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Subchorionic haematoma @ 17 weeks (sensitive)

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Hello you wonderful ladies,

Apologies for posting here as I know I could go to the NCT page, but to be honest I find you lot so much more helpful and informed.

I had a scan last week that showed a large haematoma in my uterus. I’m bleeding brown blood mainly but it’s not stopping. I’ve been reassured by the sonographer that all is ok and it just needs to work it’s way out, but it’s so stressful seeing blood every day. This morning it was a bit more reddish (still old blood I assume)

Has anyone experienced this and how long did it last? I can’t keep going for scans every time I freak out so really need some way to manage my stress level. Any tips would be gratefully received

Xxx

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Hi Millbanks

I’m sorry you’re going through this stress! I’ve been there and know how nerve-wracking it is! If you look at my old posts, you’ll see that I had it for a while, bled on and off for about 6 weeks. Try not to stress, it’ll go away.

What I did was lots of Vit C (I made my own cranberry drinks), bone broth, protein and rest. I also took some supplements, I need to check which ones. I did a ton of research on healing it because I was freaking out so much. Just remember that it’s super common and in most cases the outcomes are good. There’s a Facebook group called Subchorionic Haematoma support and it was helpful to me.

Try and relax, I know it’s awful seeing blood every day but it’ll resolve soon. Try not to do too much physically because I found it aggravated it.

Wishing you the best!

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Millbanks in reply to Lisichka

Hi lovely, thank you so much for your message - it has made me feel a lot better! Sorry you had to experience this too. It's so stressful. Thanks for the tips and I'll check out the facebook page. Thankfully bubba is fine, just wriggling around as usual - not affected by it. It's just the last thing you want to see hey!

It really helps knowing that others have experienced it and had good outcomes.

Hope you're doing really well xxx

Oh lovely, I’m so sorry you’re having to go through this. I had one earlier on, it wasn’t present on my viability scan at 7 weeks but when I had a follow up scan 10 days later after brown spotting for a few days, they picked up the pocket of blood.

A week after that I had a huge gush of bright red blood when I went to stand up. Went through my all clothes and everything. Had a scan the next morning which showed the pocket of blood was now tiny so it had just bleed out. I had light brown bleeding to spotting for about a week after and then it finally stopped. On my 12 week scan, the SCH had completely gone.

I know it’s terrifying and honestly after everything you’ve been through, the last thing you want to be dealing with. Take comfort in the sonographers words that’s it just needs to resolve itself. Big hugs xxx

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Millbanks in reply to KiboXX

Oh my gosh that sounds terrifying!! You poor thing. So glad all was ok. Mine so far has just been brown, and I guess that it's just taking it's time to come out. I do feel reassured by the sonographer but honestly it's so helpful to hear your stories - they are the most reassuring of all.

Hope all is well with you now xx

Hey, I’m 16 weeks and also have a SCH so I totally feel you and understand the stress.

I had my first bleed at 12 weeks which included a big gush like Kibo mentions. Then another big gush at 14 weeks. I’ve had nothing for 10 days now and really keeping my fingers crossed. I’ve got another scan next week to check it. Mine is 2cm in size.

They basically advised me to rest as much as possible. They even said that hoovering is too strenuous right now. So I’m working from home and spending a lot of time sitting down. I’m hoping that this will help and that by next weeks scan we might see some progress.

It’s absolutely awful having bleeds. My EPAU have been so good and they’ve basically said to come in every time I have a big bleed for a scan. I’m also rhesus negative so have to have an anti-D injection each time. Nothing is ever straightforward is it.

So my advice would be take it as easy as you possibly can until it resolves and give the EPAU a call whenever you need to. Xxx

Oh no! I'm so sorry you are going through this too. Mine is massive - 10cm :(So I guess it'll take a while longer to go. I've not had any big gushes yet, just a slightly larger amount in the mornings (which makes sense that its slowly leaking through the cervix during the night and then when you stand up....)

