A Threatened Miscarriage, a Subchorionic Hematoma, and How United Airlines (Nearly) Ate My Baby

Three years ago, sitting with my 15-month-old son and my husband during a long layover, on our way back home from Norway, I felt a sudden gush of warm blood.

So much for my miracle pregnancy, I thought. I was only six weeks along and certain I was miscarrying.

Our return trip was already off to a poor start. United Airlines had cancelled our original flight from Newark home to San Francisco. Then, to rub salt in the wound, they refused to refund our first-class tickets.

We never fly first class, but had made an exception for this trip. We were travelling overseas with my 15-month old son and facing a 9-hour jet lag. The chance of sleeping on route, we decided, was worth the extra cash. We had bought our tickets a year in advance to lower the cost.

But United, being United, told us we would have to request a refund, and then maybe they would grant it. And–perhaps just for kicks–they refused to let us access the first-class lounge while in Newark, because our replacement tickets were now in Economy.

My husband–who nevers argues with anyone behind a counter and hates it when I do–spent half an hour arguing with their “customer service” that they should give us passes to the first class lounge. After all, we had paid for first-class tickets even if we no longer had them. But no dice.

So there we were, exhausted and enraged. I had not slept in over 24 hours. My son, sick for the last 3 days with a high fever, had nursed continuously the entire flight from Oslo to Newark. And then I started bleeding.

At that point, I contemplated tweeting, “United, you ate my baby,” but decided against publicly sharing my pregnancy or what I assumed was an impending miscarriage.

The pregnancy had been a surprise, but a welcome one. We had taken over a year to conceive my son. This time we had not been trying. I was still breastfeeding, and my cycles had only resumed a month earlier. We were planning to wait a few more months and then start trying for #2, expecting that it could easily be another 6 to 12 months before we conceived.

The bleeding tapered off by the next morning. I had no pain or cramping, so little fear of an ectopic pregnancy. And I still felt pregnant: nauseated, tired, and lightheaded.

I called my OB,  but they could not fit me in for another 5 weeks. Until then, they told me, just sit tight. Oh, and assume that I was still pregnant, because a miscarriage would have caused several days of heavy bleeding.

I found another OB.

My new OB ran tests. My HCG levels were normal, but my progesterone was low, perhaps because of the nearly constant breastfeeding, the lack of sleep, and the stress. She could not say for sure. She prescribed progesterone supplements for the rest of my first trimester.

Progesterone helps build up and maintain the uterine lining for implantation of the fertilized egg. High levels of progesterone are required to sustain an early pregnancy. But taking progesterone supplements during the first trimester to prevent a miscarriage is controversial.

Over half of miscarriages result from chromosomal abnormalities, and no amount of progesterone will save these pregnancies. A 2013 review of randomized trials, however, found that while progesterone supplements did not alter the risk of miscarriage for pregnant women as a whole, they did significantly lower the chances of miscarriages for women with 3 or more prior miscarriages.

And for women like me, with a threatened miscarriage (defined as any bleeding within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy), who have more than double the normal odds of a miscarriage*, progesterone supplements appear to cut the risk of miscarriage in half, and oral progesterone, as opposed to suppositories, may be especially effective.

So, although I will never know for sure, my OB may have saved my pregnancy.

A Subchorionic Hematoma

At that initial visit, she also performed an ultrasound. The fetal heartbeat was loud and clear, fast and reassuring, racing along like a rabbit’s. When I heard my baby’s heartbeat, I fully exhaled for the first time in days.

Less reassuringly, the ultrasound revealed a subchorionic hematoma–a blood clot next to the placenta and the cause of my bleeding.

Pregnancies with a subchorionic hematoma are considered high risk. They have a higher risk of miscarriage (17.6% versus 8.9%), stillbirth (1.9% versus 0.9%), and placental abruption (3.6% versus 0.7%). They have a slightly higher risk of preterm delivery (13% versus 10%) and for the waters breaking before labor starts (tv-style labor).

The risk varies by the location of the hematoma. Pregnancies with recurrent bleeding or with hematomas located between the placenta and the uterine wall (retroplacental hematomas) have a higher risk of miscarriage and other pregnancy complications like placenta abruption. Because of the risk of placental abruption, bleeding in the second and third trimesters require immediate medical attention.

As worrisome as these statistics sound, most subchorionic hematomas resolve on their own, as mine eventually did. By 11 weeks, we could no longer see the hematoma on an ultrasound. And thankfully, rest of my pregnancy was uneventful. I gave birth to healthy baby girl, who in a few months will turn 3.

