Image courtesy Medicine Foetus

By Victor Ernest

A medical practitioner has disclosed that Bleeding during the first three months of pregnancy is normal and nothing to worry about.

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Dr Stephen Hwande, Managing Director, First Fertility Hospital, Makurdi, who made this known on Monday, explained that bleeding during pregnancy is common for most women during their first three months.

He  however said it could be a sign of  “something serious” in early stages of pregnancy and hence the need to check to avoid some hidden complications.

Hwande added that a woman could experience some normal spotting within the first six to 12 days after she conceives as the fertilized egg implants itself in the lining of the woman uterus.

“Usually the bleeding is very light and lasts from a few hours to a few days,” he said.

“Intercourse or pap test cause contact with the cervix and can trigger bleeding; this type of bleeding is not a cause for concern,” Hwande added.

The fertility expert also said that any infection of the cervix, vagina, or a sexually transmitted infection (such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, or herpes), could cause bleeding in the first three months of pregnancy.

Hwande, however, said abnormal bleeding in late pregnancies should be considered serious as it signals a problem with the mother or baby.”

“About half of women, who bleed in pregnancy, eventually have miscarriage, but that does not necessarily mean that if you’re bleeding, you have lost the baby,’’ said the doctor.