Menstruation during Pregnancy

Menstruation Can Sometimes Persist during Pregnancy

Menstruation during pregnancy can occur in some women. During  pregnancy, women usually experience a pause in their menstruation cycle. However, like many other rules, this one has an exception, too. Menstruation can, and does sometimes persist during pregnancy. There are various conditions that can cause bleeding during pregnancy, and sometimes they can pose threats to a woman’s health. For that reason, it is important to get acquainted with all the possibilities.

Regular Menstruation

In some women, pregnancy is accompanied by menstruation throughout the pregnancy period. Specialists believe that this happens when a woman conceives very close to the next menstruation date.

Usually, menstruation will occur in the first few months of the pregnancy, and then cease. This is not necessarily a health threat, but it does cause confusion in terms of the gestational age of the baby and the due date. These are usually calculated according to the last menstruation.

Ectopic Pregnancy

There are situations in which a woman might experience bleeding during pregnancy, yet the cause is not the menstruation period. One such possibility is an ectopic pregnancy. It is when the embryo implants outside the uterus, most frequently in the fallopian tube. Ectopic pregnancies cause bleeding which resembles a menstruation, yet this is actually a sign of a very serious condition that requires medical attention. For this reason, it is crucial that a woman consults her doctor immediately upon experiencing any type of spotting or bleeding during pregnancy.


Another possible cause of bleeding activity during pregnancy is a miscarriage. Miscarriages are common especially for women who conceive for the first time. Only around a quarter of pregnancies end in child birth. Many are terminated in the early stages through a miscarriage. Therefore, it is important to consider the possibility of a miscarriage when examining the symptom of bleeding during pregnancy. In case of a miscarriage, medical assistance should be immediately provided to the woman.

Placental Problems

During a pregnancy, the baby receives nourishment from the placenta. There are two conditions that can arise from problems with the placenta: placenta previa (the placenta covers the cervix) and placenta abruption (the placenta actually separates form the uterine wall). Symptoms of these conditions are also bleeding and pain, similar to the menstruation cycle. Unlike menstruation, these are very serious conditions that can be dangerous (especially in the later stages of the pregnancy). All of the above mentioned cases lead to the following conclusion: If any spotting or bleeding occurs during a pregnancy, medical assistance should be attained.

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