One of the reasons that I wanted to write this post was that when I first discovered that I had a subchorionic hematoma whilst pregnant with my younger daughter, I turned to Dr Google (I had to, I’d never heard of it before) and was met with horror stories. I read everything from ‘it’s a disaster’ to ‘it’s nothing to worry about’. And it was scary. Pregnancy is hard enough. Pregnancy complications can be terrifying and self-diagnosis is problematic.
I’m sharing my own ideas from my own experiences and whilst I am happy to share what happened to me, my story is by no means a substitute for real medical advice. So if you’re looking for detailed medical advice, this isn’t the post for you. But knowing how traumatic a subchorionic hematoma can be, I wanted to share my story in the hope that it might put just one woman at ease.
How I was diagnosed
My pregnancy with my elder daughter was relatively hassle free. I’m not going to lie, I don’t enjoy pregnancy and I balloon like a whale from the minute I see the positive sign, but I was fortunate to have very little sickness and felt well considering that I was the size of a house and waddled from about 6 weeks gone.
As soon as I realised that I was pregnant with Miss A, I felt different. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but something felt wrong mostly because I had no pregnancy symptom so whatsoever. It worried me. So much so that I paid to have a private scan when I was only 9 weeks pregnant. I was reassured that everything was fine and I started to relax.
Unfortunately, just 10 days later, I got up from my chair at work after lunch and noticed that I was bleeding. By bleeding I mean, my clothes were stained. This couldn’t be misconstrued as spotting, it was heavier than a period but was completely painless.
I left work – supported by some amazing people – in a complete daze and drove straight to the hospital. Truth be told, I can’t really remember what A&E said other than ‘not viable, ‘loss’ and ‘nothing that could be done’ and they booked me in for a scan at the Early Pregnancy Unit the next day. That night, I barely slept. I was still bleeding relatively heavily although it was still painless and I found that I became obsessed with checking to see if I was bleeding.
I arrived at the Early Pregnancy unit, fully expecting to be told that my baby was gone. The sonographer scanned my tummy and almost straight away showed me my daughter’s heartbeat. I was completely and utterly shocked. After seeing so much blood, I just wasn’t expecting for them to say my baby was ok. I also wasn’t expecting them to tell me that I had a subchorionic hematoma that measured 7.5cm x 5cm x 2cm which I was told was large.
What is a subchorionic hematoma?
Like I’ve already said, I’m no medical expert unlike What to Expect. I recall being told that it was a blood clot that was positioned in my womb and depending on where it was could either cause problems or be relatively harmless.
Because of some issues following my first labour (which wasn’t as easy as the pregnancy) I was already considered as having a high-risk pregnancy this time around . The diagnosis of the subchorionic hematoma (SCH) just meant that I was checked even more regularly. I had more ultrasound scans as unfortunately my SCH was so large.
I was advised to take things as easy as possible, keep myself hydrated and to not lift anything other than my then 2 year old. I bled every single day for the next 13 weeks. Some days it was just spotting and others was heavier. Until finally at 24 weeks I had managed to go two days without spotting and by my next scan later that week, the subchorionic hematoma could no longer be seen.
I was warned that I was still at a risk of premature labour and the possibility that the baby might be small but neither happened. Miss A was born at 39+3 (I had gone into labour without even realising, so different from my first) at what felt like a huge 8lbs 4oz.
After the birth, I was told that the obstetrician could see where there SCH had been by examining my placenta but other than that, myself and my daughter were healthy and is now a hyperactive three year old with no health issues.
Did you have a subchorionic hematoma? What was your experience?