Subchorionic Hematoma 13 W Any Information

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jen327 - January 28

Hi, I am 13 weeks pregnant today and was diagnosed with a subchorionic hematoma. It is 19ml, I was on bedrest for a week. I go back to work on Monday. I am scared and have not been able to get any information. My OB seems to think it will go away and it is not a big deal and it should not affect the pregnancy. Can anyone offer any information about this condition? Thank you in advance.


mama2boys - January 29

Jen, my cousin had one. Lots of bleeding, and 100% bedrest from 9 weeks until something like 34 weeks. She had lots of ultrasounds and the hematoma did decrease and eventually go away. I'm surprised your doc hasn't kept you on bedrest. Of course, my cousin had a VERY paranoid doctor... Have you had lots of bleeding? She had TONS--went to ER at least twice thinking they'd lost the baby, had to wear heavy-duty pads, etc. Her doc told her that the reason it can be dangerous is that the blood that's sitting there outside of the amniotic sac can irritate the sac (meaning that it could cause the water to break, I a__sume). I'm sorry that this is all I know.


jen327 - January 29

Mama2boys, thank you so much for your response. My Dr is not paranoid at all, I am, so I have a second opinion Monday. I did stay on bed rest for 1 week, but this was the 3rd ER visit for bleeding. I am prepared to take off Short Term Disability if I need to. I just want a healthy baby!


momtbc - January 30

JEN - I was diagnosed with a subchorionic bleed with my last pregnancy and with this pregnancy. With the last pregnancy it wasn't diagnosed until 11 weeks. At that point it was absorbing back into my body and was not a threat to the pregnancy. I had gone through bouts of bleeding - nothing heavy - at the beginning of the pregnancy. With this pregnancy I was diagnosed with a subchorionic bleed at 7 weeks. I was on light duty - not strict bed rest - until 12 weeks. At that point my bleed has absorbed. My doctor explained it as a pocket of blood that fills up and works it's way out through the cervix as your baby takes up more room. Your body will either expel the blood through your cervix or it will reabsorb it. I lost a little blood this time but my body eventually absorbed it. I know that your risk of miscarriage goes up when you have the bleed so that is why they put you on bedrest. But as long as they can keep picking up the heartbeat the baby should be fine. I had one doctor who basically blew off the severity of the bleed and another doctor who really was cautious. I think it is based on what they believe and if they think it is a strong pregnancy or not. If your doctor only put you on bedrest for a week, it seems as though they are pretty confident that it is a healthy pregnancy. Good luck and keep us informed.


jen327 - January 30

Thank you momtbc, I actually saw the Perinatalogist for the u/s today, it was still there, same size, but he said the baby looked great. He said he wanted me back on bed rest until 15 weeks, so 2 1/2 more weeks, but just to take the strain off the placenta since the bleed was at the bottom by my cervix. So that makes me feel better. I am not just chillin in bed.


Stephie14 - January 31

Hi Jen! I had a subchorionic hematoma dx a little over 7wks after I had some bleeding. I wasn't put on bedrest, just pelvic rest. The bleeding stopped the same day but returned almost 2wks later. Again, was just put on pelvic rest. I had an ultrasound around 11 weeks and it was then described as "a very small subchorionic hematoma" so it did decrease in size. I'll be 18wks on Friday and haven't had bleeding since. My friend had the same thing and the rest of her pregnancy was uneventful. I'm sure you have nothing to worry about. Just take it easy and I'm sure you'll be fine! Best of luck!



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