Getting Your Period While Pregnant

By Sonja Sanderson

Vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy can be confused with having a monthly period while pregnant. Due to the lack of ovulation during pregnancy, a period is not possible in a healthy pregnancy. If you are experience cramping and heavy bleeding, this is cause for concern and you should contact your doctor immediately. However, there are reasons why a woman may experience harmless bleeding during their pregnancy that may mimic a normal period.

Implantation

Implantation bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg embeds itself into the uterus. Because ovulation occurs around the 14th day of a menstrual cycle and implantation occurs approximately 5 days after the ovulated egg is fertilized, implantation bleeding can be mistaken as an early period.

Oral Contraception

The rate of conception while a woman is taking the birth control pill is less likely than without the medication, but does occur. A woman who conceives while taking birth control pills may still experience bleeding while consuming the section of placebo pills. This can cause the women to be unaware that she is pregnant and the woman may require an ultrasound to estimate the gestational age of the fetus.

Hormonal Changes

Women may experience this rather common form of early pregnancy bleeding that is caused by the hormonal changes of pregnancy. This is generally a light bleeding.

Infection

Yeast infections can occur more often in women who hormones are changing due to pregnancy. Bleeding may occur during the use of internal vaginal medication (only use such medications with a doctor's advice). This bleeding occurs because of the increase of blood flow in the vaginal area as the body heals itself and eliminates the infection.

Bleeding After Intercourse

Some women will experience light bleeding after sexual intercourse in early pregnancy. This is not uncommon, but a call to your doctor for advice is recommended.

About the Author

Sonja Sanderson has been writing for 10 years and pursued her love for writing while attending Oregon State University. She enjoys writing articles about health and pregnancy for eHow. Before becoming a freelance writer Sanderson spent years working in the medical field working with patients who required heart monitoring services, which lighted her passion for health and helping others.