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Did you Know that You can Get Pregnant During your Period?

Did you Know that You can Get Pregnant During your Period?

Pregnancy is one thing that frightens some women while others cherish it. It is a great phenomenon of the “Creator” who has blessed women with the power to give birth to another human being. This marvelous process is a genius creation and quite amazing how an egg gets fertilized and the rest of the processes take place, the gestation period starts, symptoms become quite visible and at the end of the gestation period, the delivery of the child takes place. Well, this seems a normal process to some but it’s a process that involves physical as well as emotional sentiments.

Can you get pregnant on your period?

Think of a woman who does not want to be pregnant for some time but unfortunately gets pregnant so what should she do? Should she abort the child? What if a woman who wants a child and gets pregnant but due to some abnormality the child does not grow and forces the mother to abort.

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There is a story behind every pregnancy because all women have their priorities and plan for their to-be child. So there are numerous inquiries women ask their Gynae and some weird questions as well, like the most common question that is “can you get pregnant on your period?

Many women find themselves in dilemma over the topic because they might misinterpret the symptoms their body is showing while the actual reasons may be different and there are chances that she might actually be pregnant. So what is the truth behind this? Lets us find out:

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Well, the answer to this question is “YES” a woman can get pregnant if she had sex during her period. Want to know the reasons then read below to get your facts right.

The menstrual cycle

The menstrual cycle is defined as the loss of blood that occurs at the end of the ovulatory cycle, because of the result of an egg not being fertilized by a sperm. Every month women tend to release an egg on approx. 14th day of her cycle. Before releasing the egg the hormone levels in a woman increases (thicken) to prepare the uterus lining if in case the egg is fertilized and pregnancy takes place. If fertilization does not occur, the lining of the uterus is sloughed off about 14 days later. This is Menstrual Cycle that most women know.

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The duration of periods in most women extends from 2 days to eight days and occurs every 26 to 34 days. Ovulation generally takes place midway through the cycle and is the most fertile time in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Ovulation is a process when an egg is released from one of your ovaries. At this time the woman is most likely to conceive. The whole process is complex and hard to understand as a woman cannot track it.

A very short menstrual cycle

There are certain circumstances that need to be right to make this happen. A woman to get pregnant on her periods needs to have a very short menstrual cycle, which is generally the time from the 1st day of one period to the 1st day of the next period, or this can happen if a woman has long periods. Conception is likely to take place when sperm and egg meet in the fallopian tube.

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Assuming that you have 28-day cycle of periods than between the 12th and 16th days the egg reaches maturity in one of the two   ovaries. The egg is then released into the abdomen and gets sucked by the tulip-shaped opening of the nearest fallopian tube. The egg can survive for about 24 hours after its release and if there is a sperm present in the fallopian tube at that time, it can fertilize the egg and lead to pregnancy. And if the egg does not get fertilized it gets out during the period.

This problem is more likely to happen with a woman who has a short menstrual cycle like 22 days. Because of this, they tend to ovulate just a few days after their period ends. And because the sperm can survive for up to six days and in between she has sex during her period, it is more likely that the sperm may still be present when she ovulate and fertilize the egg.

So the next time you think you are pregnant, do some self-check and find out. If this does not help, contact your Gynae. Your body is complex and so do its various processes.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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