According to healthline, menstruation is the shedding of the uterine lining that occurs in a non-pregnant individual as a part of their menstrual cycle. In contrast, during pregnancy, the uterine lining is not shed, and menstruation should not occur. However, there are some rare cases where a pregnant woman may experience vaginal bleeding or spotting that can be mistaken for menstruation.
Here are some possible causes of vaginal bleeding during pregnancy that can be mistaken for menstruation:
Implantation bleeding: This occurs when the fertilized egg implants in the uterine lining, causing light bleeding or spotting. It usually occurs around the time of a woman's expected period, which can lead to confusion with menstruation.
Hormonal changes: During early pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations can cause some women to experience light bleeding or spotting.
Miscarriage: Unfortunately, sometimes vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can be a sign of miscarriage. This is more likely to occur in the first trimester.
Ectopic pregnancy: This is a serious condition where the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, often in the fallopian tube. It can cause vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain.
It's important to note that any vaginal bleeding during pregnancy should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately, regardless of whether it is mistaken for menstruation or not.
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