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Hi there! I’m a first-time mom with a subchorionic hematoma that was diagnosed at 13 weeks after I began bleeding. At first I thought I had accidentally peed myself, realizing instances later that very liquid blood was pouring down my legs. I was convinced I was losing kiddo.
I left work and drove straight to the hospital, where they confirmed that kiddo was perfectly fine, but that I had a thin 12.4 cm long pocket of blood lining my uterus from the edge of the placenta all the way to the cervix, which was also long and closed. My doctor took me off work and put me on rest, but reassured me that most of the time this resolves on its own and to do my best to stay positive.

The bleeding stopped and quickly turned to brown spotting and my concern was briefly alleviated. I didn’t have any bleeding or spotting for nearly a week, until the day before my follow-up when I (pardon my French) had to poop! It was not a comfortable or easy process, and within 20 minutes of the ordeal, I began to bleed as I had the week before. The ultrasound the following day revealed that the hematoma was significantly larger than it was the week before. The prognosis essentially became “stay put, keep your fingers crossed, and don’t blame yourself if you miscarry”. Good news being that the placenta still looked intact and the cervix was still long and closed. I’ve been put on progesterone and laxatives, and am sick and tired of Netflix (never thought it would be possible). Hopefully this week’s follow-up shows some improvement! As a good friend who had a nightmare of a pregnancy tells me, the battle is not over and I can still win.

At this point, I feel I am doing all I can and know that at some point, Mother Nature is just going do her thing, one way or the other. What I push very far out of mind (as best I can) is the fact that this baby is a result of two years of unexplained infertility, tens of thousands of dollars in treatment, a horrific IVF experience, and a husband who is starting a chemotherapeutic treatment (not for cancer) that will prevent us from conceiving for the next 5 years at least. We do have two fertilized embryos frozen for future use, and those or my ‘last hope babies’.

What a wild journey! I love hearing all the success stories, and I love being able to contribute to this group of warrior mammas! I believe in the power of our bodies to make the best decisions for us, and we can only do what we have the power to do. That gives me comfort.

Thanks for bending an ear xo

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