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Can You Be Pregnant If You Get Your Periods? Doctor Lists Signs Of Pregnancy During Menstruation

Many girls or ladies out there sometimes experience symptoms similar to pregnancy during their periods. Getting pregnant during periods sounds surprising! During menstruation, a woman’s ovaries produce hormones oestrogen and progesterone which cause the lining of the uterus to build up. This lining is ready for a fertilised egg, but if there is no fertilised egg, then the lining breaks down and bleeding happens. Now according to the NHS, If you have sex’ without using contraception at any time during your menstrual cycle, including during or just after your period, there’s a chance you could get pregnant. You can also get pregnant if you have never had a period before, during your first period, or after the first time you have sex’.

Shedding light on this, Dr Krishnaveni Nayini, Senior Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Yashoda Hospitals Hyderabad explained certain signs of pregnancy.

Signs Of Pregnancy During Periods

Missed or lighter period

If you have a regular monthly menstrual cycle, the earliest and most reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period. In the first few weeks of pregnancy, you may have a bleed similar to a very light period, with some spotting or only losing a little blood. This is called implantation bleeding.

Feeling sick during pregnancy

You may feel sick or be sick. Although commonly known as “morning sickness”, vomiting and morning sickness can happen at any time of the day or night. Symptoms usually start when you’re around 4 to 6 weeks pregnant.

Feeling tired

It’s common to feel tired, or even exhausted, during pregnancy, especially during the first 12 weeks or so. Hormonal changes in your body at this time can make you feel tired, sick, emotional and upset.


Sore breasts in early pregnancy

Your breasts may become larger and feel tender, just as they might do before your period. They may also tingle. The veins may be more visible, and the nipples may darken and stand out.

Peeing more can suggest pregnancy

You may feel the need to pee more often than usual, including during the night. Other signs of pregnancy you may notice are:

  • constipation
  • more vaginal discharge (without any soreness or irritation)
  • Strange tastes, smells and cravings

During early pregnancy, you may find you no longer like some foods or drinks you used to enjoy. You might notice:

  • a strange taste in your mouth, which some describe as metallic
  • you crave new foods
  • you lose interest in certain foods or drinks you used to enjoy, such as tea, coffee or fatty food
  • you lose interest in smoking
  • you’re more sensitive to certain smells, for example, the smell of food or cooking

Home pregnancy tests

If you do a home pregnancy test, a positive test result is almost certainly correct, as long as you have followed the instructions correctly during periods.

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