Q: Dr, I want to know if is possible for someone to get pregnant and still see period. My midwife says I am pregnant and I just saw my period, although I am seeing changes on my tommy and sometimes feel as if something is moving inside of me. I am worried and don’t know what to do. Please Dr, I need your help.
A: Thanks for writing in. First question is, ‘have you run a pregnancy test?’ Are you seeing a doctor (obstetrician) especially if this is your first pregnancy? Please be sure to see one. Depending on how far along you are, you will also have a pregnancy scan and can hear your baby’s heart beats! So, first confirm that you are truly pregnant.
People do not menstruate when pregnant. Remember that menstruation happens when fertilization of eggs released during ovulation by sperm does not occur. And so, if fertilization and pregnancy occur, menstruation is ruled out.
Bleeding can occur in early pregnancy though, close to or about the same time as the menstruation would and thus be mistaken for a period. This bleeding could be due to implantation as the fertilized egg implants itself in the uterus (womb). Other causes of bleeding in early pregnancy include ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage and infections.
Bleeding in pregnancy may not necessarily be an emergency but because there are other causes of these episodes of bleeding, which are potentially life threatening like ectopic pregnancy, bleeding in pregnancy should always be checked out in the hospital. Better safe than sorry 😉
Have a good night y’all 😀