I am definitely going to rest up - I'm working from home anyway so will just stay here. I've been told not to lift anything heavier than a kettle :)

Oh man, no, nothing is ever straightforward. Here was I thinking that after such a mission getting pregnant maybe we'd get a smooth pregnancy - HA! Fool!

Thanks so much - I hope yours settles down too - keep in touch xxx

Hi. I hope you don’t mind me jumping in and asking - but I’m rhesus negative too and have had some bleeding (I’m 9 weeks today). Just one day (and 8 weeks) it was bright red and then spotted brown for a week afterwards - I’m just wondering whether I should have mentioned being rhesus negative when I spoke to the hospital? Do you know if it would need to be a big gush before they would want to give you an anti-d shot? Or have you been given them after lighter bleeds too? xx

Hey, so they say you need to have the anti-D injection within 72 hours of having the bleed so there’s probably not much point calling them if it’s been a while since it happened. Maybe ask your midwife? I didn’t even know I was rhesus negative until the midwife told me, the hospital didn’t! In theory one anti-D injection lasts for 4 weeks, but if you have a heavy bleed in between they recommend another xxx

Ah ok thank you. If anything happens again I will call the hospital. Otherwise I’m seeing the midwife next Friday so will chat to her about it then. Lots of luck with the rest of your pregnancy xx

Thanks you too! Xx

Hey lovely, can't offer advice but just wanted to send you a massive hug. I can imagine how scary seeing blood so often is (I had some bleeding for 2 days at about 7 weeks and that was bad enough). My very limited understanding is that they are usually not a problem for the baby, just unpleasant to live with. xx

You're so kind, thank you. Yep blood is terrifying! I think you are right - just have to keep reminding myself that. Hope you're doing well my lovely xxx

I also just wanted to say i'm sorry you're experiencing this. I've had brown blood on and off during 12-14 weeks and I've only ever had it before my period (i.e., disappointment each failed month) or with a chemical, so I always associate it with pretty negative things. My midwife said brown blood is normal and only to call in if it got very heavy or bright red - she said it's quite common with changes to the cervix, hormonal shifts, pressure on cervix etc. Not the same as what you have and if I were in your shoes I would be very anxious (not that medically there's actually something to worry about and sounds like you're being looked after and reassured, just I can understand how worried you must be). Hopefully the others on here who've experienced this can make you feel better it will be ok xx

YES - that is exactly it! The association with my period is just what is so scary. I have to keep reminding myself that it's not a period - its the haematoma. I'm sorry you experienced bleeding too. Just so rubbish. My hospital are being amazing to be fair and said the same thing. So hoping it just continues to work its way out..Hope you're doing ok xxx

Yep, and the cramps which I know I should think of as completely normal (and even a good sign that things are stretching as they should), but it's the association with a period/loss and also sometimes they just really ache which panics me. Wish I could enjoy all this like and just be a 'normal' obsessive symptom-spotting first time mum :) I'm sure you'll be fine and to the extent you can get time to relax, try to take time off physically and mentally x

Aw I know. I’m so grateful to have had the option of ivf but I do find it robs us of so much of the “normal” joy of getting and being pregnant… Just the constant worry. How will we make it to 40 weeks in one piece 😫❤️❤️❤️ Xx

Hi Millbanks, sorry I can’t offer any advice as I’ve never experienced it. Just wanted to wish you well and after reading all of the other replies I’m sure everything will be ok, look after yourself and take it easy x x x

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Millbanks in reply to Char2383

Thank you - that's so sweet. I do feel reassured which is why I love this forum so much. There's always someone who has experienced what you are going through :)I hope you're enjoying your time out - have you decided on next steps yet? xx

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Char2383 in reply to Millbanks

Thank you for remembering me and my story :) I’ve really enjoyed the time out and we’ve achieved some other big life goals (buying and moving house!) so feeling good about that. We actually get the results back from a lot of blood tests today and having a chat with our consultant. I’m hoping we’ll have a new plan by the end of today 🤞🏼 We’re hoping to do another EC before Christmas xx

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Millbanks in reply to Char2383

That’s brilliant!! Congratulations 🥳 Must be a very exciting time for you 😬

And that’s great news, I love having a plan. It really helps to keep the momentum going or you just lose energy for it.

