It is a question that many women ask: can you at the time and yet pregnant to be? In principle, the answer to this is very clear: no. It is not possible to have a period during your pregnancy. What can occur is that you suffer from blood loss during pregnancy. Why does it seem that you do? period and pregnant at the same time?
This is simply because the blood loss is considered to be a period. To understand this I explain to you what a menstruation exactly means and why this can never continue during your pregnancy.
Why blood loss is not the same as having a period
Not being pregnant and being pregnant do not go together. That's because your menstruation is meant to drain an unfertilized egg from your body. If you are pregnant this is not the intention and therefore you can not be on time. The fact that many women think this is because menstruation is seen as 'losing blood', but in the eyes of professionals it does mean a bit more.
Your menstruation itself is part of your menstrual cycle. You get ovulation during the cycle. At the time of ovulation, your body makes the hormones estrogen and progesterone. These hormones ensure that your uterus is prepared for the implantation of the egg.
If, however, the egg is unfertilized, the hormones in your body will decrease. As soon as these hormones decrease, your body knows that the egg is not fertilized and therefore rejects it. Consequence: you become a period. If the egg is fertilized, it does not have to be drained and so you become not more period.
Blood loss during pregnancy
What can be prevented is that you suffer from blood loss during pregnancy. This can have a number of causes, you can read this below.
In the first trimester it often happens that women have slight bleeding. In most cases, this is an implantation haemorrhage. When the fertilized egg starts to implant in your uterus, a keg may crack.
Since your uterus is very well perfused at that time, a bleeding can occur. Implant bleeding occurs in 1 in 5 women and is one of the first symptoms of your pregnancy.
Blood vessels that snap
When you are pregnant, a lot of blood flows through the blood vessels of the cervix. These vials are also closer to the surface, making them very sensitive to touch. As a result, they can snap sooner, for example during sex or vaginal examination. This results in a slight bleeding.
Improper and yet pregnant: Pseudo menstruation
Maybe you have heard the stories of women who were 9 months pregnant and did not even notice because they just got a period. Although this is very exceptional (the chance that you win the lottery is bigger) it can occur. Probably there is then talk of pseudo-menstruation. This is the only form of period and yet being pregnant that can last for months.
When you are pregnant, the hCG hormone is produced. This pregnancy hormone ensures that you do not get new ovulation and your menstrual cycle comes to a standstill. When the body produces too little hCG, you may experience monthly bleeding without ovulation.
What to do in case of doubt?
A pregnancy can not only be noticed by the fact that your menstrual cycle stops. Other symptoms include breast tenderness, morning sickness, frequent urination and abdominal cramps. If you notice these symptoms of pregnancy and do not use contraceptives, but you do become ill (or at least: that is what it looks like), do a pregnancy test as a precaution.
It is also wise to contact your doctor so that he or she can find the cause of your blood loss.