Can you be pregnant and menstruating?

Peut-on être enceinte et avoir ses règles ?

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In general, bleeding in early pregnancy is a source of anxiety for expectant mothers. However, 20-25% of pregnant women experience bleeding during the first trimester of their pregnancy. In this article, we will see that this metrorrhagia is not necessarily the beginning of a miscarriage, but that it can have other causes.

How is bleeding in early pregnancy?

Bleeding in early pregnancy usually appears as small brownish spots. For some women, this bleeding looks and feels like a normal period. When the bleeding persists, becomes red and heavy and is accompanied by cramping in the lower abdomen, it is urgent to see your doctor to make sure that it is not a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy. 

What is an anniversary period?

In a normal cycle, when the egg does not implant in the uterine wall, the excess uterine lining is eliminated and evacuated through the vagina. This is called menstruation. When implantation is complete, the period stops. However, small spots of blood may appear around the time of the expected period. This is the anniversary period. This is actually blood loss related to implantation. Other benign bleeding can also occur during pregnancy because the cervix is very vascular. A pregnant woman may experience bleeding after sex or after a gynecological examination.

What is my period like if I am in denial of pregnancy?

Denial of pregnancy refers to a situation in which a woman is physically pregnant without being aware of it. This denial can be partial when the woman discovers her pregnancy before term. It is a total denial when the woman learns of her pregnancy on the day of delivery. In the case of pregnancy denial, the woman feels no nausea, no pain and she continues to have her period. The baby lies in an upright position along the spine and does not move. Very often, pregnancy denial occurs in overweight women or in women who are taking the birth control pill. This is because the pill causes artificial menstruation that persists during pregnancy.

Can I take a pregnancy test during my period?

There are two ways to do a pregnancy test. The first is a urine test that measures the level of pregnancy hormones. At the beginning of the pregnancy, this level is quite low and it is necessary to wait for the expected date of menstruation. This test should be done in the morning because the urine is more concentrated. The other way to find out if you are pregnant is to do a blood test by taking a blood sample in a medical analysis laboratory. It is advisable to do a pregnancy test even if you have your period if there is a risk of pregnancy (unprotected sex during the ovulation period).