You are, as they say of age already. With a stable and good paying career and so does your partner. You have been going steady and have known each other for quite some time. Emotionally, you feel you are ready to take the next step forward and start a family.
And with that, one of the biggest decisions you can make in your life is whether you are ready to have a baby or not. Being a parent entails a lot of responsibilities and is far from being easy.
You have to have a lot of patience and be 100% committed. You will have a lot of sleepless nights, less time for yourself and your partner, and you won’t have the freedom to do what you want any time you want to.
You need to be willing and capable of making a lot of sacrifices, take care of another being other than you and your partner, and withstand all the hardships whether it is physically or emotionally. Despite of the difficulties of having a baby, the positive things outweigh it.
You get to raise a child that is a combination of you and your partner, you will get to observe your baby’s growth and developments, have someone that will be there for you even when you get old. You will also get to experience the joy of being like a kid again. You and your partner will grow even closer as well.
Like most people say, you will never feel lonely once you have a child. If you and your partner have finally decided to get pregnant and have been experiencing symptoms, then you may be feeling excited already. But the problem is, you suddenly get your period or experience bleeding.
The Similarities of Pregnancy and PMS Symptoms
It is known that the symptoms of pregnancy and menstruation have quite a lot of similarities. People often confuse whether they will be having their period or they are pregnant.
Here are some symptoms that commonly appears on both pregnancy and menstruation:
- Breast tenderness and swelling
- Weight gain or feeling bloated
- Mood swings or extreme sensitivity
- Feeling tired or experiencing fatigue
- Food cravings
- Back pain
- Increase in appetite
- Light vaginal blood loss or spotting
Menstruation During Pregnancy
Every woman’s instinct whenever they get their period is that they are not pregnant. However, there are cases where some women would still get their period even when they are pregnant especially at the beginning of their pregnancy although it is very rare.
It is also a lot less heavy than normal period and some would even refer to it as spotting. Getting your period, as long as it is not heavy bleeding may mean that you are pregnant.
Menstruation during pregnancy occurs when the level of pregnancy hormones are not enough to stop your period. If you suspect that you are pregnant even with the presence of your period, the best way to find out is to take a pregnancy test.
Now, I know that most people would wonder whether taking a pregnancy test would affect it in any way when you are on your period. The answer for that is that it will not.
The blood will not interfere with the accuracy of the result from the test because they will only measure the amount of hCG or Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in your urine hence, will ignore other hormones like estrogen which has a huge presence when you have your period.
HCG is a hormone that becomes present when you are pregnant. The pregnancy test will still be able to provide an accurate result whether you are pregnant or not.
What Should You Do When The Test Comes Out As Positive?
When the pregnancy test you took came out as positive while you are on your period or experiencing vaginal blood loss, then it would be best to schedule a trip to the doctor as soon as you can. Bleeding during pregnancy is sometimes a bad sign and can be very dangerous for the baby.
Having a period while experiencing menstruation may also mean that you have a chemical pregnancy. Chemical pregnancy in other words is very early miscarriage.
This is when you test positive while you are bleeding heavily after a miscarriage because there are still hCG hormones present in your system.
Being a parent comes with a huge responsibility. Commitment, patience, and willingness is required for you to say that you are ready to have a baby.
You have to be willing to make sacrifices, have the ability to put someone else in front of yourself, financially stable in order to provide a child’s needs, and it is also important that you are physically and mentally fit to raise a baby.
Even if it is a lot of work to have a baby, it will all be worth it. Sometimes, with just a simple smile, all your troubles will instantly fade.
Your life will be filled with laughter and you will not feel lonely again. Having a baby truly is fulfilling, so if you decide that you are ready to take on this journey, you may get anxious to get results right away.
When you experience some pregnancy signs like breast tenderness, acne, mood swings, fatigue, food cravings, and weight gain, then you will surely feel excited. But if a case happens that you experience some bleeding despite of all the symptoms, then you may want to take a pregnancy test.
Some people would assume that once they get their period, it would automatically mean that they are pregnant. However, there are still cases when some women would still get their period early on the pregnancy.
Although it is rare, it is still best that you take a pregnancy test. Taking a pregnancy test while you are on your period will still provide an accurate result.
If the test does come out positive, then it is advisable that you make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can so that they can assist you with a healthy and fun pregnancy.