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Juliadawson
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The possibility of not having any symptoms of pregnancy and having a normal period while still being pregnant scares me a lot. I read this at a website called doctorslounge.com, said by a doctor as an answer to a girl:
"Hello,
It is possible to have a period after you become pregnant. Most women who do report that it is not quite like a normal period - perhaps lighter or shorter. This is usually due to implantation bleeding as the placenta attaches. You can repeat the pregnancy test to be sure but positive usually means just that unless there is a miscarriage. This is also a possibility if the period was heavy. It is believed that a number of miscarriages occur before the women even realizes she is pregnant. Again, repeating the test would be the best thing to do.

Best wishes. "
I wanted to ask how this is possible. I'm pretty sure if you get your "period" during pregnancy it's not your period, just bleeding of some sort correct? If that is the case, can it really be mistaken by a period? If I bled enough to fill pads for 4 days and then just a little for on or two more days (this is how my period usually is) can it be some sort of pregnancy bleeding?
Or the "periods" these women experience are just light spotting?

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Sam W
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Hi Julia,

You are correct that you cannot have a period and be pregnant. Implantation bleeding is a different thing, experienced by a minority of women who get pregnant, and it will not look, feel, or last nearly as long as a period.


Also, please give this a read:
http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/14/t/000378.html

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Heather
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As we have noted on the boards, we really need to put a kibbosh on folks bringing us questions about something on different websites: http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/14/t/000378.html

We've already addressed this issue many times on the boards and on the main site. Same goes with talking about "these women," when we have no idea who you are talking about or who these people are. If someone is reporting something about their experience you are not sure about or have questions about, it's them you want to ask. [Smile]

This piece is a good place to start: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/advice/the_period_during_pregnancy_misunderstanding

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Juliadawson
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Okay thanks a lot! And I'm really sorry, I didn't know that and I'll try to not repeat this mistake. I'm pretty new to the website... And thanks for the links, I'll take a look on all of those!
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Juliadawson
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Hey so I read those links, but I still have a couple of questions.
1) How common are these vaginal bleedings that can be confused with a period while a woman is pregnant?

2) How can I differentiate any of these of a regular period?

3) Are these usually accompanied by other pregnancy symptoms, and are pregnancy symptoms contant? (like, nausea everyday or just a couple of days in a week; constant breast tenderness or only once in a while...?)

Thanks!

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Redskies
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It is more common for there to be NO bleeding when a person is pregnant than there is to be any bleeding.

It is highly unlikely that any bleeding during pregnancy would resemble an ordinary period: about the same amount, around when a period was expected, and lasting for about the same amount of time.

For most people, the first indication that they might be pregnant is a missed period. "Pregnancy symptoms" may or may not occur, are different for each person, and all have a number of other common causes that have nothing to do with pregnancy. Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul explains in more detail.

For anyone who has had a pregnancy risk, the way to know if you're pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test.

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Okay thanks for your help [Smile]
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