home test to day that said not pregnant is it accurate or wrong. My tummy is still kind of hard.

by Ohoh 5th Sep 2011, 11:17am
Okay, so my boyfriend and I have unprotected sex all the time. This past month (May) i started having trouble getting to sleep (would'nt go to sleep until 3 or 4am), and now it is uncomfortable for me to sleep on my stomach, i have to lay on my side.
This past week I got my period ( or what i think may be my period?), except it was a lot shorter than usual, and lighther. Usually it is 7 days and VERY heavy. this week it was 3 days and a lot lighter than usual. I had pretty mild cramping before my period and i normally dont have cramps. I also threw up in the morning on the 2nd day which also never happens.
My nipples have been itchy & ive been eating more than i usually do in recent weeks. Im not sure if i am pregnant, if my body is changing or what. I would just love to have someone elses opinion.
Also, I haven't takin a pregnancy test yet. I have been feeling weird & on the day i went to go get a test i started bleeding so i didnt buy it. (p.s. we are trying to conceive)
by pryellowdiamond 7th Jun 2011, 5:29pm
i'm 17 and i found out i was pregnant yesterday i told my parents which was the most worrying thing ive ever done in my life! but now i feel like ive come on my period am i still pregnant? any help please am worried!?!?
by sianny1 19th Jan 2011, 2:30pm
I am only 15 and I had sex with this lad 1day before I was due to start my period. The day after I went to school feeling fine but after two hours of being in school I was feeling faint and was sick twice in half an hour and got sent home, that night I came on my period so I was confused then whether I was pregnant or not i've been having sore breasts and been feeling really tired, i dont know weather to be happy or scared cos of my age can anyone help me?
by ToniT 17th Jan 2011, 3:13pm
Me and my boyfriend are trying for a baby and after a few failed attempts im wondering if im pregnant, my tummy is hard now and i have had no "pre menstrual" symptoms, however 7 days later than when i was due to come on i started bleeding but only but only really lightly, i am now on day 3 and by now i am usually heavy and this is nothing like normal period.... could i still be preg?? i dont want to get my hopes up and im too scared of disappointment to do a test. help?
by Ppam 22nd Oct 2010, 8:45am
I had sex 2 months ago and had period the month I had sex and this month my last period was last week and I took a home test to day that said not pregnant is it accurate or wrong. My tummy is still kind of hard.
by rerreee 19th Oct 2010, 8:58am
i had my last period from 4-8 august, i see my breast to be bigger as before, today was my due day for menstraution, but i only got dark brown spotting at around 11 am and its over. can that be implantation bleeding?
by furaha 1st Sep 2010, 10:13am
I think i am pregnant ,bcos i missed my period which was due in 1st of april and i took a pregnancy test on 3rd april but it was negative (it was not a mid stream early morning urine which i used for testing).but now i experience some sort of light bleeding similar to implantation bleeding since 2 days ,so can i repeat my pregnancy test now?
by jisanil 1st Sep 2010, 10:03am
i have had 2 periods this month once on the 7/7/10 and finished on the 13/7/10 and started again on the 22/7/10 and finished on the 24/7/10 i have been trying for a baby with my partner is there any chance that i could be pregnant
by littlewoman2010 12th Aug 2010, 10:39am
I HAVE HAD A PERIOD AT THE END OF EVERY MONTH,,,,LAST TWO MONTHS IT AS IN THE BEGGING. NOW ITS VERY LIGHT BARLY BLEEDING AND I ALWAYS HAVE A HEAVY FLOW,,,ONLY MY BELLY IS GAINING WEIGHT..ITS HARDER THAN USUAL.....I ONLY SEEM TO B GAINING WEIGHT THERE...SOMETIMES I SWEAR I FEEL A MOVEMENT IN THERE.......AM I PREGNANT?
by BABYLOU 12th Aug 2010, 10:26am
i took 4 pregnancy tests in the past 4 days all were positive but i got my period today. should i still go to the doc and have a blood test done or should i wait till after my period over and take another test to see what it says cause i read that when that happens its just a chemical pregnancy and its very common among first pregnancy's but i have already had a miscarriage back in feb
by jess314 12th Aug 2010, 10:16am
I've been ttc for 5 months I came off implanon in January my periods returned to normal right away and came like clockwork each month. I've had two positive faint lines both a pink colour but still getting my periods the same every month. Aswell as nausea heartburn high temp gassy sore breasts and also they are bigger. I've been to see the doctor who is yet to still not do a blood test as the urine test is constantly negative every time I go. I'm so confused any advice?
by Abby12 12th Aug 2010, 9:49am
i am having my "bleeding" but none of the lining from my uterus is coming out. i always am able to see it while on my periods. and also the "bleeding" this time was super short and light. i always have very heavy flows.. most of the time using a super tampon and pad . but i barely even had 2 use a panty liner. im not really having the cramps, just my stomach feels uncomfortable... what does this mean?
by msrose 12th Aug 2010, 9:18am
I had my last menses 25th of may but by am always weak and my breast is fuller does it mean am pregnant.Please i need an answer.Nnenna
by nnem 11th Aug 2010, 5:24pm
i had unproctected sex 2 days before my period.as ive started my periods,could i be pregnant?
