"My period only lasted for 3 days and it was lighter than normal. I felt sick before it and now the sick feeling is just getting worse. And I'm always tired and always have headaches. I know some women have said to have their periods while pregnant, but I wanted real feedback."
While bleeding during early pregnancy can happen, it is not a menstrual period. During a monthly cycle, the body prepares the uterus for a possible pregnancy. Hormones thicken the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, making it into a nice, cushy, enriched environment for the possible implantation of a fertilized egg. If the egg is fertilized, it will attach itself to this lining, and that is where it will begin to grow. A fertilized egg needs this endometrium: it’s the fertized egg’s “nest.” However, if the egg released that month is not fertilized, hormones signal the uterus to shed this lining. Your period is a combination of the entometrium and blood, which comes from very very small blood vessels that tear as the endometrium pulls away from the uterus.
So, being pregnant, and having your period are mutually exclusive. If there were a fertilized egg that implanted (pregnancy), and the body still sent the hormone message to pull the lining of the “nest” out, then the fertilized egg would go with it, and end the pregnancy. This sometimes happens when a woman’s period is late…often times she is actually pregnant, but only for a very very short time (days). In cases like this, the fertilized egg is not structurally sound, and the pregnancy isn’t viable. The body will then signal the release of the hormones to begin menstruation, ending the pregnancy. Chances are, the woman will not even know there was a fertilized egg that month.
There are two cases in which a woman may experience bleeding during the early stages of her pregnancy, but again, this is not an actual period. Sometimes a woman can experience “early pregnancy bleeding”, and this is due to hormonal changes taking place. The amount of flow can vary, but it is generally not as heavy or as long as that woman’s normal period.
Another type of bleeding is termed “implantation bleeding”, and is less common. Some women will see spotting or pinkish discharge when the fertilized egg implants into the lining of the uterus. Implantation bleeding will not normally resemble a period.
If you are pregnant, any bleeding during the first trimester should be discussed with your doctor. It could be harmless, (like the situations discussed above), but it can also signal a problem with the pregnancy, and even be the signs of an impending miscarriage. Any bleeding after the first trimester is abnormal, and you should see your doctor immediately.
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