Gynaecologist: Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy is abnormal
An Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano State, Dr. Labaran Aliyu, says pregnant women experiencing any vaginal bleeding should not take it lightly, describing it as abnormal and a sign that there is a problem with the pregnancy.
According to the gynaecologist, bleeding in pregnancy is a dangerous sign, advising pregnant women experiencing such to go to the hospital and see an expert for appropriate evaluation, investigation and treatment.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with PUNCH HealthWise, Aliyu, an Associate Professor, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Bayero University, Kano, said a woman cannot be pregnant and be menstruating at the same time.
“Some women might take vaginal bleeding in pregnancy to mean menstruation,” he said.
Aliyu explained, “The first sign of pregnancy is absence of menses. If a woman is reproductive age and says she doesn’t see her menses, the first thing that comes to mind is that she is pregnant.
“So, if pregnancy is confirmed and bleeding returns, it means that the pregnancy is complicated and there is a problem with it.
“A woman cannot be pregnant and be menstruating. Any bleeding that is seen after the confirmation of pregnancy is bad and abnormal and it is a sign of problem.
“Any pregnant woman experiencing such should go to the hospital to see experts for proper investigation and to ascertain the cause of the bleeding.
“If the bleeding is during early pregnancy, it is a sign of miscarriage. There are different types of miscarriages. It can be threatened or it has happened or the feotus has died but not yet expelled.
“Whatever it is, if there is bleeding after the confirmation of pregnancy during the earlier stage, it means there is a problem with the pregnancy.
“When a woman is pregnant and she is bleeding, there is nothing like she is seeing her menses during the pregnancy. Bleeding in pregnancy is a dangerous sign. It is only the doctors that will confirm what the problem is and give the appropriate treatment.
“So, no woman should take bleeding in pregnancy lightly. It must be investigated, cause confirmed and treatment given.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, bleeding in the first trimester happens to about 15-25 percent of pregnant women, adding that bleeding later in pregnancy can be more serious. Punch