What is a Subchorionic Hemorrhage or Subchorionic Hematoma

What is a Subchorionic Hemorrhage or Hematoma

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What is a Subchorionic Hemorrhage?

A subchorionic hemorrhage or subchorionic hematoma is an extremely scary experience. I had one with my second pregnancy, and I immediately thought I was losing the baby. A subchorionic hemorrhage is bleeding that happens in between the uterus and the membrane surrounding the baby. As terrifying as that sounds, they are fairly common, especially in subsequent pregnancies and IVF pregnancies. It is one of the most common reasons for bleeding during pregnancy, and as scary as it is, there is no harm to the baby or the pregnancy. Your doctor will most likely keep a close eye on it, but other than that you and the baby should be fine.

When a subchorionic hemorrhage happens, there can be A LOT of blood. Like I said, I was positive I was having a miscarriage. I felt a huge rush of blood and immediately called my doctor. I laid down on the couch until it was time for me to go get an ultrasound to check for the source of bleeding. It was extremely scary. I know many other women that went through the same experience. I wore pads and period panties and bled until I was 18 weeks along, then it finally stopped.

Is there any way to avoid a Subchorionic Hemorrhage?

Unfortunately there is no way to avoid a subchorionic hemorrhage or hematoma. Once one does occur, you will need to limit intense physical activity as much as possible. You can still go about normal daily movement, but you really can’t do any physical exercise other than walking until the hematoma disappears.

What do I do if I get a Subchorionic Hemorrhage?

As mentioned above, try to limit intense physical activity. Daily activity is fine. Walks will be the best option for physical activity. If you are on baby aspirin or other medications that thin the blood or increase circulation to the uterus, your doctor will most likely have you stop taking them. Other than that, follow up with your doctor if you notice any changes in bleeding or feel any abnormal cramping. Keep a close eye on how you are feeling, and report changes immediately. Most importantly, try not to stress! I know it is scary, but you have the support you need! Stress never helps a situation. I am so sorry you are going through this, but your doctor is there for you, and the Foods for Fertility community is always here to support you. Good luck on your journey!

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