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#1 of 7 Old 10-20-2010, 12:51 PM - Thread Starter
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Last week I had some bleeding and was sent for an ultrasound yesterday morning, and as it turns out I have a 4cm blood clot behind my placenta and need another ultrasound and non-stress test in 48 hrs.
I only briefly spoke to my doctor last night, she left a message for me to call her on her cell phone so instantly I knew something was wrong. I didn't ask any questions then I was at a bit of a loss for what to say and I don't see her until after my second ultrasound now.
Has anyone had this, or know anything about blood clots behind the placenta?
I'm so stressed out they'll require I have a c-section now
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No advice or knowledge, but I'm sorry that you have this worry now. If you don't get a response here, maybe try the main pregnancy board for a wider audience?
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i have an online friend who had a blood clot behind her placenta caused by when her toddler jumped on her belly (caused a huge visible bruise, too, ouch) she said the doctors told her that the jump caused a small placental abruption, and that since she wasn't having any actual bleeding, there wasn't much to be done about it, other that watch and make sure it doesn't get bigger. she is having at least weekly u/s i think and it has remained the same size, so they think everything is ok. she is still having a homebirth.

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I also had a friend who had a clot behind the placenta, though much earlier along. In her case, it was probably because she was on blood thinners. Anyways, she went on to have a healthy baby! My understanding is that it's a potentially weak spot in the attachment, but if it just stays as it is currently and doesn't grow, it probably won't be a problem.

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I don't know if it's considered the same thing, but with my last pregnancy, I had a ton of blood at 12.5 weeks & a u/s showed a sub-chorionic hemorrhage (a blood clot where the placenta attaches to the uterine wall.) There wasn't anything to be done for it at the time, just wait & see - but that was at 12.5 weeks. I was told that my baby might be a bit smaller for it, but Ds was born at exactly 40 weeks & weighed a healthy 8lbs, 5oz & 22" - so no worries in that dept.

Hopefully yours won't cause any trouble either.

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I had a subchorionic hematoma early on (11ish weeks) and was told that my clot was behind the placenta. I bled a ton at first then spotted off and on for a while and when I was checked again at 18 weeks, it had resolved. All along, my midwife didn't seem terribly concerned about it and it never affected my birth plans, but it was also a lot earlier in my pregnancy than yours is. My midwife did say that had it persisted, she would have done another ultrasound in my 3rd tri to see if it had gotten any bigger and then would monitor it after that.

That probably doens't help you at all. I recommend trying not to worry until you have your next ultrasound and you can talk to your doctor. My hunch is that you'll just have to be monitored a little more. Let us know how it goes!

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When I was in the hospital at the beginning of this month for bleeding they found a blood clot behind my placenta as well (over my cervix, and a vaginal ultrasound to check on the previa was likely what caused the bleeding and clotting). Baby and I are doing fine now, and we only have a c-section scheduled because of the previa, not the clot (which is no longer there and healed up).

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