Do you have a story of bleeding in early pregnancy? Was a cause detected, and how did things turn out?


*About 20% of women experience bleeding during early pregnancy. Figuring out their chances of a miscarriage is far from simple.

One commonly cited statistic states that roughly 50% of these women eventually miscarry. Some digging reveals that this claim derives from a 1981 obstetrics textbook rather than recent research. (Lots of researchers cite papers that cite papers that cite this textbook, and I am willing to bet that none of them have read the original research behind this claim.)

If bleeding starts after detection of a normal fetal heartbeat, most prospective studies find a much lower rate of miscarriage, of 3.4-5.5%.


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Nagy S, Bush M, Stone J, Lapinski RH, Gardó S. Clinical significance of subchorionic and retroplacental hematomas detected in the first trimester of pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Jul;102(1):94-100.

Sotiriadis A, Papatheodorou S, Makrydimas G. Threatened miscarriage: evaluation and management. BMJ : British Medical Journal. 2004;329(7458):152-155.

Trop I, Levine D. Hemorrhage during pregnancy: sonography and MR imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2001 Mar;176(3):607-15.

Tuuli MG, Norman SM, Odibo AO, Macones GA, Cahill AG. Perinatal outcomes in women with subchorionic hematoma: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 May;117(5):1205-12. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e31821568de.

Author: Amy Kiefer

As a former research scientist and proud mama of three little munchkins, I love digging into the research on all things baby-related and sharing it with my readers.

42 thoughts on “A Threatened Miscarriage, a Subchorionic Hematoma, and How United Airlines (Nearly) Ate My Baby”

  1. I had three bleeding incidents so far (I’m 10 weeks and finding your site so helpful!). The first time, at 5 weeks, lasted 24 hours and was full fledged bright-red bleeding like a period. I could see the blood in the toilet and at one point there was a dime sized clot. I was sure the pregnancy was over. At 7w2d I had more bleeding that lasted about 6 hours, and again at 8w3d (lasted just a couple hours that time). After each bleeding incident I had ultrasounds that showed the baby is fine. (I did IVF so was able to quickly get into my reproductive endocrinologist’s office for the ultrasounds). My doctor was not concerned at all and said it’s common. However I kept seeing that 50% statistic, including in my go-to reference, the Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy.

    I started searching on pubmed and found a good research paper that indicates that there is no increased risk of miscarriage (week-by-week) for women who experience spotting or light bleeding, compared to women with no bleeding (paper here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828396/ )

    That paper finally calmed most of my anxiety, as all my incidents could be considered light bleeding. Heavy bleeding (more than a period) combined with pain and lasting more than a day is associated with an increased miscarriage risk, but even in those cases the majority of women do not actually miscarry. I’m curious to hear your take on these results.

    I think it’s unfortunate that most references gloss over the actual statistics or worse, use incorrect ones. I mentioned the 50% stat to my doctor, who looked at me like I was crazy and said that’s totally wrong. It’s odd that it’s still perpetuated, and I think it causes a lot of unnecessary anxiety for women who experience bleeding. It’s always alarming to see blood and even knowing the stats, I still feel panic in those moments. But at least now I can talk myself out of the anxiety by reminding myself of these findings.

    1. Great reference. Thanks for sharing.

      Before writing this post, I spent a long time looking at the chances of miscarriage given bleeding, and eventually gave up on finding a range I would feel comfortable stating as reasonable, other than to say that the 50% figure is way too high. The risk estimates vary considerably from study to study, with the type of bleeding, whether accompanied by pain, and when the bleeding occurs, as the study you cite makes clear.

      Anyway–congratulations on your pregnancy! I hope everything goes smoothly from here on out. Very reassuring that all your ultrasounds have looked good, and nice that they would see you right away. Incidentally, did they see a subchorionic hematoma on any of the ultrasounds?

    2. Omg Thankyou so much ! I am currently on a very turbulent ivf journey after reviewing a low first beta result of 11 3 days later I started bleeding , I thought for sure it was over however on my next beta I had risen to 127 and the following 210 because of my bleed I am scheduled in for a 6 week scan but that is another 6 days away so all I can do is search through scary articles online Thankyou so much for this information and link it’s really helped settle my mind in these uncertain times x

  2. Thank you! My doctor thought he saw a very small subchorionic hematoma when I had a 5w6d ultrasound (they had me come immediately after the first bleeding incident, and then again in a few days to track the progression–a perk of going through IVF is the very thorough monitoring they provide). But it did not show up on the later ultrasounds (6w5d and later). I think it’s possible I had a small one that caused the first issue, and maybe even the subsequent bleeds, but small enough that it was hard to see. It would be nice to know for sure that was the cause, but the doctor told me every time that they usually have no idea why bleeding happens, and it’s hard to predict if it will be a continued issue throughout pregnancy or if it will stop.

