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why do some women get periods during pregnancy

Bleeding beyond the first trimester is usually a sign that something is wrong. Regardless of whether bleeding during the second and third trimester is light or heavy, with or without any other symptoms, you need to call your doctor for an emergency visit. This refers to any birth that happens before 37 weeks. Before preterm labor, some women experience symptoms similar to a period, as well as a large amount of mucus discharge. While cramping may also be felt, preterm labor also causes contractions. Symptoms of preterm labor might also include backache, a sensation of pressure in the vagina, and changes in discharge. This happens when the placenta is implanted low in the uterus and very close to, or covers the cervix.

The bleeding varies, but there are no other symptoms. Placenta previa can hinder labor and delivery. This occurs most commonly during the last few months of pregnancy. The placenta detaches from the uterus, usually causing heavy bleeding and possibly severe stomach pain and cramping. Certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, can increase the risk for placental abruption. A uterine rupture means that the muscle of the uterus separates or tears. This can cause uncontrolled bleeding. In the United States, it occurs most commonly in women who have delivered via cesarean delivery in the past. Though rare, this type of tear happens on old scar lines along the uterus.

Many of the conditions that happen in the latter part of pregnancy cause bleeding and other symptoms similar to a period. But, these are
not really menstruation. You cannot have your period if you're pregnant. Over the course of the past couple of weeks, a handful of women have accused me of spreading false information to women hoping to become pregnant. When asked "I think I'm pregnant, but I'm having my period. Am I pregnant? " the easiest way to answer this question is to inform a woman who has not yet tested positive for pregnancy that it isn't possible to have a period if you're pregnant. Because of the number of arguments I've seen with regard to this simple, biological fact, I wanted to provide a separate article to address the reasons why it's impossible to have a period if you're pregnant and to provide other possible reasons that you're bleeding while pregnant (if you've already confirmed pregnancy).

I am not a medical professional, nor am I a substitute for the advice of a doctor or midwife. If you are currently bleeding, step away from your screen, call your doctor, and then please come back and continue reading. Bleeding during pregnancy can indicate a serious problem and it's best you speak to your doctor before reading information on the Internet.

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