Can you get a full period and still be pregnant?
Yes you can be pregnant and still have a vaginal bleeding. Many women mistake bleeding with their mensuration.
Though not common or perfectly normal to bleed in pregnancy, every woman is different. If you notice any form of bleeding while pregnant, See a doctor or call your Mid-wive immediately.
Implantation bleeding is another form of bleeding that women mistake for their period. It is usually lighter than your normal period. But it is possible to believe you just had a light period when implantation bleeding is what you had.
Early Signs of Pregnancy after having a period
Nausea also known as morning sickness is one of the most common sign of pregnancy.
It is caused by the increase in the level of the estrogen and progesterone hormone happening in your body once you become pregnant.
Another cause of morning sickness is the HCG hormone produced after fertilisation.
Fatigue and tiredness is a very common symptom of pregnancy. Hormonal changes happening after implantation is one of the common causes of fatigue.
The increasing levels of hormones progesterone can make you feel sleepy. When you get pregnant your body is also producing more blood to transport nutrients to the growing foetus.
In addition, emotional changes happening in your body can lead to decreased energy and sluggishness. Fatigue is common in first trimester (1-12 weeks). It decreases in second trimester and comes back in third trimester.
Your body works extremely hard in first trimester to make the placenta. This can contribute also to extreme tiredness.
3. Sore Breast / Breast Tenderness
Sore breast and breast tenderness is caused by increasing levels of estrogen and Progesterone hormone. At about 4-6 weeks into pregnancy, your body will start to feel fuller and more sensitive.
Your pregnancy hormones is preparing your breasts and body to feed your baby in 9 months time with milk.
In the first few weeks of pregnancy, your breast may feel very painful to touch or your nipples may feel tingling .
4. Frequent Urination
Frequent urination starts around week 6 of pregnancy. In pregnancy the blood flow to the kidney's increase by 35-60%. This extra flow of blood, makes you kidney produce more urine once you become pregnant.
Secondly, the expanding and growing uterus, puts pressure on a woman's bladder. Making her to pass urine more frequently than usual.
Frequent urination is common in the first and third trimester. In the third trimester, some women visit the toilet every hour.
5. A missed Period
A missed period is one of the safest and reassuring ways to find out you are pregnant.
Because Premenstrual symptoms are so similar to the signs you get when you become pregnant. You can mistake these two for each other. I always advice women to wait a week after they have missed their period to test for pregnancy.
If you normally see your period every month and you are trying for a baby, an absent period may be an indication that you are pregnant.
If you have an irregular period, an absent period is not enough to suggest if you are pregnant. You need to wait a couple of days and then test for pregnancy with a home pregnancy kit.
6. Food Aversions And heightened smell
Hormonal changes in pregnancy makes you crave for food. After a successful implantation, the human chorionic gonadotropin(hcg) hormones increases. It continues to increase every few days of the first trimester.
The increasing rate at which this hormone rises causes food cravings, morning sickness and food aversion.
Nausea and vomiting(morning sickness) makes pregnant women feel sick at the thought, smell or after eating some foods. While they also have an intense desire to eat a specific food.
All these is as a result of increasing HCG hormone and increasing level of estrogen and progesterone hormones.
Food craving are common in first trimester, although they can happen through out pregnancy.
7. Positive Home Pregnancy Test
A pregnancy test is the best way to take the guess work out of trying to figure out if you are pregnant or not. It is a more a more reliable way than any other signs of pregnancy.
A home pregnancy test works by testing for HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone in your urine. Although the hormone is produced immediately after the egg is fertilised by a sperm, it can't be detectable in the required amount until after implantation.
That is why you are always advised to avoid testing too early.
If your pregnancy test is negative and you are still having symptoms as if you are pregnant, See a doctor for a pregnancy blood test.
PMS SYMPTOMS VS PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS
Premenstrual symptoms also known as PMS are a group of symptoms that women feel before their menstruation.
These symptoms can start from anywhere between 1-2 weeks before your period starts. And they go away when your period begins.
The PMS symptoms may be confused with the ones experienced in early pregnancy.
Common to both PMS are pregnancy are:
- Breast tenderness
- Mood swings
- Acne and breakout
- Bloating and weight gain
- Stomache ache
Am I Pregnant?
"Had my period but still having symptoms of pregnancy" is a question many women ask?
Even though rare, some women get vaginal bleeding while on pregnant. It can happen through out the whole pregnancy, while for some just the first 1-4 months.
In any case if you see a blood discharge and you are pregnant or suspect you are, See your doctor immediately for a proper examination or check.
Is pregnancy right after period possible
For pregnancy to occur, ovulation must have taken place. Ovulation is the release of a matured egg from the ovary into the fallopian tube.
Ovulation usually happens about 12- 16 days after the first day of your period. Few days after you period is too early for ovulation to take place.
But if you ovulate early like on Day 9 or less or your period lasts long then you may become pregnant because of the possibility that ovulation might have taken place.