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m_azul
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So I was looking through some of my moms old books from when she was pregnant with me, and it said random stuff ya know, but a note was made inside that said "a woman can continue a pregnancy with a normal period." is this true??
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Heather
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No, it's not.

Some women do experience some types of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, and a minority can have it happen in such a way that it so resembles their periods, they mistake that bleeding for a period. But even when that happens, which again, is rare, it is not the same thing as a menstrual period, which is what happens when we shed the uterine lining (lining a developing fetus needs, so without it, no fetus can develop) because we did NOT become pregnant.

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m_azul
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Hmm... Interesting. But then again that stuff is like twenty years old lol... Okay, thank you. Women that bleed, is it bad bleeding like to fill a pad?
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Well, you also said it was a note someone made inside? Who the heck knows who wrote that.

Again, most women won't have bleeding when pregnant. If and when they do, unless something is wrong with the pregnancy, we'll usually be talking about light spotting, not menstrual-type flow.

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Alrighty I was just curious. And you're right, it could've been a joke bc knowing my mom she got the book at a yard sale hahah
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Or, it could have been your Mom or someone else reading simply writing something they thought was true. Or writing that because, like a lot of people, the word "period" to them meant "any bleeding from the vagina." A lot of people use period to mean that.

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