  3. I really appreciate the thought, reason and grounded approach present in your blog. Thank you for providing posts that are well-researched and free of alarmist language. As a mom-to-be I cannot stand most of what’s out there–much of it is so condescending and so often feels like a ploy to suck me in to buying something or somehow take advantage of fears and questions of during a particularly vulnerable time. Anyway–thanks again.

    Oh! And did you get a refund for your tickets (those bastards!)?! I’m dyin’ here!

  4. This post was so helpful. Thank you!
    I had a subchorionic hematoma last summer in my first pregnancy and unfortunate after four weeks of ultrasounds confirming heartbeat after significant bleeding and pain, near bedrest, it was confirmed that we lost the baby at 10 weeks. A heartbreaking situation as many know. Today I am thankful to be pregnant again but worried with what seems to be a similar issue of early bleeding despite progesterone supplementation. I have my first OB apt today and am hoping the bleeding is due to suppository irritation and not another SCH. Here’s to healthy heartbeats! Thanks again for your reassuring, updated science based outlook. 😉

  5. Thank you for sharing your story! I had a large SCH in early pregnancy that thankfully resolved as well. We are trying to decide when to start trying for our second, and our first is 9 months old. We are waiting until a year at least, though my husband would like to try sooner. Were you able to continue breastfeeding during the pregnancy? That’s really the thing that is holding me up the most. I am still nursing her very frequently and we love it. Weaning would make me really sad.

    1. Hi Lydia, I breastfed my son until I was 4 months pregnant, at which point it became extremely painful. He was also nineteen months by then, so I felt I had paid my dues, as it were. It was hard to wean, but we spent lots of time cuddling afterwards, and for me it was kind of nice to have a break before #2 arrived.

  6. Hi Amy,
    Love your blog. Am thinking of starting my own that includes a collection of all the things I researched while pregnant.

    I had a subchorionic hematoma at 12 weeks. We were expecting twins and I was convinced I had lost the babies. I had been flying cross-country that week for work and rushed to the ER. Fortunately the ultrasound showed 2 heartbeats and I was able to breath a temporary sigh of relief. I wonder if there is a correlation between air travel and bleeding? My OB insisted no more flying after that event.

    You mentioned increased risks with SH. Well I had all of it — pre-term labor at 32 weeks. Water broke TV style. And I had placental abruption with Twin B. Fortunately they stopped the labor at 32 weeks and I gave birth at 34 weeks 6 days to two healthy babies. We all came home 3 days later.


    1. Hi Alex,

      Thanks! You should start your own blog. So glad the whole ordeal with twins and SH worked out for you–sounds like those couple of weeks at the end must have been hairy.


  7. Great post and blog – I had an SCH diagnosed in early pregnancy and monitored (via ultrasound) each week of first trimester. It had gone by about my 20th week. I am also a scientist by training and had access/experience to chase up the paper trails of research but got completely lost! This and the other posts in your blog are great – have answered a lot of questions for me about other issues – forums, google, Web MD just don’t have enough of the answers and evaluations you want – I’m so glad someone finally did this!

  8. This is a useful and medically accurate blog. It’s been helpful for me and my daughter who has a SCH. THANK YOU

  9. I was wondering if you kept nursing once your Sch was diagnosed. I am 9 weeks and just diagnosed with an Sch and my daughter is still nursing.

    1. Hi Kris,

      The short answer is that I continued nursing for another couple of months. The longer answer is I am not sure that was the best idea. My ob tested my progesterone right after I began bleeding. It was low. She put me on supplements, which may or may not have helped me maintained the pregnancy. My son also chilled out about nursing after recovering from roseola and not being on an airplane, so I was only nursing a few times a day, with long stretches in between sessions. Still, I suspect that all that nursing may have caused the Sch, and I would, if I had to go back, have stopped nursing as soon as I learned I was pregnant.

