Period and pregnancy is an essential thing for a woman to plan for having a child.
Before having further information about period and pregnancy, it is important to know about menstrual periods and how pregnancy takes place.
Your menstrual period is first sign of pregnancy and is a major factor in determining the due date of your pregnancy.
Menstrual period refers to the discharge of blood and tissue periodically from the uterus. The average menstrual cycle for a woman ranges from 26‑31 days.
You can evaluate your fertile days of the period and pregnancy using ovulation calculator.
All that required for calculating fertile days through ovulation calculator is menstrual period information. Thus, you can easily trace the most fertile days of your menstrual cycle and can plan for having a baby.
Fertile days are the days where an ovulation takes place for fertilization. For a regular twenty-eight days cycle, the fertile days will be fourteen days before another menstrual period.
Fertile days are safe period to have conception because your chance of becoming pregnant is more in these days. However, you can avoid pregnancy by avoiding sexual activities during these fertile days.
Ovulation is the process of release of egg from one of the ovaries, which occurs approximately in middle of the menstrual cycle (from the first day of the last menstrual period to the first day of the current menstrual period).
The released egg when combines with the sperm forms into a fertilized egg. Thus, conception takes place.
You are considered as a pregnant if you have no menstrual periods, as the pregnancy hormones stop ovulation process.
Remember that having missed menstrual period does not always signify pregnancy. So, confirm your pregnancy through pregnancy tests either at home or at doctor’s clinic.
Pregnancy test can be done using urine sample as well as blood sample. The pregnancy test (in any form) basically determines the presence of pregnancy hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). The positive test results confirm your pregnancy.
In some cases, although you are pregnant, bleeding may occur when the embryo implants into the uterus lining and it is commonly referred to as implantation bleeding.
This generally happens five days after conception. This can mislead as a menstrual period, especially when you have irregular menstrual cycle.
Bleeding can also occur with the usage of the birth control pills even after conception. In this case, the only option is to go for ultrasound test to know the condition of your baby.
It is better to understand the difference between the signs of period and pregnancy to avoid these misconceptions.
The signs of menstrual period generally occur before and during your menstrual bleeding. The signs include menstrual cramps and pain in the lower abdomen, diarrhea, headache, back pain etc.
On the other hand, during pregnancy you will experience fatigability, dizziness, breast tenderness, frequent urination, morning sickness, abdominal and pelvic pain etc.
Taking a proper care during period and pregnancy can help reduce the health complications in the future.