early pregnancySome women may think that they have their period after they become pregnant but the discharge is different. If you are trying to conceive and you have the symptoms of a regular monthly cycle, you are most likely not pregnant. The first step is to consider some of the scenarios that may cause you to have spotting or discharge while you are pregnant.

Although vaginal bleeding is abnormal during pregnancy, up to 10 percent of pregnant women bleed during some portion of the pregnancy and the first trimester is the most common time for the bleeding.

The reasons for this bleeding include:

Implantation Bleeding
It may be easy to confuse implantation bleeding with a very light period. This is especially true if you tend to have irregular, light menstrual cycles because the implantation discharge can be accompanied by some period symptoms, including slight cramping, bloating, as well as some of the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome in some cases.

A miscarriage is a spontaneous pregnancy loss that occurs during the first half of a pregnancy, and is most common in the first trimester. About 15 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. The majority of miscarriages occur because the baby is not developing normally. Bleeding is often the first sign of a miscarriage. The bleeding can begin as vaginal spotting and gets heavier as the miscarriage occurs.

Ectopic Pregnancy
The fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to the uterus. After fertilization, the egg continues to travel through the fallopian tube to implant in the wall of the uterus. Sometimes a fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube or the neck of the uterus. This abnormal implantation, referred to as an ectopic pregnancy, may occur due to scar tissue in the fallopian tube from conditions such as an infection or endometriosis.

The popular consensus is that you can’t be pregnant and still have your period. This is because the body needs the blood and nutrients in the uterus for the developing fetus. The presence of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone reduces the likelihood that your period will arrive as well since the hormone stops ovulation from occurring.

It is important to note that you may become pregnant while you are having your period in some rare situations.