You may have heard of the stories about women having period while pregnant. Is it even possible?
The answer to this question is an emphatic No. As soon as your body starts producing the pregnancy hormone named as human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), periods tend to get stopped.
Having said that, there could be instances when a woman is pregnant and she has light bleeding just about the time when her period would have been due. This is quite a common phenomenon is initial pregnancy.
The development of the placenta may be responsible for the initial bleeding. Once an embryo has been implanted into the uterus, the placenta’s cells and tissues commence to get developed. However, as long as the placenta has developed enough to become the infant’s lifeline, the body of the mother is responsible for providing nutrients and oxygen to the growing baby.
By about the sixth week of pregnancy, the placenta is developed enough to take over the job of providing nutrients to the baby. It is round about this time when women tend to have light bleeding.
It is no surprise that women tend to get worried when they have spotting or light bleeding while being pregnant. In such a scenario, they need to inform their physician or midwife.
Unfortunately, bleeding can be a symbol of a miscarriage. Bleeding in such a case may seem like a period but it is typically heavier and causes severe stomach cramps.
Ectopic pregnancy is another case of worrisome bleeding when the embryo implants in a fallopian tube rather than the uterus. Bleeding in such a case is generally dark or watery and the woman suffers severe pain in the lower abdomen particularly on one side. This condition requires immediate treatment so in case of such symptoms, you need to contact your doctor at your earliest.
Even if your bleeding appears not to be worrisome, your midwife may suggest you some examination to ensure that the pregnancy is progressing well.
If you are in your early pregnancy days, the midwife might ask you to undergo a blood test to determine your hormone levels or she may refer you to an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU) for a swift scan.
You may consult other women who have been through these tough times.