I’m still having periods, but could I be pregnant?
If you’re showing other signs of pregnancy but still have a period could you still be pregnant?
Sore boobs? Peeing more often? A metallic taste in your mouth? You may be experiencing some of these things making you think you have some early symptoms of pregnancy but have had a period, is it possible? Or could it be a chemical pregnancy?
In short, the answer is no. From the moment you conceive, your body starts to produce the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). Once the body produces this, periods stop.
Could I still have some form of bleeding during pregnancy?
Bleeding during early pregnancy is not an unusual sign of pregnancy experienced by many women and often mistaken for a period. It is known as implantation bleeding and is completely normal and does not need any medical treatment. It happens at a similar time in your cycle to menstruation, so it’s often confused with having an early period. The spotting will usually be pinkish or dark brown, whereas period blood is usually more red.
Bleeding or spotting could be experienced for other reasons including breakthrough bleeding which is generally light and likely to be accompanied by some common period symptoms such as back ache, cramps and feeling bloated.
What should I do if I am bleeding?
If you have done a pregnancy test ruled out a false pregnancy test and have got the positive blue line but are still experiencing bleeding, do go and see your midwife, or if you have not seen your midwife yet, do make an appointment to see your GP. If you are also experiencing lower abdominal pain which gets worse with movement and can come and go or develop suddenly or gradually, dizziness, light-headedness and vomiting you must see a doctor as a combination of these symptoms could be signs of an ectopic pregnancy.