Fingers crossed xxx

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Char2383 in reply to Millbanks

Thanks lovely ☺️ Take care of yourself and bump xxx

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Millbanks in reply to Char2383

🥰❤️

I don't know the first thing about this but I do know it must be ruddy terrifying and such a worry and wanted to send you a huge hug xx

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Millbanks in reply to Daisy1245

Aww thanks lovely - yup pretty freaking terrifying. But you lot are all amazing and I feel better already.Have you had your referral letter yet? Sending a huge hug to you too - what a shit show hey xxx

Thanks Lord I haven't experienced myself therefore no advises from me. Just wanted to send a hug and a bit of positivity from me. Stay strong! As my husband always says to me "you are a hero" this is what I am telling you also. Lots of love ♥️😍

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Millbanks in reply to Ranchu90

Thank you lovely - I love this!! My husband said I was a "trooper" but I like hero more ;)

Hope you're doing well! xx

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Ranchu90 in reply to Millbanks

😂 good one! I am doing just ok for "my condition" 😅😂, panicking for 2-3 seconds and back to normal. Contractions?😵 No contractions!!🤦 All day long 🤠😂😂

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Millbanks in reply to Ranchu90

Oh bless you!! This makes me laugh and cry! Who knew it would be so complicated 🤣😬 xx

Hey. So sorry that you have this on your plate at the moment - it sounds really stressful! From what you have said and from many of the comments it sounds positive and like it is likely to be something that will sort itself out - but I’m guessing that doesn’t really stop how terrifying it is when it happens! So just wanted to send a huge hug. Hold on in there lovely, you are doing great!! 💪😘 xxx

Thank you - a hug for you too just because :)

Fingers crossed it just works its way out and will stop. Sick of it already and it's only been a week. Thankfully the hospital are being amazing and checking regularly how I'm doing.

Hope you're good xxx

Hi Millbanks, no experience to offer , just to say sorry you’re going through more stress after everything you’ve already gone through!! but sounds like it’s all going to be ok (if unpleasant), wishing you all the best and a big hug and hopefully it all settles down soon 🤗💪 xx

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Millbanks in reply to McQueeny

Thanks lovely. Feels like I’m being tested!! But I’m clinging on 😬❤️ I’m sure it’ll be ok, the bleeding seems to tail off during the day so at least it’s not constant..How are you? Did you decide to go with the ERA/ALICE/EMMA? Xxx

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McQueeny in reply to Millbanks

Ah that’s good 😊 glad to hear!

I don’t know - I keep changing my mind. Initially I thought I might as well do them, so I don’t wonder what if. Then I spoke to a couple of people close to these things who said evidence of them being useful is quite low…. So thought I wouldn’t waste my time, go with our frozen embryo and then think again if it doesn’t work. But THEN, I decided to give acupuncture a try, and now I’m thinking, if I want to really let acupuncture make a difference surely I should do it for 2-3 months before trying our frozen - so might as well do the tests in the meantime??!

So I’ve got no idea what to do now, need to do some thinking 🤪

Have you done any of those? xxx

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Millbanks in reply to McQueeny

Argh the relentless nightmare of trying to decide what to do!!Yes I did the ERA and it showed I needed 24 hours extra progesterone. I also did 8 months of acupuncture throughout my 5 failed FETs, and stopped in January this year. In July got my BFP….. go figure!! But I actually hated it, I found the needles really stressful so who knows, it could have actually been detrimental.

