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#1 of 6 Old 05-08-2003, 10:23 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So, throwing the question out there cuz its on my mind... ya know how you hear about lots of women who have their periods for a few months after they get pregnant? How does that work... i mean we are educated, we know that our temp goes up cuz of progesterone, and our period starts when the progesterone dips and the temp goes down... so if you're pregnant and still having periods - WHY - i don't get it, is it a progesterone problem, or not making enough HCG to keep making progesterone, and if you have a period how do you manage to not miscarry the baby? It doesn't compute.

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Simple...it's not really a PERIOD!
It's actually just some type of spotting and sometimes light bleeding that occurs when the egg implants or other hormonal change but they are not actually shedding the whole uterine wall as with a period. Like you said, they could not carry an egg without a uterine wall to burrow in for the 1st 12 weeks until the placenta took over.
This happened with my mom (3 mos of "period")and MIL and they both said that it was lighter than normal but what did they know 35 yrs ago? It was bleeding so it must be a period-even their drs said that and swore one baby was early by 1 month but my MIL said that she just spotted that first month and it wasn't really a period in retrospect. BUt the dr wouldn't believe her!
So anyway, most women just assume that bleeding=period and that's why you hear all those stories.
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It makes perfect since......

So then theoretically what would the chart of someone who was bleeding, but not shedding the full uterine wall look like?

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Good Question Would your temps stay high??
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If you were pregnant, yes, your temps would stay high even if you were spotting or having light bleeding due to the hormonal changes. Your chart would look like the typical pattern:low temps before O, then rise after O and staying high after implantation.
But if you were not pregnant than the temps would go down if it was the start of AF. Other midcycle spotting may not make your temps change but that would depend on the cause.
So basically don't think of the spotting or light bleeding as anything that affects your temps or pregnancy-it's just a hormonal reaction in some women (providing it's not an impending M/C-which is possible).
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