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It is during the time of missing periods that women start suspecting that they are pregnant. A strong connection exists between pregnancy and periods. However, there are many instances where women witness what is known as periods after pregnancy.
Every month the lining of the uterus of a woman thickens for the fertilized egg. If there is no fertilization of the egg, the lining sheds and there is menstruation leading to period. However, if the egg fertilizes, the embryo is implanted in the uterus. It is best to go for a test with a pregnancy kit and confirm pregnancy. Pregnancy test is conducted depending on the presence in the body of hCG hormone and it could take some time to show the result in the test.
However, even after getting pregnant, there are instances of experiencing mild or light periods which is light. For heavy period, it is better to consult a gynaecologist. These light periods are actually pregnancy symptom known as implantation bleeding in which there mild spotting or bleeding experienced by the pregnant woman and which is mistaken as periods after pregnancy.
How To Determine The Due Date?
A woman who has just become pregnant might feel anxious to know the due date. There are many means of calculating the due date and one of these is the last menstrual period or LMP method. Using this method, one can predict the due date accurately, provided one has regular menstrual cycle of 28 days. Regular menstrual cycle results in ovulation at about the same time every month that makes it easy to determine the conception date.
Hence women having regular periods can simply add 280 days to the first day of the last menstrual periods to find their due date. Women planning to give birth to babies on some particular day will find this method helpful to determine the day to conceive.
In addition, there are other methods that are used by gynaecologists as pregnancy calculator like ultrasound and Naegele's method to determine the due date. In the ultrasound method, the growth of the foetus is checked by doctors regularly and these results are used to find the expected due date of childbirth. In Naegele's method, a year is added to the date of the last menstrual period and three months is subtracted from the result. There are many pregnancy calculators available online that could be used to know the pregnancy after period.