I think what really nailed it for me was the steroids 🤷🏼‍♀️ Xxx

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McQueeny in reply to Millbanks

Ah wow! Maybe the ERA is worth doing then, I’ve heard a couple of people mentioned changes to progesterone doses . As for acupuncture, it’s to hard to tell, isn’t it! I know a couple of people who swear by it, others who hate it 🙃 I’ve never tried it so I think I’ll give it a go and see how I get on.

I did have thyroid / thrombophilia etc tested and so far all is normal, though I do know the steroids relate to immune issues don’t they? So we’ll chat through that too xxx

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Millbanks in reply to McQueeny

Yes I think both worth a shot!!Steroids are to help lower the immune system and stop the body rejecting the embryos.. makes the most sense of all to me! Xx

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McQueeny in reply to Millbanks

Yes that does make sense…. :) thanks ☺️ Xx

Lots of love and hugs to you hun and hope it sorts itself out soon. You've got this 💪🤗😘😘 xx

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Millbanks in reply to Lots8788

Thanks gorge xxx

Sorry you are going through this. I know how terrified I was when I had bleeding at 10 weeks then brown blood at 14 to 16 weeks. My bright red bleed was unexplained but my brown blood was from a cervical ectopian which resolved itself in a couple of weeks.

As others have said, as long as baby is fine, this is what matters. Hope it tapers off soon and things continue to go smoothly with the baby 😊

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Millbanks in reply to JoyfulStar

Thank you for your kind words. That sounds stressful too! Yes thankfully bubs is fine 🥰I hope all is going well for you xx

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JoyfulStar in reply to Millbanks

Yes thank you. Having some classic symptoms from second trimester i.e dizzy spells, a bit of insomnia but the good thing is the baby is kicking up a storm which is reassuring. 😊

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Millbanks in reply to JoyfulStar

That’s brilliant! How many weeks are you now? Xx

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JoyfulStar in reply to Millbanks

I am 26 weeks today. Started feeling kicking from about 20 weeks xxx

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Millbanks in reply to JoyfulStar

Lovely ❤️❤️

I had one from 7 weeks, my GP signed me off work for 2 months with it. It only bled once thankfully but was there for the whole two months although you could see it gradually disappearing on scans

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Millbanks in reply to Running79

Wow that’s a long time! I’m definitely going to stay home as much as possible. X

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Running79 in reply to Millbanks

Definitely and don’t overdo anything. I’m 35 weeks now so have other challenges coming up x

Oh hun, so sorry to see this - I know how scary it can be to see any blood during pregnancy. Didn’t have one myself but do remember seeing lots of positive stories of it resolving during my time here.

Also so bloody pleased to see you’re at 17 weeks 🥰😍 almost at the halfway point!! Hope you’ve been doing okay lovely - sounds like this Bubba is a warrior like it’s mummy 🥰☺️ Xxxx

Aww thank you lovely, that so sweet of you ❤️All these wonderful ladies have reassured me so just going to rest and not worry!

How are you??? You must be ready to pop 🥰 xxx

I’m glad you’re able to rest and put your feet up - so important!

I’m doing well hun, I popped 6 weeks ago 😱and baby boy is here 🥰 he’s an absolute darling but keeping me sleep deprived as expected but the cuddles and snuggles are well worth it! It still feels extremely surreal though! Can’t quite believe he is mine! Not too long til you’ll also be saying the same thing ❤️🥰😍 xxx

Oh congratulations 🥳 that’s fantastic news my lovely!! So pleased all is well. Haha I imagine the sleep deprivation is 100% worth it after all we’ve been through. So so happy for you!Ahhh yes, cannot wait 🥰❤️🥰

Thank you lovely - will be continuing to keep an eye on here for your updates 😍 xxx

Argh how stressful 😫 I can't offer any advice but it looks like this is pretty common. Sorry you're having all this worry and anxiety Lovely. Every day is a day closer to your dream xx

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Millbanks in reply to AuroraXen

Thanks lovely, I think you’re right. Hopefully it’ll just clear up in a few weeks and then things will just tick along…. It’s never easy!Hope you’re doing well 😬❤️ Xx

Hey Hun, I had spotting at 13 weeks after stopping progesterone and the scan showed a subchronic haematoma. My consultant advised I go back on the pessaries and the spotting stopped.

