Do You Get Your Period When You’re Pregnant? The Answer Will Surprise You Do You Get Your Period When You’re Pregnant? The Answer Will Surprise You
Whether or not it’s the lack of comprehensive sex education that has been plaguing the United States in recent decades, or a continued sense... Do You Get Your Period When You’re Pregnant? The Answer Will Surprise You

Whether or not it’s the lack of comprehensive sex education that has been plaguing the United States in recent decades, or a continued sense of socially-contrived shame surrounding reproduction and women’s bodies, one can’t be sure. Either way, it’s somewhat normal to have a question about pregnancy you’re not entirely comfortable asking other people. So if you’re wondering,  “Do you get your period when you’re pregnant?” don’t feel like it’s a question you shouldn’t ask. Knowledge is power, my friends, and knowing the answer to this particular inquiry could definitely come in handy when either you, or someone you love, is growing another human being inside their body.

First, let’s get some background information on what a period actually is. Planned Parenthood explains that a period generally happens once a month to people with working ovaries, uteruses, fallopian tubes, and vaginas. Each monthhormones help an egg release from an ovary. The egg travels through the fallopian tube and into the uterus, which is called ovulation. If the egg does not meet with a sperm cell in the uterus, the hormonally thickened uterine lining will shed. The blood and tissue from that shedding is released through the vagina, which is called a period. Planned Parenthood went on to say, “If you do get pregnant, your body needs the lining — that’s why your period stops during pregnancy. Your period comes back when you’re not pregnant anymore.”

So that’s it then? No period while pregnant, right?

While it’s technically true that a person cannot menstruate while pregnant, there are other reasons a person might bleed during pregnancy. Sometimes this bleeding, regular or irregular, may cause people to get what they think are regular menstrual periods.

BabyCenter says some people have light spotting before their missed menstrual period that can be referred to as “implantation bleeding.” Though the consensus points to experts not really knowing why this bleeding happens, they think it’s the fertilized egg implanting into the uterine wall.

Because of an overall increase in blood production in a pregnant body, BabyCenter says you may also experience bleeding after vaginal sex or a vaginal exam. Of course, bleeding in pregnancy can be a sign of a serious complication with your pregnancy, so BabyCenter advises pregnant people to always consult their health care provider right away if they notice unexplained bleeding or pain.

But what about regular, period-type bleeding throughout pregnancy? Well, dear reader, there isn’t really a good answer for that. Message boards, midwife centers, and birthing classes seem to always have that “one person” whose sister “had her period the whole nine months and never knew she was pregnant until labor!”

The experts at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) don’t address this so-called phenomenon directly. However, they do say that though not all bleeding in pregnancy is problematic, it behooves the pregnant person to contact their OB-GYN at any sign of bleeding, just to make sure. An exam should help you clear up the reason for the bleeding.

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  • Janada Carson

    2017-08-29 #1 Author

    I always wondered this same thing.

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  • Rolonda wilson

    2017-08-29 #2 Author

    No way! When I found out I was expecting a baby I had no period so I know you don’t get them

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  • Martazia Everett

    2017-08-29 #3 Author

    Very interesting

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  • Tiffany

    2017-08-29 #4 Author

    I have got mine for the first 3 months

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  • Cherri

    2017-08-29 #5 Author

    Some people have periods while pregnant and most women don’t but it is possible

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  • Kariyah

    2017-08-30 #6 Author

    Yes , I had a period when I got pregnant. I didn’t find out I was pregnant til I was 3 months because I still had a period .

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  • Justice

    2017-08-30 #7 Author

    My mom had hers the first 5 months .

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  • Angel

    2017-08-30 #8 Author

    Wow People Have Told Me That They Have Had Their Periods During Their Pregnancy & The Baby Turned Out Okay

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  • Abby

    2017-08-31 #9 Author

    My last pregnancy before I miscarried I had my period. But it is really rare for it to happen.

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  • Precious

    2017-08-31 #10 Author

    Wow it’s great and really helpful to get a full explanation. But I do not get surprised to know a women has had a period while pregnant because I have seen this before.

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