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I have an ECH- does anyone know anything about it?

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Sammijay84 Wed 23-Apr-14 08:57:03

Hi I'm new to this site so please forgive any errors I make. I'm now 9 weeks and 3 days pregnant and got told at an early scan (at 6 weeks) that I have an ECH. We were told to refrain from having sex and I had to be careful not to burst the haemorrhage (no heavy lifting etc) The gentleman who scanned me told us that it would disperse by itself by around 10weeks, then told us to not have sex for "a couple of weeks" to be on the safe side.
I was wondering if anyone else had had one, how did it turn out for you, and also when it would be safe to have sex again.
Thanks in advance xxx

Ferreroroche123 Wed 23-Apr-14 09:15:40

Do you mean an SCH? A number of us have these, but not familiar with an ECH.

Sammijay84 Wed 23-Apr-14 09:58:20

I was definitely told ECH (extra chronic haemorrhage) although not sure how to spell it lol.
It could be one of those things that has more than one name though x

Ferreroroche123 Wed 23-Apr-14 11:03:13

Ah ok. Yes an SCH is a sub chorionic hemorrhage. Maybe more or less the same thing looking online, although perhaps the location is slightly different?

Any hoo, with the sch I have certainly been advised pelvic rest (no heavy lifting, no sex or orgasms via any means) while it is there.

Mine was diagnosed at 11+6 and is still there at 26 weeks, but mine is quite big (started at 5.7cm x5.1cm x 3cm approx). It also appeared quite late in the first trimester, so has hung around throughout the second trimester... So no fun for me!

SCH's are pretty individual in how they progress... Some small ones arrive early first trimester and disappear fairly quickly, some can take til 20 weeks to go and some (like mine) Han around for a long time.

My big issue was that mine did hemorrhage and I gushed blood everywhere which is how I found out about it. It bled for 5-6 weeks and stopped bleeding at about 17 weeks. Now it is considered "inactive" because the blood is clotted, and is less of a threat at this stage (although does pose some risk of premature labour compared to if it was gone).

So, if your Extra chorionic hemorrhage is similar I nature, is a case of watch and wait, and take it easy.

Also, drinking water lots is apparently good for preventing uterine contractions, which is another thing that can cause the hemorrhage to burst/bleed.

Hope this helps.

Sammijay84 Wed 07-May-14 07:41:34

I'm so sorry for massive delay in replying..... I somehow deleted the app on my phone and then it took me ages to figure out how to find this conversation again (I blame baby brain already..... either that or I'm a complete technophobe!!!)
Anyway.... Thankyou so much for your advice grin I have my official dating scan this Friday �� eeeek I'm excited/nervous!!! I hope everything goes well for you. Thanks again xx

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