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kamille
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Just out of curiosity - I have never seen the show on TLC - "I didn't know I was pregnant," but I've heard that most of the women experienced a period throughout their whole pregnancy.

So, my question is - how do you know? I heard somewhere that what the woman say was their "period," was really just a different type of blood. Is it possible for your period to continue through out, or would it be different? I.e, lighter/heavier flow, brown, ...and just all around different looking?

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Heather
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It is the exception, not the rule, for women to have vaginal bleeding during pregnancy: only around 25% of women have bleeding during pregnancy, and for fewer still will that resemble a period and only happen at times periods would be due. It can happen, for sure, but it's not a menstrual period, even if some women confuse it for one.

For most women, a missed period IS the first sign of pregnancy, overwhelmingly.

I think we really, really need to remember how little latitude there is for women in our culture around unplanned pregnancy, and in many ways, around pregnancy, period. SO many women are in denial about pregnancies they don't want, a partner doesn't want, or they are not prepared for. Pregnancy for plenty of women is traumatic, and as is the case with other kinds of trauma or crisis, sometimes people's brains react with denial: it can be a very powerful thing.

So many women have a hard time making up their minds about what to do with a pregnancy. And shaming and blaming abounds when it comes to women and pregnancy. All of this tends to often create an atmosphere that leaves women little room to be honest about pregnancies in a lot of circumstances.

And we can safely say reality television is not a place for honesty, to say the very least.

Here's some information for you on bleeding during pregnancy: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/the_period_during_pregnancy_misunderstanding

So, how can YOU know? Well, you can chart your cycles as a habit, for one. Again, bleeding during pregnancy is not likely to happen on the same schedule a period would, or look the same, and having those records helps a woman to determine the difference. You can also try and just be tuned into your body: for most women, pregnancy does feel different than not being pregnant, and the body will start to do things in a few months that are or feel unusual.

You can also avoid pregnancy risks as best as possible, and keep tests around to take every few months if you are sexually active, just in case.

[ 05-13-2009, 04:23 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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kamille
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Thank you for the interesting info [Smile]
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