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Another Subchorionic Heamatoma! Please tell me there's still hope

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TheManInTheMoon Mon 01-Oct-12 09:31:08

At the beginning if the year my DP and I found out we were expecting DC2. Everything in the pregnancy was fine (apart from hyperemesis) until 12 weeks, when I had my scan the consultant said he had seen a bleed/clot behind the placenta and that we need to keep an eye on it but it should be absorbed by my body by around 20 weeks. Hours later I had a massive bleed and was sure I was loosing the baby but when we got to the hospital they said baby was fine and it was just the heamatoma coming out. To cut a long story short we went another 4 weeks bleeding on and off before I eventually lost our little girl at 16 weeks.

I am now pregnant again and at 5 weeks I was refered to the fetal medicine clinic and my consultant put me on aspirin and said that it would stop heamatomas and hopefully help the placenta stick properly this time, but at 11 weeks I had a massive bleed at home, rushed to the hospital and to our devistation was told yet again that the baby is fine but I have another subchorionic heamatoma. I saw my consultant last week and he told me it was a large heamatoma and the aspirin clearly wasn't working so I should stop taking it and just wait and see. He kept saying sorry. What the hell am I supposed to take that as meaning? I am now 12+3 and so far there hasn't been anymore fresh red blood bleeding just old blood (sorry if its TMI lol) sureley that's something positive?

He said he has seen women with bleeds like mine have a healthy baby at the end of it all even if they do end up in special care. But kept saying we just have to wait and see.

Please someone tell me you are one of these women. I just want to know there is some sort of chance no matter how slim it is

PickleSarnie Mon 01-Oct-12 10:17:50


Really sorry to hear of your loss. But having another haematoma does not mean that the worst is going to happen again. I had a massive bleed that was like a really heavy period for two days. I was soaking through massive pads every hour or so and really couldn't believe that baby could be okay.

At the scan they found a large clot. It was something like 90mm x 90mm x 30 mm. (exact measurements on another thread on here) so it was pretty huge and that was after all the bleeding.

Had another couple of weeks of brown blood. Each scan I had showed the haematoma shrinking and at 39+5 my son was born at home as planned perfectly healthy.

Please don't Google. Google is not your friend. I'm afraid only time will tell and it'll be a hideously stressful time but there's a high chance that everything will be fine as I, and plenty of other women on here, can confirm.

Best wishes x

terilou87 Mon 01-Oct-12 16:41:16

i have no experience of this but didnt want to read n run, fingers crossed that all goes well for you, good luck thanks

tiredteddy Mon 01-Oct-12 19:27:28

I had a SCH with ds2 at about 13 weeks I started having small bleeds. By 15 weeks I had a large bleed and a few nights in hospital. It was horrid. I couldn't feel him moving yet so had no reassurance that he was alive and kicking I there. From the first scan at 13 weeks to 15 weeks the bleed grew bigger too. It's very scary. However it did absorb and I stopped bleeding. Ds2 is nearly 5 and very much alive and kicking now! I will hold you hand while you worry as there is no stopping it. But try and be positive it may yet be ok.

Kelbells Mon 01-Oct-12 20:00:53

I'm so sorry you're going through this, I know it's hugely frightening, especially as you've lost a baby before this way. I'm hoping my story will give you some hope.

I'm currently 37 weeks pregnant with DC1 but had 2 mc's last year, at 10 weeks I had a massive bleed - bright red with clots, it was so heavy that I had to literally stand in the shower and let it flow, I was convinced that I'd had another mc. I had a scan the next day and the baby was alive and kicking but the found a SCH. I bled every week for about the next month, I'd have a day of fresh clotted blood and then a week of old brown blood every week until about 15 weeks, the SCH did disappear in the end and I'm now waiting to have my little boy in the next few weeks.

As others have said... Step away from google, it won't help, I was told by numerous HCPs that they 'generally' have a good outcome - I know this isn't your experience but the odds are in your favour this time.

Is there anyway that you could be signed off for bed rest? There's mixed opinions on whether it helps but I found that it helped me psychologically because by doing nothing I felt I was 'ironically' doing everything I could to keep the placenta from being further knocked... Maybe its very old school and a bit irrational but helpful to me, my GP was very understanding to my anxieties after the mc's.... I really hope that the clot clears up soon and that you have a good outcome this time!!!