At 18 weeks (coinciding with baby movements getting a little stronger ❤️) I had another bleed - this time much more blood - ranging from brown to pink to orange and every time I went to the loo and on the liner. Sometimes with small clots too. It eventually slowed down and stopped after about 7-10days.

My haematoma was only about 3cm though.. so you may bleed heavier/ for longer but as long as the sac is bigger than the haematoma and your cervix is closed you should be absolutely fine.

Try to rest as much as you can, you got this mama 💪🏽

I’m now 31 weeks and still on the progesterone (probably to help with anxiety more than anything! ) but since 18 weeks I’ve not had anything xx

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Millbanks in reply to Nala_01

Thank you so much for your message. And so pleased to hear yours cleared up and all is well now. My consultant also put be back on cyclogest and thankfully I’ve not had any red bleeds, just brown which reassures a bit anyway.I wonder if it’s to do with baby growing and moving too, plus I have a low lying placenta (right over my cervix) which probably doesn’t help!

My cervix is still closed so fingers crossed it stays that way.

Hope all continues smoothly for the rest of your pregnancy ❤️❤️❤️ Xxx

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Nala_01 in reply to Millbanks

It may be the little one! 😂 I felt my first big kick the same day the bleeding started and I thought little Madame doesn’t like sharing her home so kicked the haematoma out of the way!

Sounds like you’re doing all the right things. Just take it one day at a time and the weeks will pass ❤️Hopefully as the pregnancy progresses your placenta will lift up and out of the way too as it’s common to have spotting with a low lying placenta.

All the best xxx

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Millbanks in reply to Nala_01

Hehe! That’s actually a very good point. I’ve not felt any big kicks yet but I know babe is very wriggly from all the scans I’ve had.

Yes fingers crossed!!

How are you doing at 31 weeks? Xxx

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Nala_01 in reply to Millbanks

I was on bed rest since the first bout of spotting at 13 weeks till about 23 weeks so literally laying down trying to feel baby all day 😂😂 I probably noticed movements a lot earlier because of this 🙈 they say when you’re moving you “rock baby to sleep” and when you’re resting baby wakes up.

Apart from the bleeding it’s been pretty straight forward thank god! I went back to work at 23 weeks so time is moving pretty quick now. Very swollen feet and constantly needing to pee and just always tired but it’s just an incredible experience.. feeling her movements is everything ❤️

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Millbanks in reply to Nala_01

Oh wow!! 10 weeks bed rest! You must have been going out of your mind 😱That’s lovely that you felt everything soon though. I’ve had a few gurgles but hard to know if it’s baby or just gas 😂

I’m going to carry on working from home I think, just need this blood to work it’s way out xxx

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Nala_01 in reply to Millbanks

I got through 17 seasons of greys anatomy! Hahaa

How you feeling now? Will the consultant be seeing you anytime soon or have they told you to just monitor the bleed at home? Xx

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Millbanks in reply to Nala_01

Excellent!!I’m having weekly scans to monitor it and hopefully see it decreasing… and then check ins with the consultant after. They’re taking good care of me xx

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Nala_01 in reply to Millbanks

That’s good to hear, take care hun xx

Hi everyone, just following up on this in case anyone is every looking for info in the future.

The bleeding has definitely lightened up and nearly stopped. Had a couple more episodes of heavier blood during the past 3 weeks but it's pretty much gone now. I was pretty much under house arrest and had my feet up a lot so it's either been absorbed or just worked it's way out...

I have a scan on Thursday to check so fingers crossed can go back to normal life.

So for a 10cm haematoma, 3 weeks seemed to be the amount of time needed for it to disappear. Thank goodness!

Ladies, bleeding in pregnancy doesn't necessarily mean the worst.

Much love xx

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