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    Hi,

    I'd love to hear from anyone that has had this problem.

    Basically it's a blood clot under the placenta that causes bleeding throughout pregnancy. Sometimes it resolves itself, sometimes it does not, sometimes it grows bigger. Complications include miscarriage and preterm labour.

    I'm having a hard time living with this constant bleeding, pain and worry, and I would really love to hear how others cope who have had the same condition, and if they followed any rest recommendations, and how their pregnancy turned out.

    Thankyou

    Naomi


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    Hi Naomi,

    I have just read your post and realised no-one has replied. I am not sure whether you are still bleeding and still hoping to receive a reply? I don't think subchorionic haematomas are particularly common so thought I should reply. I guess I am a success story. I had two massive subchorionic haematomas during my pregnancy with Fergus. I bled extremely heavily from wks 5 - 19 (always fresh blood), then at wk 19 started leaking amniotic fluid. At wk 23 the amniotic membrane ruptured, ie waters broke. I was very lucky and went back out of labour so managed to keep Fergus in my tummy (albeit without a sac or amniotic fluid) for another 6 wks. I went back into labour naturally 11 wks before full term but Fergus was extremely distressed by the labour so I ended up with an emergency caesar. He was born 11 wks prematurely and was very sick at birth and needed resuscitation and weeks of ventillation in intensive care but managed to pull through.

    I took the rest suggestions extremely seriously and spent the entire pregnancy either on bed/couch rest at home. My mum temporarily moved in with us between Mondays and Fridays (she normally lives 3 hours away) and we hired a cleaner. Between the two of them (and my darling husband) I had the luxury of remaining very rested and calm through the pregnancy. After my waters broke in hospital I literally did not move into a standing position for 6 wks. Not sure whether the rest in the early part of the pregnancy helped keep the pregnancy going, however I belive the last 6 wks in hospital on complete bed rest were crucial to the survival of my little fella. I don't have any other children so far, so had the "luxury" of being able to devote myself to helping sustain the pregnancy. Not sure whether I'd be able to do it again with a subsequent pregnancy as Fergus would miss out on a lot while I was on bed/couch/hospital rest. Not to mention I don't have family living in Sydney to help out with his care.

    All the way through the pregnancy I was warned that it was extremely unlikely my pregnancy would continue. I also have the additional complication of a bicornuate uterus. I decided the best way to cope was to listen to my inner voice and forget the doom and gloom predictions. I honestly felt that my little bubba was meant to be and that he would make it to a viable age before being born. I was extremely lucky to receive excellent medical care (both obstetric and neonatal) and am now the very proud mummy to Fergus who's now almost 16 months old. It was by no means an easy pregnancy, and it's been a really tough 16 months helping him overcome his tough start, but as they say 'it's all worth it!'.

    Hope all goes well with the balance of your pregnancy. I have heard of a couple of women who's haematomas have resolved (the blood gets reabsorbed) and have continued on to have a normal full term pregnancy. I hope that is what happens with you.

    Please feel free to ask any questions either online or offline if you'd like (we can exchange email addys).
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    Hi Naomi,
    I too am in the same position as you. I found out at 8wks that I had a small Haematoma but didn't bleed till 15 1/2 weeks. I was told by my doctor that I could be cautiously optomistic that my pregnancy would continue as the bubs was thriving at the moment and seemed none the wiser to what was happening around them. Now at 17 1/2wks I just today have started to have a small bleed again. Befor my doctor just told me to rest and not to pick up my two year old. I've done this and thought I was healing and wouldn't have anymore problems, But I was wrong.
    So like you I would love to hear from others about what they did and how they coped.

    Regards
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    Hi!
    I had a hematoma as well which bled the first time just a little at 11 weeks and then bled LOADS at 13 weeks for 2 weeks. I was told to take it easy but that the outcome may or may not be affected by anything I did. When I was bleeding for the 2 weeks I stayed in bed the whole time. My daughter was born at 40 weeks absolutely perfect in every way so we were really lucky. As Kirsty says, try and stay positive and rest up. I hope everything works out for you!!
    Amber xoxo

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    Hi

    I have the same problem at moment I have had 3 ultrasounds all saying I have a subchorionic Haematoma. I have been getting Anti-D shots due to having the RH factor. The Doctor has put me on bed rest as I work as a Nurse and also attend Uni so he thinks I will over do it. I have not yet suffered with actual bleeding but I have had pain over the weeks which now I am 13 weeks and 3 days pregnant (with no 6) and Bub is looking fine (very active). Hopefully all will go well.

    Jennifer
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    I have the same - found on u/s at 6w. I was taking aspirin and was meant to start clexane for a clotting disorder I have. This was stopped by the OB.

    I had no bleeding until 10w when I had reddish spotting on wiping for about an hour. U/S was fine and *alf* was measuring to dates and bouncing around happily. Like Mum of 5, I am also a nurse and after a busy shift on Friday I had more bleeding (brownish this time lasting for an hour) and some cramping. This has settled so now I am just taking it easy and trying to remain calm and positive.

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    OK I'm one of the ones where it ended quite abruptly at 17 weeks. The cause was preterm labour after the repeat bleeding weakening the membranes. I'm not too sure of this because I went on to have another pregnancy that had no bleeding but my membranes broke again due to incomp cervix. I had bleeding that TMI drained throug clothes into puddles in a matter of seconds with no warning I think it was a large haematoma tho. I think it all depends on the individual preg I hope you all have a wonderful h&h pregnancy
    Bec

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    i was 5w 6days when i found out and cried for so long over it but there is a 98% chance of a normal preg dont let this get u down i have had another scan since and mine had gone from 2.1 cm to 11mm in just over a week keep being strong. my dr has told me they will just keep doin scans to see how it all is goin hope all goes well for you

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    I had one with Amy and was told to rest. It went away and she is perfectly healthy. Try not to worry yourself about it.

