At Kali, we always joke that we’re the first to know that one of our Kali Girls is pregnant, because as it turns out one of the first things on your to-do list when that pregnancy test shows up positive is to put your account on hold.
When you find out you’re pregnant, a thousand questions instantly run through your mind. Is it a boy or girl? Will they have my high cheekbones? Will he or she become a professional athlete that supports me well into my seventies? It seems like there is no end to the different emotions that run through you, and you can’t help wondering what the future will hold. Sometimes we may feel silly not knowing the answer to the simplest of questions, like will I have a menstrual cycle while I’m pregnant? Don’t be overwhelmed by all of the things you don’t know about pregnancy. Here’s some information to help explain what is happening in your body.
The Menstrual Cycle Explained
When a woman is not pregnant, the body goes through a menstruation cycle every month. During the first half of the cycle, levels of estrogen in the body rise. Estrogen is a hormone that has several purposes. It helps keep bones strong as women age, and it also helps to thicken the lining of the uterus to prepare for a possible pregnancy. While the lining is thickening, an egg in one of the ovaries starts to mature and around day 14 is released to travel into the uterus.
Hormone levels then increase to prepare the body for the possibility of a pregnancy. If the egg becomes fertilized by sperm, and attaches to the lining of the uterus, a woman become pregnant. If the egg is not fertilized, it will dissolve and break down. The lining of the uterus will break down also, and will be shed out through a normal menstrual period.
Will I Have Periods While I’m Pregnant?
So when you are pregnant will you have menstrual periods? The answer is no, because when you’re pregnant, the lining that makes up menstrual periods is still in use inside your uterus, nourishing the growing embryo. When pregnant, there should never be any kind of vaginal bleeding. If you are pregnant and you start bleeding, you should consult a medical professional immediately, as this could be a sign of a miscarriage or other problem.
A miscarriage is a failed pregnancy that has been ended by the body because something was not developing properly. Most miscarriages are resolved on their own, but complications can occur if any tissue is left in the body. Contact your doctor if you have any pain or heavy cramping. For all women pregnant hygiene is important. Never use tampons if you think you might be having a miscarriage.
After the birth of your baby, your body may not menstruate for several months, depending on the individual. Some people start menstruating shortly after birth, while others don’t experience any bleeding for six months to a year after birth. For some people, nursing the baby helps delay menstruation, but this does not happen with everyone. Your menstrual cycle will come back when your body is ready.
First time pregnancies can be completely overwhelming, so try not to get stressed out by all the questions that you have. And trust us, stay off the Internet (In fact, stop reading this RIGHT NOW). Follow your instincts and listen to your body, and odds are you will have a healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby.