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Subchorionic hematoma

post #1 of 21
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I had bleeding that started on Thursday.. I thought it was possibly the beginning of yet another miscarriage.  I kept an eye on the situation all day but it never progressed.  Friday I went in to a hospital for an ultrasound, and they found a small subchorionic hemorrhage next to the baby.  I'm still bleeding a bit from time- it's scary.  They acted like it was no big deal at the hospital and just sent me home, without even telling me to take it easy.   But I looked it up, and if it gets worse, it can lead to miscarriage.  I did of course see the baby's heartbeat, and know that for now, the wee one is alright.  

 

Has anyone dealt with this before?  I have been looking around for herbs or dietary changes that may help it resolve itself.. not too much info out there.  Vit e and c are useful for keeping a placenta good and stuck and strengthening the amniotic sac respectively.. that's about as much as I've found.  I also read that acupuncture can be incredibly useful for helping the body heal itself in this situation and have made an appt for Monday.  Any advice or commiseration?

post #2 of 21

I had the same thing happen to me at 12 weeks with my daughter. I bled for about 4 days then had brown spotting for additional 2 weeks. It was such a scary situation for me.  Sorry no advice on vitamins and herbs as i never looked into it when this happened to me. i just rested a lot for the next month . I hope everything will work out and no more bleeding ! Stay strong and rest up mama

post #3 of 21

When I bled with dd, I had a u/s, and was told it was a SH, my MW had me take vit. e and c and take it easy.  Turns out, long -story-short,  I was miscarrying an early lost twin, but this is what she had me do in the case of misdiagnosed SH.  so it sounds like you are right on.  She also said not to worry because in most instances, these healed themselves after a short time.  So rest up, and try to keep the faith!

post #4 of 21
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Thanks for the compassionate responses. I'm glad to hear a midwife gave the same advice I came up with. It's sooo hard to take it easy w 3 kids, but I'm doing my best. So far it's still a slow bleed.
post #5 of 21

Thinking good thoughts for you! I have several friends who have been through this and ended up with healthy babies. 

post #6 of 21
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The bleeding slowed and became brown spotting after a few days. Now it is very intermittent, and I can feel the baby fluttering about from time to time. Trying to stop worrying and enjoy this pregnancy!
post #7 of 21

It sounds like things are going better, kittywaltz.  I am glad to hear it.  Enjoy the flutters! 

post #8 of 21
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Well the bleeding started up again, so I went back in for another ultrasound.. the hematoma has grown. I'm still at the dr.. waiting to see what they say when they discharge me. Really bummed out that for the first time I'm facing a "high risk" pregnancy. I am not used to any problem I can't make positive actions towards solving. This whole wait and see thing is gonna kill me. greensad.gif

The only good news is that I saw the baby and that little person is quite busy. What a little squirmer. Adorable.
post #9 of 21

There are so many success stories with SH's, so try to stay positive.  That's the best you can do for you and your LO.  I know it is sooo hard though.  Praying for you.

post #10 of 21
I just found out Christmas Eve I have the same. There are actually 3 that range from 1 to 4 cm. I bled for about 12 hrs and cramped a lot. On bed rest still and haven't had anymore bleeding. Still sharp pains now and then and some uterine tenderness. I go Tuesday for a rescan at my specialist. Praying all will still be well. 11 wks 4 days as of now. Kitty waltz - did u have pain with the bleeding?
post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by kitty waltz View Post

Well the bleeding started up again, so I went back in for another ultrasound.. the hematoma has grown. I'm still at the dr.. waiting to see what they say when they discharge me. Really bummed out that for the first time I'm facing a "high risk" pregnancy. I am not used to any problem I can't make positive actions towards solving. This whole wait and see thing is gonna kill me. greensad.gif

The only good news is that I saw the baby and that little person is quite busy. What a little squirmer. Adorable.

 

how are you doing sadie?  thinking of you.  :hug

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by lucky#7 View Post

I just found out Christmas Eve I have the same. There are actually 3 that range from 1 to 4 cm. I bled for about 12 hrs and cramped a lot. On bed rest still and haven't had anymore bleeding. Still sharp pains now and then and some uterine tenderness. I go Tuesday for a rescan at my specialist. Praying all will still be well. 11 wks 4 days as of now. Kitty waltz - did u have pain with the bleeding?

Mine started out in the 1cm range, the first time I had an ultrasound.  When the bleeding increased I had another one done, and it had grown in size, closer to 4cm. If you want me to look at the paperwork I got and give you specifics to compare with your own experiences, let me know.  But from all I've read,  -worst case, incredibly rare scenarios can get to be much larger than 4 cm.  I did have painful cramping at first - its wasnt horrible like labor pains but it was like intermittent, uncomfortable menstrual cramping.  That was only during the first few days.  I've been bleeding now for a few weeks and it is really beginning to decrease.. it's  become brown spotting, and not very much of it!  The cramping was over after just a few days.  I have a midwife working w me who is going to help me monitor the situation and be sure it has gone away before I birth at home unassisted.  Never met a midwife like her - she respects my choices and isn't intrusive at all.  She assists women to birth in hospital but understands my desire to be very far away from there!  She gets it that I can't exactly give myself an ultrasound, lol.  I will get one in about a month to be certain the hematoma is gone.. but I am really starting to feel all is and will be well!  I do have an appt monday to chat w her and set up the ultrasound.. I'm sure she will use a handheld doppler and let me hear the baby for peace of mind.  I am honestly (finally!) starting to worry a lot less.  I hope your story is similar to mine.  I'll keep ya updated.. and let us know how you are doing as well @lucky#7 !

 

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 how are you doing sadie?  thinking of you.  :hug

Thanks so much Samantha!  :stillheart  I'm obviously getting through this somehow.  I've been a bit bummed out, but I think I see the sun through the clouds now.      coolshine.gif 

post #13 of 21
Thankyou so much for taking the time to respond smile.gif I am glad to hear your bleeding is slowing and you are not in pain. I have a friend who bled like you for weeks and all turned out well. Not sure how I have 3 and bleeding stopped so quickly. I still worry though as pain is there with walking and sitting upright too long.
So wonderful you have a supportive midwife! The specialist I see is a top rated perinatologist around here but he offers care to those delivering in the hospital or at home. And does family centered c section should it ever come to that. I have not chosen a primary OB yet. The group I was with last pregnancy has refused to see me anymore bc I ended up delivering at home. We do not have any birthing centers around here so not sure what I will choose to do this time.
The specialist recommended vit E to help the placenta reattach well. Also offered prescription progesterone as mine is extremely low but I have chosen not to take the Prog for now.
Are you taking any natural supplements to help?
Let me know how your appt goes Monday and I can update after I have my scan Tuesday.
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post #14 of 21
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Baby is healthy as I expected, and I have my final appointment w the midwife on the 30th, to be certain the bleeding has stopped.  

post #15 of 21

That's wonderful news, Kitty! Bring on the new year for more wonderful news.

post #16 of 21

Great news!

post #17 of 21
Kitty waltz -

My bleeding came back after a week of bed rest when I had to shower and go to the city for my follow up scan. On the way there I had a bad episode of pain all inside my uterus and then while waiting for the doctor after having the abdominal ultrasound a gush of blood came and just wouldn't stop. I soaked through my jeans and into the waiting room chair and then the ladies there got me a pad to sit on and helped me to his office.
He sad the baby was still perfect. That my thought to be 3 hematoma's is actually 1 6cm one. And that my placenta is lying perfectly over the cervix right now so he believes it is contributing to my bleeding and pain.
Sent home with pain meds and told to take my activity level to zero. No more than 3 bathroom trips. His goal by ordering this is to slow the bleeding as mine has become severe. I will follow up in 4 weeks unless things progress to a loss by then.
I have hope the placenta will move some. Until then though here I lay. With my 5 precious children and DH around me living as usual. greensad.gif tHis is the hardest thing ever.
I hope it is ok I posted all this here. I hated to start a new thread abt SCH.
post #18 of 21
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Oh no!! Of course its okay to post here. I'm so sorry to hear its gotten worse for you. Sounds really scary. I'm glad to hear the baby is ok.. I will keep you in my thoughts. Feel free to update and even pm me if you'd like some company. Bedrest is super boring.
post #19 of 21

lucky#7, gosh I hope things clear up.  How scary.  I know all about it, as I was on bedrest for 3 1/2 months with my past pregnancy.  Boring yes, but suits a purpose.  I sat and sat and sewed myself with white light and visualized healing.  Good luck mama, I hope things improve soon!

post #20 of 21
Lucky - I hope the bleeding slows and stops, and that your placenta creeps up the side of your uterus. I know bedrest is hard, but you can do it. Your family will adjust to the current circumstances. Much love mama.
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