K.B. asks from Cumming, GA on October 26, 2009
Has anybody out there been diagnosed with a subchorionic hemorrhage in their first or second trimester??? I cannot seem to find anyone who has even heard of this. I got pregnant months ago, but didn't know it because I kept having my period, although now that I am bleeding almost all the time, I realize it wasn't my period. The dr. finally found a 4cm subchorionic hemorrhage and said that is what is causing all the bleeding, which sometimes gushes out quite forcibly. It is completely disgusting. I am 14 weeks and every ultrasound I have had has been fine. Just saw the dr. and he said that there is nothing that can be done and to come back in a month for a regular checkup. Apparently, this can go away on its own and we should know closer to 20 weeks if it will... In the meantime, I feel horrible, I hate all the bleeding, it is driving me crazy! Would love to hear from someone else who has experienced this~ I read it is quite rare, effecting on 1% of pregnancies...
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D.P. answers from Atlanta on October 27, 2009
I would find it encouraging that you're already to 14 weeks. I'm sure you're freaked out -- I know I would be! I guess just follow your doctor's advice.
I found this: "Call your practitioner; an ultrasound may be ordered to see whether there is indeed a hematoma, how large it is, and where it’s located. Depending on the findings, as well as on your practitioner’s preferences, he or she may put you on strict bed rest, insist you refrain from lifting heavy objects, and avoid exercise. In most cases, you’ll be asked to avoid sexual intercourse until the hematoma dissolves and disappears." (found it on whattoexpect.com)
And the answers here might help you: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_subchorionic_bleeding_mean...
Good luck to you!!!
M. answers from Atlanta on October 27, 2009
I had a ssubchorionic hemmhorage when I was 15 weeks pregnant with my daughter. Before that I just had some small brown spotting once or twice but when that happened I was gushing blood and chunks (TMI) and thought for sure I was having a miscarriage. I went in to the ER and they did an ultrasound and baby was fine but they told me I had the hemmhorage. They explained it as the placenta tore away in a spot and this "pocket" filled with blood and that was what was coming out. they did also say there was nothing they could do and usually they do heal on their own but sometimes you can lose the baby. they monitored me closely with ultrasound every other week and by about 20 weeks or so, it had healed. I was put on pelvic rest for the rest of the pregnancy and couldn't do any strenous exercise. I saw a high risk OB, since I was also over 35. The bleeding stopped and I went on to have a normal pregancy and delivery and my daughter is now 3 1/2 years old. I know it's nerve wracking but try not to stress about it too much.
R.S. answers from Savannah on October 29, 2009
Red raspberry is excellent for bleeding (both internal and external) and is safe to use during pregnancy. I would suggest finding a good herbalist to work with.
J.L. answers from Atlanta on October 27, 2009
I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. I was diagnosed with a SCH in my first trimester, except I did not have the external bleeding. Sometimes SCH do not bleed externally. Of course, I worried night and day. If you are concerned, I second what a previous poster said about going to a high-risk OB. At least seeing a sonogram more frequently might help calm any fears you are having.
Just try to take care of yourself and rest whenever you can. I understand that is hard when you are already caring for 3 other kids. It might be a good time to get some extra help if you can.
Hang in there and don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions. Researching on the internet will only make you worry more (at least it did for me so I had to quit looking it up). If you are interested in switching doctors, I'd be glad to recommend mine....just send me a message. I can also recommend a good neonatal specialist.
R.H. answers from Atlanta on October 27, 2009
How are you? I had a subchorionic hemorrhage when I was pregnant with my now 2.5 yr old son. It first started at 12 weeks I think and I was in the ER 3 times in 10 days. I got stuff from the health food store and it stopped bleeding. I took it VERY easy for the rest of the pregnancy and unfortunately got it again (cuz didn't exactly take it easy) then I was put on bed rest for 6 weeks! I lived in TX at the time and had a great Dr. She kept me on Progesterone vafinal suppositories for the entire first trimester, then I took Enzymedica-K from health store to heal the hemorrhage. Dependant on the health store that you have the names of the pills may vary. You can also take Bayberry. They will not hurt you as they are all natural. Beware though that there are a list of ones that you can not take, if you want this list than email me & I can email you that. Go to the store nearest you and ask for this and they should either have same one or similar one. Also look at these links, it is not uncommon or and not as serious as you may have been told they do go away:
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Will help in any way I can. I know how hard it is, just keep looking ahead at the light at the hend of the tunnel - your baby, it will all be worth it in the end. Hope this helps. Have a great week.
C.M. answers from Charleston on October 27, 2009
I had that with my daughter in the first trimester, but not as frequent or as long as yours. Mine did go away on its own, but I was put at a high-risk with pelvic-rest until it did and had to go in for ultrasounds every 2 weeks (I was 8 weeks at the time of diagnosis). I was 12 weeks when I was returned to a normal status. Maybe you can get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with your doc's decision.
FYI-I read a study that states pregnancy bleeding is a factor in developmental delays, including Autism, so just keep that in mind-my dd is now enrolled in Early Intervention for a speech delay and OT, due to other red flags, will also be evaluated for autism in January when she turns 2.
T.K. answers from Atlanta on October 27, 2009
I had the exact same thing with my pregnancy in 2007. It did correct itself and go away on its on. I took it easy for the most part with seemed to help.
Beside that issue, my pregnancy had lots of other problems besides that going on. I actually lost my baby to Trisomy 18 chromosome disorder at 37 weeks. I don't think that the hemorrhage had anything to do with it, just a coicendence.
Please keep me posted to how you are doing. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Anything like this can be hard. Try not to worry, it will be fine. BTW- I do have a very healthy 10 month old now, who is simply the most precious little person ever.
R.D. answers from New York on October 26, 2009
Hope you are feeling well! I had and SH when I was pregnant with my son who is now 4 yrs old. My OB did not seem concerned and from what I have read it is more common then thought, perhaps being the leading cause of bleeding during pregnancy when it is not a miscarriage (meaning that it is unrelated). Mine lasted until about 20 wks. I really did think I was having a miscarriage every time it happened and was so relieved at every sonogram! the bleeding for me would occur every few weeks and every time I had a sono to check...usually happened after going to the bathroom. There is a website called fertilityties.com..I have nothing to do with the website yet I often go on there when I have ob questions or to search for it and see all of the past Q&As..i do remember there being a question about this.
Best of luck! Again, my ob was fine with it...mine did reabsorb. If you are really concerned I would switch to a high risk ob.