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I was reading something on another post that made me a little confused and worried. Is it true that you can have a few periods while being pregnant? And if not and you are just shedding lining after you get pregnant, how do you know the difference between your period and that? Is it lighter or heavier, or only last a day or....are there any ways of knowing? This is worrying me. Thank you so much for answers you can give me.
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Shedding your lining is the same as having a period; when you menstruate, your uterine lining is sloughing off, and that is what comes out.

Some women MAY have spotting when they first concieve, and while the placenta forms its attatchments, but that is EXTREMELY light and nothing like a menstrual period. Some women may be so worried about being pregnant, that when they see that spotting, they assume it's their period and they are not pregnant. However, this spotting or "breakthrough bleeding" does not happen to everyone.

But no, if you are having a period, clots and heavy flow and all, basically more than just a few drops of blood in your panties, you are not pregnant.

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I bled moderately in the first 4-6 weeks of my pregnancy. That coupled with multiple positive pregnancy tests and a doctor's confirmation made it all very confusing! However, I ended up miscarrying at 9 weeks so I'm unsure rather or not the moderate bleeding early on was any indication of an unhealthy pregnancy. To answer your question, bleeding during pregnancy can definitely occur and is sometimes normal but if it's heavy and/or clotting then pregnancy is unlikely from what my gynocolegist has told me.
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