by pat84 11th Jun 2010, 5:31pm
I think i am pregnant because every now and then i start feeling sick and i get like a kicking pain in my belly and it feels hard but i had a period last week.
i hope you can helpp.
by Lauraa2010 21st May 2010, 3:56pm
I have been trying to make a baby for almost five months now, an advice Please???
by Naita 14th May 2010, 4:29pm
You can be pregnant and have your period because i had mine. when i thought i was pregnant i took a home pregnant test and it came back neg. So i went on about my business and kept excerising you know getting in shape. My baby fatther kept telling me that i'm pregnant and i'm like no i'm not, so we took another test and it came back neg.So we decided to go to the doctor and that test came back neg.My baby father kept saying i was pregnant i'm like it impossible because i'm still getting my period.So we back to the doctor one of the day's i was on my period and they did another test it came back neg so they decided to take blood work and the blood came back pos.I'm in shock because i'm like that's wrong because i'm on my period now. They took me into the room and gave an ultra sound and it showed that i was about 4 months pregnant so i know from experince that you can have your period and be pregnant.
by tweetybird81 21st Dec 2009, 10:01am
i don't think im pregnant because i have an Implanon... but i'm just curious because i was on my period begining of last week lasting 7days n i had a day were i wasn't on and then i started with a next period is this normal? i dont really no where to go for advice Rachel
by MissRachel88 21st Dec 2009, 9:58am
i had bleeded one day this month! i thought i was having a period but i am not sure! i tried a pregnancy test and its negative! is there a possiblity that i can still be pregnant? i thought i had my period sunday december 13,2009 and bleeded just that day! i have been discharging a bleedy discharge for about 4 days! but i stopped today! what should i do?
by staceylynn25 18th Dec 2009, 1:43pm
ok so lately i have had sore breasts and have had very bad headaches as well as the want to cry over everything and my period was 5 days late and i randomly got sick it was very sudden and only once i love crangrape juise and all the sudden it makes me really nauseas, me and my boyfreind had sex finally and today i started today its regulaur like period but im never late could i be pergnant?
by Jinx09 25th Nov 2009, 9:43am
i am trying to get pregnant and i have for 5 months now!! today is day 14 and i have been having a regular 28 day cycle for the last 8 months. I started bleeding heavily on saturday and i am stll bleeding today. COULD I STILL OVULATE TODAY?AND CAN I STILL CONCIEVE EVEN THOUGH I AM BLEEDING? i am despeate now and relly need some advise. thanks.
by sunshine88 22nd Sep 2009, 10:24am
I feel i am pregnant but i have a slight pink colour when i go to the toilet? could i still be pregnant? please help me.
by bella12 21st Sep 2009, 9:21am
i get stressed over not been able to concieve. i even cry
by luvofpete 26th May 2009, 12:43pm
Me and my fiance have been trying for 3 months now and nothing is happening and now i am feeling very weird and have got pains to my lower back and feel sick but not actually been sick can i be pregnant i have done a few test but they are negative do u think i should do a test before my period THANKS Adele please let me know
by adele22 5th May 2009, 12:21pm
The last time I got my period was in feb,20,2009 I missed it for 2 months and now I began spotting but could I be pregnant I am always sleepy me and my boyfriend really want to have a baby. Please let me know something
by Venus90 16th Apr 2009, 9:24am
my last period was on the 29th aug 2008, and i had unpretected sex on the 03rd and on the 14th sep also unpretected. i have a 28 day cycle, so when i had sex on the 3rd i was still bleedin abit as it was my last day of my period.
my due date is on the 5th june 2009.
can you please help or give me advise on what date i actualy got pregnant, or more likely to of got pregnant if its on the 3rd or the 14th. Thanks
by Trisha05 9th Apr 2009, 9:32am
me and my husband had unprotected sex a couple days befor my period. So can i still be pregnant and have my period??
by beshaswife 17th Feb 2009, 9:52am
We are trying for a baby but for the last few years ive had really heavy bleeding constantly, would this affect? We have been trying for 7 mths, thanks
by lady24 17th Feb 2009, 9:52am
me and my husband had sex after my period in jan and also during my ovulation and there after,after someday later i started feeling as if i want to vomit whenever i smell some food,i have fever atime,i get tired atime,i urinate often alot,so i decide to do a blood test and it came out negative,but after that i still feel funny.my period is due on the 4th feb 2009 and i didnt see it, could it be that am pregnant
by upsgirl 5th Feb 2009, 9:59am
i have b having tender breasts for the last 2wks and they are very sore and i have been having heartburn has well i am always at the loo.can i be pregnant.many thanks
by sexbucket 2nd Feb 2009, 10:49am
I have been trying to get pregnant for about a month now, and for 2 times during that month i keep thinking i am pregnant with some of the symptoms, but then i come on a really heavy period!? does this mean im misscarrying, or am i just worrying too much as i have only just come of the implant and it is early days?
by Natsxxx 8th Jan 2009, 5:42pm

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