no, you cannot menstruate if you are pregnant. your period is a starting over process that lets your body re-prepare for another shot at getting pregnant. if you're pregnant, why start over, right?
you can have PMS-like symptoms if you are pregnant hormones are tricky like that. they can make your oods swing, various partsof your body ache and so forth.
anyway, if you are menstruating, you aren't currently pregnant. however you can still get pregnant in some cases, so you still need ot use protection if you do have sex on your period.
My sister had her period for the first three months of her pregnancy and this is why she didnt know. So even though it is rare andweird it could happen.
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Your sister didn't have her period, she had spotting. If she'd had a period, she wouldn't have been able to continue the pregnancy ... The embryo would've been flushed out of the uterus with the endometrium.
It's really more of an issue of semantics. A period and spotting are not the same thing.
Well, that's probably the problem, that in some places people don't make the distinction between period and spotting. I remember my parents commenting about my aunt having her period the first two months of pregnancy, which must actually have been spotting.
I guess this is due to the lack of such a word *spotting*, in Spanish, our native language. There might be one, but not many people are aware of it.
Common misconception maybe? I didn't know about spotting until I read about it here a few years back.
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hey everyone, im a new user here. i was just reading through some posts and this one came across as confusing. i once had a pregnancy scare and i went to my doctor to get checked even though i was on my period at that time i had heard from other people that you can get it even if you are pregnant. i asked my doctor about it and she said it was true, that you can indeed get your period if you are pregnant. after reading responses to the original post, i am very confused. someone please clear things up for me.
A lot of people just use the word "period" to refer to any vaginal bleeding that lasts for a few days or more. More correctly, however, it refers to "menstruation" which is the uterus shedding its lining, because no fertilised embryo implanted during that month.
However, it is quite possible to experience spotting during the first few months of pregnancy which can occur on a roughly monthly basis, and can be mistaken for a light period. This would have been what your doctor was talking about.
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