It is not possible to menstruate while pregnant, but the American Pregnancy Association notes that some women experience light bleeding or spotting during pregnancy. However, this bleeding is not as heavy or as regular as a typical period. Any bleeding during pregnancy should not be enough to fill pads or tampons over a few days, and any bleeding to this degree can be a sign of miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.Know More
A period is the shedding of the uterine lining, and because this does not happen during pregnancy, a woman's periods cease during pregnancy, according to Parents magazine. Although light bleeding during the first month of pregnancy while the fertilized egg is implanted in the uterine lining is common, a doctor should always be consulted if any bleeding occurs during pregnancy. If implantation is the cause of bleeding, it carries little risk, may be accompanied by light cramping and occurs only at the beginning of the pregnancy and not throughout the entire term.
During the first trimester, bleeding can indicate an impending miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, but both of these are often accompanied with cramping, according to Parents magazine. If a woman is pregnant and passing a lot of blood, especially with large clots, it is important to contact a doctor immediately or visit an emergency room.Learn more about Pregnancy
Although every pregnancy is different, light bleeding, known as spotting, can be seen anywhere from six to 12 days after fertilization of the egg, according to WebMD. Many women commonly mistake this early sign of pregnancy with the start of their periods.Full Answer >
A prenatal paternity test is a DNA testing that occurs during pregnancy to establish the paternity of an unborn child, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Options for this procedure include non-invasive prenatal paternity tests, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling.Full Answer >
Ultrasounds are most effective for calculating a woman's delivery date when performed between the eighth and 18th weeks of her pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Predictions made with ultrasounds become less accurate as a woman's pregnancy progresses.Full Answer >
Hot tub use during pregnancy is not advisable as it may cause hyperthermia, an unusually high body temperature that increases the risk of birth defects in babies, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The safest option for expectant women who want pain relief and relaxation is a hot bath.Full Answer >