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Enough lurking already... I'm officially joining in!<br><br>
Wondering if anyone has had any experience with subchorionic hematoma. Got the news during a scheduled ultrasound last week and got the talking to by the OB who happened to be on hand. Potentially very scary!<br><br>
I think I may have had the same thing with my son (now 4), but it was discovered by my regular midwife and she told me not to worry. So I didn't, and no problems.<br><br>
I don't know if I just got the OB worse-case-scenario because it was an OB vs. my midwife, but I'm way more freaked out this time around. Has anyone had this problem?
 

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I have no advice, but just wanted to say welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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Welcome! Sorry, no advice.
 

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Hello and welcome! I'm sorry I don't have any advice either, but maybe you might be better off posting in the general "I'm Pregnant" forum with "subchorionic hematoma" in the title. I bet you get a lot more helpful responses that way. People just happening by while browsing the new posts might see it and have good advice.<br><br>
Of course, I hope you stick around this forum too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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Welcome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have heard about those. I actually had a subchorionic hemmorage last Thursday which was pretty scarry. The way I understood it was hematoma you have is a blood clot, I believe. Mine was a tear in the placenta. I started bleeding a lot bright red but it did pass and clear up within 24 hours which means it healed itself.
 

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Hello and welcome Greenmountainmomma,<br><br>
I am more of a lurker myself, but I have some second hand experience with a subchorionic hematoma, since my sister who is due in October is having one. She has been spotting and occasionally bleeding heavier since she was about 7 weeks.<br>
All her doctor said they would do was monitor closely and she was ordered to stay off her feet as much as possible, she's going in for an u/s every other week and the hematoma has been shrinking and is now almost gone (at 15 weeks).<br>
I know it's easier said than done, but try not to worry too much and take it easy. My sis was told that it is a relatively common complication and more likely to resolve itself in a positive way than not, especially if the position of the hematoma favorable (as in does not interfere with getting nutrients to the babe).<br>
Maybe you can go back and talk to your doctor or midwife about it, I hate when doctors just tell you the worst case scenario but don't actually explain to you what is happening in your individual case.
 

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Welcome to MDC.<br><br>
I supported a doula client who had one. Started early in pregnancy, bleeding, etc.. It's basically a blood clot between the layers of the amniotic sac. They usually heal themselves. This mama's healed by 30 weeks. She was instructed to do strict bedrest. Bedrest has not been know to improve the outcomes but she did it anyway.<br><br>
Lots of rest. Watch for too much bleeding. Take supplements that strengthen the amniotic sac.
 

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I had one. I started spotting at about 4 weeks and continued to spot and cramp on and off until about 8 weeks. An ultrasound at 6 weeks showed it was gone (they dissolve) and I still spotted for 2 more weeks a little bit.<br><br>
As for the cramping I had, my CNM told explained it to me like this- the uterus knows how to do limited things- and cramping is one it does well. It recognized the clot as an "invader" or parasite and cramped to get rid of it. So the pain wasn't as scary after she told me that.<br><br>
I still keep in touch with my previous CNM since moving out of state and she also told me that while a subchorionic bleed is not NORMAL, they are VERY COMMON and not to worry.<br><br>
Everyone told me that while I shouldn't be running marathons (not that I ever did <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) that going for walks or doing my normal routine would not hurt anything- I don't think it can "rupture"- it's actually a clot where the sperm permeated your uterus. Sometimes if it embeds in just the right spot, you get a clot.<br><br>
BTW, the ER is the one who found it and they scared the living crap out of me- but after much research and talking to other OBs and midwives, I found out that it's really not that big of a deal. I think there is a very small percentage of women who have the clot too close to the yolk sack of the baby or something and they have to make sure it's not detracting from the baby's wellbeing, but if they haven't told you anything like this, then it's probably just a run-of-the-mill sort.<br><br>
If you're really scared, ask for a second U/S to ease your mind in a few weeks. My midwife wasn't opposed to this for us so we could feel more comfortable knowing it was gone and everything was okay. Better to have a relaxed mama than a stressed one.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
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Hello and welcome to MDC. Hope to see you around. You've gotten some very good advice from PPs and I have no personal experience, so I won't add anything.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Hello and welcome! I'm sorry I don't have any advice either, but maybe you might be better off posting in the general "I'm Pregnant" forum with "subchorionic hematoma" in the title. I bet you get a lot more helpful responses that way. People just happening by while browsing the new posts might see it and have good advice.<br><br>
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welcome -- you might also try Birth and Beyond -- to "catch" people who have BTDT and are done with the preggo -- YK? as opposed to people, here or in teh Im Preggo area, who are currently preggo.....<br><br>
Just an idea<br><br>
Aimee
 

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in the Birth Professionals Forum...all about subchorionic hematoma. HTH.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?t=654052" target="_blank">http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=654052</a>
 

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Thank you all for you welcomes and advice!<br><br>
Got a call from my midwife today with the results from the ultrascreen (which was the reason I had the ultrasound in the first place). I'd been so worried about the hematoma, I hadn't even thought to worry about screening results! Which are fine... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
She hadn't really noticed the GIANT BLEEDING WOUND in my uterus. Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little. But not much. Like a fool, I asked for the dimensions of the hematoma -- 5 cm by 6cm by 2cm. I'm 13 wks and had no idea my uterus was big enough to accomodate both a placenta and jumbo hematoma! Wish I hadn't asked how big it was...<br><br>
She called up the OB and set up an "action plan" for dealing with the monster, which will be another ultrasound in 2 weeks to see what it's doing. Am I irradiating my baby? With my son I had 2 US TOTAL. I will have had 4 before 20 weeks with this one... arg.<br><br>
The plus side -- the incessant brown bleeding that I've had for the last 2 months seems to be slowing down. Hopefully that will last...<br><br>
I'll just try to think shrinking thoughts for the next 2 weeks.<br><br>
Thanks for the support.
 

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Think of it this way. There are risks for multiple ultrasounds. Do not consent to a test unless something can be done with the results. Ultrasounds monitoring it will do nothing other than see what it's doing. Nothing can be done to make the hematoma go away. So why do ultrasounds at all? As most have said here already, they go away on there own... there's no treatment for them. Just my two cents.
 
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