  10. I had a SCH at 7/5 with my first pregnancy. It resolved and I had no other complications and delivered a 10 lb 5.1 oz baby girl vaginally (ouch) at 39 weeks. I am now pregnant for the 2nd time and just had our first U/S at 6/5, HR of 136. Today I am 7/1 and just started having bright red bleeding. I haven’t had any cramping and it’s just a trickle. With my first SCH it poured out of me for about 4 hours and then stopped. I’m going to call my doctor Monday morning and see if he can do an U/S and see what’s going on.

  11. I had light spotting during my three pregnancies occasionally after having a BM, especially during the first trimester. With the first pregnancy it sent me into full-blown panic. Now I know that it is normal for me and have since learned that it is not uncommon. I’ve never had a miscarriage.

    I had complete placenta previa with my second pregnancy as was advised to refrain from sex and all lifting. In my third trimester I would have some spotting after BMs and was advised to take a stool softener which helped. A delivery nurse friend of my mom warned her when I was first diagnosed that most women with placenta previa will have a warning bleed which does not require delivery, but which will later be followed by a major bleed which will require delivery of the baby. This is exactly what happened to me. I had a period-like bleed six weeks before my due date, was put on IV fluid and it stopped on its own. I was put on bed rest and sent home. Three weeks later I woke up in a puddle of blood, but as I was cleaning up enough to go to the hospital felt the baby move, which really reassured me. My husband rushed me to the hospital along with our toddler and I had a c-section about two hours later. They weren’t too worried and tried an epidural, but it didn’t work so they had to put me under. My son was fine.

  12. Hi! I had a hematoma during my first pregnancy and it caused early labour and me giving birth at the 24th week. My baby is fine today, but we went through a lot! Now I’m pregnant again, bleading again, with hematoma again. I cannot understand how it is possible that we cannot do anything apart from waiting and hoping. I’ve consuled with many doctors. There’s nothing to be done. Modern science can operate a baby in the womb if necessary, but cannot clear up a tiny blood sack from behind the uterus. I just cannot accept it.

  13. Mine was diagnosed at about 6w after a gush of bright red blood. I was certain I was having a miscarriage – my second this year – so I was a wreck. When the heart beat came up on ultrasound the tears welled up – I couldn’t believe it. But they were fearful tears if that makes sense: the tears you get when you had no reason to hope, and now you have hope and that’s more scary?

    This hematoma is thoroughly stressing me out. I’m now coming up on 10 wk with intermittent spotting.

    Your conclusion that 50% miscarriage rate seems overblown is much appreciated. Thank you for your thoughtful blog. I did some of my own research, and found myself thoroughly confounded.

    Re the above comment – this exact thought occurred to me last night!

    1. Melissa, I sincerely hope this works out for you. A heartbeat and only light spotting sound like very good signs!

  14. Today, One month, one week and two days after I miscarried I found out I had a hemorrhage- the doctor saw it on the ultrasound and didn’t tell me. I was pregnant with twins and one had an early demise at 6 weeks. At 12 weeks 6 days I woke up to a gush of warm blood. I went to the toilet , I bled for a few more hours and saw some clots. By the time I saw my OB it had stopped. She did an ultrasound on my belly and my happy baby was dancing in my womb. Fast forward 3 days and the bleeding (that had stopped by the time I saw the OB) had started again, this time with more clots. Two ultrasounds later I was told my baby was fine, they were giving me good news, I should ‘run with it’. They saw ‘remnants’ of my twin B who’s heart stopped beating at 6 weeks. I emptied my bladder, dropped a blood clot and was told the bleeding was not a big deal. I went for another ultrasound, again I was told the baby was fine. At 13 weeks 4 days I gave birth to my baby while on the toilet. She was alive, trying to breathe, moving but eventually died in my palm.
    After talking with 3 doctors about miscarrying an alive baby I finally had one doctor say this wasn’t typical and I was referred to the high risk doctor who told me I had a hemorrhage from twin B that triggered contractions and caused the placenta from twin A to detach. Why NO ONE used the word hemorrhage is beyond me. They said today ‘there was nothing we could have done’. Had I known I would have lied in bed for days and prepared myself rather than living life as normal, anxious about more bleeding and when it would stop. At every single ultrasound I had asked if I needed progesterone too and was told it would make no difference. I even had a half full jar in my medicine cabinet from my fertility doctor. Silly me I wanted to do everything right so I didn’t take the progesterone (I thought they were saying not to take it because it could throw off other hormonal balances, what did I know). The high risk doctor who told me about my hemorrhage prescribed PROGESTERONE during my first and second trimesters next time around. WHY DID IT HAVE TO COME TO THIS for me to hear that I was having a hemorrhage, what the risks were and TO BE TOLD THAT YES PROGESTERONE WOULD HAVE HELPED. Ug.

