Donate Now
We've Moved! Check out our new boards.
  New Poll  
my profile | directory login | search | faq | forum home

  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» Scarleteen Boards: 2000 - 2014 (Archive) » SCARLETEEN CENTRAL » Sex Basics and Sexual Health » How can you tell then?

 - UBBFriend: Email this page to someone!    
Author Topic: How can you tell then?
Member # 42270

Icon 1 posted      Profile for kamille         Edit/Delete Post 
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?

Posts: 125 | From: Canada | Registered: Feb 2009  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Executive Director & Founder
Member # 3

Icon 1 posted      Profile for Heather     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
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:

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 ]

Heather Corinna, Executive Director & Founder, Scarleteen
About Me Get our book!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead

Posts: 68290 | From: An island near Seattle | Registered: May 2000  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator
Member # 42270

Icon 1 posted      Profile for kamille         Edit/Delete Post 
Thank you for the interesting info [Smile]
Posts: 125 | From: Canada | Registered: Feb 2009  |  IP: Logged | Report this post to a Moderator

  New Poll   Close Topic   Feature Topic   Move Topic   Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
 - Printer-friendly view of this topic
Hop To:

Contact Us | Get the Whole Story! Go Home to SCARLETEEN: Sex Ed for the Real World | Privacy Statement

Copyright 1998, 2014 Heather Corinna/Scarleteen Providing comprehensive sex education online to teens and young adults worldwide since 1998

Information on this site is provided for educational purposes. It is not meant to and cannot substitute for advice or care provided by an in-person medical professional. The information contained herein is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or for prescribing any medication. You should always consult your own healthcare provider if you have a health problem or medical condition.

Powered by UBB.classic™ 6.7.3