Recently, the tennis star Serena Williams shocked everyone when said in an interview that she had a period while she was pregnant. Serena Williams said she actually got a period during the early stages of her pregnancy. Serena said she didn’t think it was even possible that she could be pregnant. She hadn’t seen her now-husband Alexis Ohanian “in like four weeks” and “literally had a cycle just before.
Williams says she took the pregnancy test “just to shut my friend up” and was completely shocked when it came as positive. She was even more shocked when her doctor told her she was seven months pregnant. And guess what! She was playing in the Australian Open at the time.
Jonathan Schaffer, M.D., an ob-gyn at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center says,
“I have heard from some women who say they had periods throughout their first trimester. But in reality, physiologically it’s pretty impossible to have actual periods during pregnancy.”
Doctors say that there are several situations that can cause period-like bleeding early in pregnancy.G. Thomas Ruiz, M.D., lead ob/gyn at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California says,
“If you get your period at the usual time, it lasts for the usual amount of days, and the amount of blood that you see is pretty typical for you, it’s pretty unlikely that you’re pregnant. But you could have bleeding in early pregnancy that just so happens to coincide with when your period is due.”
In fact, up to 30 percent of pregnant people have some form of bleeding in early pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
But in some cases, bleeding during pregnancy can be a sign of a serious issue. So if you’re not sure what’s causing it, definitely check in with your doctor.