    1. I feel your pain and frustration. I have a similar story and lost my son at 16 weeks.
      It sucks. The what-if and why-didnt-they-tell-me and the wondering what you could have or should have done. How to trust another ob? How to feel comfortable that your next pregnancy is really ok?
      I get it. Its infuriating. It feels like they neglected you. It feels like malpractice. It feels like they dont know enough and they should.
      The worst part: we cant undo it. We cant go back. We cant fix it. Its heartbreaking and gut wrenching. I’m 3 days away from my son’s birth-day. 3 years ago he came into this world and left. It’s still so painful.
      I pray you find your peace somehow. Some days mine is better than others 💞🙏

  15. I found this researching my SCH. I too started suddenly bleeding and feared the worst. I’ve had some recurrent bleeding and have had 2 ultrasounds but it’s terrifying nonetheless. Thank you for sharing this, it was great to read a personal example.

  16. I have had large SCH my last two pregnancies. We lost Adaline last September at 22 weeks (due to the bleeding causing placenta abruption) and then lost Mary at 9 weeks a few weeks ago. Both pregnancies I have had very large SCH bleeds showing in our 7 week ultrasound. I just don’t understand it all and I’m scared I will not be able to carry a baby to term.

    Reading this has been helpful but still is there really nothing that can be done to help? Is bedrest a good option? My doctors acted like it wouldn’t help but with loosing Adaline at 22 weeks knowing had I been able to keep her in there for just a few more weeks to give her a fighting chance, I look back and think I should have.

    Any advice moving forward in our next pregnancy? I obviously seem to be prone to SCH. Just wish there was something I could do…

    Thank you!

    1. I’m so sorry to hear this. I don’t know about specific solutions. I was put on progesterone for mine but I don’t think that’s standard. I would find a specialist in recurrent miscarriage to see what they recommend. Keep me posted.

    2. I’m so sorry for both your losses. I know this comment was over a year ago but did you happen to try again?
      I can relate so much to what you went through. I have two daughters and on my third pregnancy I had a large SCH that ended in a miscarriage at 12 weeks. I was scared to try again but we did and I had another large SCH with my fourth pregnancy that caused me to loose my water 3 weeks before I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl at 21 weeks and 5 days….we lost her this last March and it’s by far the most heart breaking experience. I also lost so much blood because of the placenta abruption that caused my labor. I’m terrified to try again. But I did find a few things that could help so I am trying all the things. If I end up pregnant again I will continue to use all of it still.
      A lady from Russia said they give their patients a specific blend of enzymes. There’s a study of ALA helping with SCH, and pomegranate juice is another thing that has been thought of helping as well. I also found a thread about progesterone oil helping someone with a SCH too. I’m not sure if all of this will help or not but if I do get pregnant again I will be trying all this in case it does help. I am currently taking it all in case it helps heal my uterus beforehand too.

  17. I bled heavily at nine weeks from a subchorionic hematoma. Baby had a strong heartbeat. At 13 weeks I miscarried her because of PPROM due to the bleeding irritating the sac.

  18. It’s 9:12pm and I just found this blog post after my wife had a scary bleeding episode an hour ago. We’re 12 weeks and 5 days pregnant with identical twins boys (natural) at 44! I have 2 OBs in my family and after some reassurances from Dad and a call to the on call doc, your post is much appreciative. Your knowledgeable post was very helpful and reassuring to this nervous father. Thank you. It’s amazing that your post from 3 years ago keeps giving…. thanks again. It gives us more information before our next appointment and a few things to ask about progesterone.

  19. I had sch at 11+6, a couple of great globs of blood soaking through my pants followed by a scan same day (thanks NHS) and a heartbeat. Sonography at 12wk told me bed rest and I was terrified until midwife at 16 weeks said not to worry about it and I had no subsequent bleeds up to 21 weeks.
    Will never know how it would have worked out because 20 week scan found severe cardiac anomalies not compatible with life (left isomerism, AVSD, complete heart block), and we choose to end the pregnancy rather than let our baby suffer later. But I do occasionally wonder if that SCH happened because there was some problem with the placental wiring stemming from her having a creative but nonstandard assortment of cardiac veins and arteries.
    They’re probably entirely unrelated but I do wonder if maybe my body knew something was wrong.

