Jan. 11.

Could I be pregnant with a period?

No, by definition you cannot have a period while you are pregnant.  However, you CAN have light vaginal bleeding or spotting.  Many women report having some bleeding during the first few months of pregnancy, and often they assume this is their normal period (and that they are not pregnant). Don’t be fooled by the bleeding. If you notice light bleeding or spotting that is lighter in flow and different in color (perhaps pink or brown) rather than your normal period, this might be a sign of pregnancy. If you’ve had unprotected sex in the past month, take a home pregnancy test to be sure, or see your physician.

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  • yes you can be pregant and have a period it happened to me with me last child i was having normal periods so i thout i wasn’t pregant when i found out i was pregant i thought that i was about two to three months but i was really five and a half months so the whole time i was pregant when i didn’t even know

    • Hi Monica,

      Thanks for sharing!

      To be clear, you cannot actually experience a full, normal period while pregnant, as a “period” is by definition the shedding of lining of the uterus. If you did have a real period while pregnant you would lose the pregnancy.

      However, as you noted, it is certainly possible to experience some bleeding during pregnancy – and you may mistake it for being your regular period. This may be what is referred to as implantation bleeding, or may be some other bleeding. Again, the key is to pay attention to any “abnormal” bleeding (as you define what is normal for you). It can be a sign that something has changed — you may be pregnant.

  • i got my period until i was 6 mths pregnant with my son i didnt think it was possible but now i have a very health boy n i had my period while i was pregnant with him so its possible just less blood in the labour room

    • Hi Ashley,

      Thank you for sharing your own experience!

      The “rule” is that if you had a normal period while pregnant then you would lose the pregnancy (since the definition of a period is the shedding of the lining of the uterus), but obviously everyone’s body is different, and you seem to have experienced bleeding which seemed like a normal period.

      It’s obvious that not everyone’s signs and symptoms are the same, which is reason to look for multiple signs and symptoms — and if something does not seem “normal” for you, then it’s always a good idea to check and see if you are actually pregnant by taking a home pregnancy test.

      Thanks again for sharing. Really appreciate your input!

  • i had a normal period in the month of july . i had missed my period in august r was rather late i took some test and was possitive for my third child. soon after a started spotting and bleeding for atleast a month . my question is when did i actually become pregnant? in july r august ?

    • Hi Vivian,
      Given that you had a normal period in July, you could have become pregnant at any point after that. Best to rely upon the blood tests given by your doctor to determine the exact date. Congratulations.

  • Just a reminder to always look for multiple symptoms as a sign that you are pregnant. Don’t just rely on your bleeding to tell you. Pregnancy impacts your entire body, so you’ll probably see more than one sign or symptom telling you that something has changed.

    If you feel differently than normal, or have unexplained symptoms, take a home pregnancy test or see your doctor.

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