TheManInTheMoon Tue 02-Oct-12 14:38:31

It's great to hear that there is some hope! smile

Last night I had another massive bleed and ended up in A'n'E at about 12 where they sent me to majors who decided they didn't have a doctor to see me so they sent me to minors where the doctor that did see me keeps asking what I wanted him to do hmm. I thought I was supposed to be asking the questions and he was supposed to be giving the answers! He finally told me to go to reception and ask for a porter to take me to a ward where the on call consultant was and he would ring as I was on my way up. When we got to reception she told my DP that she was sorry but the porters don't go to that side of the hospital so I would have to walk on the outside of the hospital to the ward myself (all the while the bleeding was getting heavier and heavier). We walked to the building we were suppose to be going to and all the doors were locked so we couldn't get in!! We then walked back to A'n'E and the receptionist rang the doctor who had sent us there who came out to tell me that the on call consultant and himself had decided that since I have a scan and a consultants appointment the next morning (today) they wasn't going to do anything for me and I should just go home and try and take it easy until then. I was so upset because when I had the miscarriage because of this sort of thing in ended up being rushed to hospital by ambulance and was taken to resuss because I was loosing so much blood!

I had the scan this morning and the baby is alive grin but he sch has grown by 3cms in width and 1cm in depth in a week sad. While I was in the scan I asked the lady if she see's a lot of subchorionic heamatomas in the lady's she scans the woman snorted like I was an idiot and asked why I wanted to know, when I told her I was just curious because I'm very nervous about what the outcome will be she very sarcastically said "we'll how many I see is neither her or there is it". I HATE this hospital! I'm seeing my consultant in about an hour so I'll see what he says.

I have stopped with the googling it was just making me depressed and feel like I had no hope at all, not to mention frustrating me because there is no sold information on sch, every site says a different thing.

I have been put on bed rest and told to only get up for appointments and to pee and wash lol. I feel so bad though! I have an 18mo DS and my grandparent are looking after him (and me) while my mum and DP are at work, my mum looks after him when DP works nights and the rest of the time is left to DP. I know none of them mind but I'm used to doing everything for him myself and they all have their own lives to live. DS doesn't understand why I'm not doing all of the things I used to either.

TheManInTheMoon Tue 02-Oct-12 14:39:50

Sorry for the essay I was just so shocked at the hospital last night! Thank you all for sharing your stories and for the support

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 02-Oct-12 15:30:01

Dear GOD! I think you need to contact PALS or the like! Is there another hospital nearby that you could transfer to? The NHS website has a search facility for this, there are two or three in my area. Personally, I wouldnt choose my nearest, its crap!

tiredteddy Tue 02-Oct-12 19:25:29

I hope the consultant treated you better than the other people you have seen at the hospital. sending you hugs x

Kelbells Tue 02-Oct-12 21:52:17

I'm so shocked by the way you were treated! I thought my hospital had been useless and lacking in empathy at times! I hope your consultant treated you with a bit more care... xx

jkb Tue 02-Oct-12 22:10:30


I am so sorry to hear what is happening to you. It is however- like reading what I wrote on here a few days ago :-O
I too had a huge bleed- (clots and floods of blood) at 12 weeks & am now 14 weeks and out of my mind! We seem to be going through the same horrid thing at the same time :-(
Maybe we can be some sort of support to each other & share any knowledge we have.
please see my thread:

Take Care

Jo xx

JoulesM Wed 03-Oct-12 07:44:33

There are actually some great papers (proper peer reviewed BMJ ones) about outcomes in SCH. I know- because I read them all when I had 4 massive bleeds and was diagnosed with SCH while pregnant with my now very much alive and scrumptious 3 day old boy!! It can and often does work out ok. The odds are actually medically speaking quite good. The problem is you just have to sit tight and wait it out. I really hope it all works out for you. I don't post much on here but I just wanted to hold your hand and say there is a very good chance you'll be ok and cuddling that baby before you know it. [hugs]

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