  20. Thanks, David. I too am just finding this blog after my wife has, just a few hours ago, had a scary bleeding episode at 6 weeks. We were sure the pregnancy was over, but the ultrasound shows a strong heart. Because of corona, my wife has to lay in quarantine until her tests results come back (precaution as she has no symptoms) probably a day or so. Since we live in Europe, she has been prescribed Duphaston (Dydrogesterone) early on since she was experiencing spotting and some bleeding. I have since read that

    “…Misuse and overuse of progesterone can lead to a number of side effects including fetal death and spontaneous abortion (more so in the first three months of gestation), musculanisation of female fetus (such as unwanted hair on face), birth defects in babies such as cleft palate and heart defects. Therefore in the United States, the use of progesterone during “known or suspected pregnancy” is banned”.

    I am wondering if anyone else on here has had any issues with synthetic progesterone?

    At any rate, this will be our second baby and my wife is 40. She had first trimester bleeding for our first, but there was no hemotoma that we are aware of i.e. no one told us this was the case. She does have some uterine fibroids but we’ve been told they are external and not a threat. We thought fibroid were causing the spotting in the beginning of this pregnancy. Everything is still so unclear.

    Care to share with us how everything has turned out for you all? I plan to update here on our situation in the future, but when life is coming at you so fast, you tend to forget things and move on to the next fires that need to be put out, no matter how small or how big.

    This blog has been a welcome for me but we understand that somethings are out of our hands.


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  22. I’m a few years late in seeing this post, but thank you.
    I lost my son at 16 weeks after 10 weeks of bleeding that got worse with activity. My ob did not alarm me with any risks of miscarriage. Looking back, the bleeding should have been a huge warning sign to me. I dont know if I didnt want to investigate further, or if I really trusted my ob. I wonder if I could have saved him if I knew more.
    I only recently heard of these hematomas. It really lines up for me. Maybe it is what caused my loss, maybe it’s not. I will never know for sure. In any case, being informed is so important. I know what to ask about and how to guide other pregnant women.
    Thank you for sharing your story of success. I’m truly happy for you!
    PS: No future children can replace a loss and I will miss him forever, but I did get my rainbow baby
    In memory of my Mason 8/8/2017 💙

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  24. Another positive story, so far, I’m currently 7w5d. I started painlessly bleeding at 6w2d. It seemed a lot at the time but went from bright red to brown within a few hours and after the initial gush, only a trickle. My OB sent me for blood tests, my fist hCG came back right on target and then I passed a clot the size of half dollar. But while i continued to spot brown, it got lighter and only when I had a bowel movement. The second hcg test came back within range but they brought me in for an ultrasound. We still expected the worst but we had a heartbeat! The doctor was not concerned about anything and I’m no longer spotting. Now I’m just counting the seconds to my next scan on Monday. Thank you for sharing! Definitely need more positive bleeding stories out there!

  25. Today Im at 6w5d and found out i have SCH through ultrasound. Heart beat 126. i came home and started bleeding with clots and cramping. called my doctor and made an appointment for tm for another ultrasound. Im so nervous. How did this bleeding happen so fast. Im hoping with the good heart rate my baby is fine.

  26. I recently experienced SCH. It’s awful, but I’m glad to know that I’m not alone.

    There is nothing scarier than seeing bright red blood in the middle of the night, and then getting ready to go to the ER. The doctor said everything was fine and to avoid lifting 20 lbs along with pelvic rest. I’ve been drinking more water and eating more “real” food.

    My next ultrasound is next week and I’m hoping to hear a heartbeat and that everything’s fine. I’ve had a miscarriage, and of course I was scared, but so far everything looks good.

  27. I hardly ever add comments but I’ve benefitted from this article and everyone’s comments and wanted to add our experience. After our 12 week appointment went well, we were feeling relieved that everything was fine and that baby was doing great. Less than a week later I started bleeding. Thankfully my doctor was able to see me a few days later and I was told I have a small subchrionic hemorrhage. I was put on pelvic rest and told not to lift anything heavy and that hopefully it’ll go away. I continued to have light spotting for about a month and as of about a few weeks ago, I had no bleeding at all. We assumed that meant no internal bleeding either but during our 20 week appointment today, we were told while the baby is doing great, the hematoma had actually increased in size. We were referred to an MFM (maternal-fetal specialist). We are anxious and fear a placental abruption but trying to remain positive.

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