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    Tara,
    Hope all is better with your hematoma, just stay positive. I have just had my 19wk scan and my hematoma is now all liqiud and is slowly reabsorbing or passing out. I still have brownish spotting but I am hoping that this will finish soon as it is very annoying.
    The best advice I can give you is to think positive, my doctor told me that as long as enough placenta is attached to keep the baby growing and thriving everything will be ok.
    And a little stress about how your little miricle is in there isn't that bad, just means that you love them!
    Hope all goes well.

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    Hello

    I have just found out I have this condition as well (at my 12 week scan), I just went to the obs today who gave me a quick ultra sound and bubs is doing really well, but you could clearly see the heamorage above the baby. He has told me I am going through a threatend miscarrage at the moment and the biggest risk is going into early labour becuase of my waters breaking. I am petrified of this and have been crying since. I know there is nothing i can do, but it makes me feel better seeing positive stories.

    I am 13 weeks and 1 day today and so far the bleeding has stopped. He has put me on two weekly visits and I am know considered high risk.

    Im a nervous wreck at the moment as my first pregancy was no problems.

    He did say that 90% of women with this condition pull through ok. so thats a good thing

    Christine

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    I am 17 weeks pregnant and was dx with a subchronic hematoma at 9 weeks. I have been bleeding heavy on and off since 9 weeks. Last week was the worst, I started bleeding at work, so I called my Dr. She told me to go to the hospital, and that is where I spent the next 3 days with heavy bleeding. I was released from the hospital, but I am still bleeding heavy at night with cramping. I am starting to loose hope. I was offered no hope from my doctor, she thinks it's a matter of time before I miscarry. I do have a specialist, but I live in a rural area and he is an hour away, I have kept in close contact with him and his office. I can't work because the bleeding is awful, and I have a hard time raising my son (he's 3.) I haven't left the house in a week, and friends and family have been helping us out. I am just so scared, tired, and in pain a lot of the time. When I found this forum I was glad to see I was not alone, I wanted to post to try and get some of my helplessness off my chest. I do want a healthy baby, I am just loosing hope he will not make it.
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    Becky

    I just read your post, and Im really sorry you have been going through this. I can relate to your fears as I too have this problem. I am going to the Obs app on thursday for a checkup and I get Ultrasounds every two weeks to check that the clot is going away. (so far its stayed the same).

    Do you have anywhere you can get Ultrasounds done on a regular basis? When is your next ultrasound. Did they check to see if your cervix is still closed ? (that would be a good sign). Heavy bleeding dosnt necessarily mean bad news. It sounds to me like your not get the support you need. From what I have heard most people with this condition should really be on regular visits and ultrasounds to monitor your progress. Is there anyone else that you get can help from in your town?

    Christine

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    Hi,

    I had my 12 week scan, and despite explaining to the doctor that I was in pain in my abdomen, he did the scan and told me everything was going fine. They completely missed the hematoma.

    At 16 weeks, I woke up in the middle of the night bleeding heavily, they took me into hospital, and the nurse warned me that there was a huge chance of losing my baby, and why hadn't I mentioned the pain earlier!!??? I was in hospital for a week, then they sent me home to rest, telling me there were complications, and giving me 5 mg Valium every 12 hours to stop possible contractions.

    When I went back for a check up a week later, I was FINALLY told I had a hematoma the size of the baby's head, and that my regnancy is very high risk, although they won't give me facts and figures yet. They have told me that with rest and the meds, I could have a perfectly healthy baby, or there is always the possibility that the hematoma may make my body go into labour at any time (I am now 19 weeks) - I feel as though I'm living one day to the next, each day without glitches is another day crossed off unil the 28 week point! I look forward to my scans as if my life depends on it, and Im hoping that in a week, when I have my next scan, the hematoma may have shrunk...

    I know how you're feeling honey, be glad your doctors were there to help, I felt more as though mine were hiding somthing from me! Yes, follow the rest instructions!!! Don't get stressed, and remember, (even though I cried for 3 days after I found out), that stressing and upsetting yourself doesn't help your baby... Stay positive for him/her!!

    Good luck, and I hope your (and my!) body absorb the hematomas and that everyone who is going through this can have happy healthy kids!

    Kirsten x

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    This is a good little forum for us girls going through the same thing, its nice to know I am not alone. I started bleeding again yesterday evening but it is dark brown blood, so Im hoping its old blood (*maybe the clot is expelling itself). I havnt had much pain although I do get those heavy feeling backaches like a period pain from time to time. I also have woken up from pretty nasty pains in my abdomen as well, but it didnt last long. Hopefully we will all have happy endings but I feel like Im a walking time bomb most of the time, not knowing what the next day will bring.

    I cant wait till Thursday to get my ultrasound and see the Obs

    Christine

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    I have my fingers crossed for all of you, I know how you all feel and hope it works out for everyone. Please keep us posted!

    Amber xo

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    I also found out I have this. I found out on 12/12 at my first sono, I go back 12/28 to see where it is at. I am so scared and have heard both good and bad outcomes. I have not had any spotting at all since 12/8 and I am not sure if that is good or not. I wished you ladies the best of luck and pray our babies will be safe.

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    Hi girls, I am sending you lots of positive vibes and prayers that your little bundles will stay nice and safe. I was given no hope with Fergus - and look at us now! xx

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