Does Ovulation Occur during Pregnancy?


When keeping yourself up to date with various aspects around pregnancy, you may come across scenarios or articles in various magazines or on the internet, which talk about a woman getting pregnant with another child when she was already pregnant with one. Rarely does anyone take this seriously, but it might make a question arise in your mind does ovulation occur during pregnancy in real life? Does that mean you will have more than one baby?

Can a Woman Ovulate During Pregnancy?

A straightforward answer to the possibility of ovulation while being pregnant is a simple no. In scientific terms, ovulation is the process where the ovaries release an egg during a menstruation cycle. This egg then makes it away through the fallopian tube and, if a sperm is present there, it will end up being fertilized by it. A fertilized egg then finds its way to the uterus where it awaits an implantation by removal of the outer lining. This shedding of the lining is what constitutes your period.

When you are already pregnant, the body is aware of this and does not undertake any processes to release the egg or proceed with ovulation. The uterus, tubes and ovaries all form part of the same system, so the presence of an embryo automatically triggers these processes to shut down. The uterine lining is held in its place to support the growing baby and you won’t have any more periods during your pregnancy.

What If The Ovulation Test Shows a Positive Result?

Despite this science, you might come across various cases in magazines or articles or you might experience one yourself that shows you that you were ovulating even when you are pregnant. This usually happens when the ovulation test turns out positive and later tests reveal that you are already pregnant.

One thing that ought to be remembered is that, just like a pregnancy test, the ovulation tests, too, work on the presence of a hormone. These tests do not actually check whether the ovaries are releasing an egg or not. And since hormones undergo a substantial change when pregnancy sets in, those levels might be a little too high, triggering the test to reveal positive result for ovulation.

Therefore, a presence of a positive result to your ovulation test might purely be a result of hormonal fluctuations or even a fault test for that matter. In certain cases, your body might just be on the verge of getting pregnant or, unfortunately, on the verge of a miscarriage.


What If You Had Period while Pregnant?

Along with ovulation, another worry that might plague pregnant mothers is to wonder whether a period can occur while you are pregnant. This, too, does not have any basis in science. Periods, as mentioned earlier, are a result of shedding the lining of the uterus since there is no fertilized egg to house in it. Once you are pregnant, the uterus lining needs to stay put so that the embryo has the support to grow safely and develop into a proper foetus.

That being said, there are chances you might spot a few drops of blood or light bleeding while you are pregnant. But this is quite different from the blood you usually see in your menstrual cycles and this bleeding is a result of many other factors. If the bleeding does feel thick and unusual, it might be an indication of a problem and it is necessary to let your doctor know immediately about it.

Ovulation while being pregnant is not a possibility since our biological processes are oriented in such a way to shut off the ovulation cycle once the uterus has a fertilized egg to take care of. The only way to absolutely be sure of an ovulation is to undergo intensive tests that check for multiple follicles or ultrasounds that determine if an egg has been released. The usual ovulation tests measure hormonal levels, which can very easily fluctuate during pregnancy. Therefore, it is best to put this question to rest and enjoy your newfound pregnancy with zest.

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