Saying Goodbye to Subchorionic Hematoma
What is SCH, How to Deal with It & Why I Want to Share My Story
At my first pregnancy appointment on 4th July (Week 4), my gynecologist gave me 2 advises:
1. Start drinking 2 glasses of milk a day if I can (I’m guessing it’s because I am underweight).
2. Pause the gym for 2 weeks (Week 4 – Week 6).
At my second pregnancy appointment, 18 July (Week 6), through a scan, I learned that I have Subchorionic Hematoma. What is it?
a) A uterine blood clot between the uterus wall & baby’s sac
b) A sightly dislodged placenta
which may or may not cause spotting/bleeding. Sounds scary? It sure is for a pregnant woman!
If it’s the primary, (a), know that we have many blood clots all over our body, just like a SCH (:
Maybe the doctor suspected my SCH earlier, which explains pausing the gym. At this point, I was banned from exercising for the entire 1st trimester & put on bed/pelvic rest = no housework, no travel, no sex, no exercise.
The latter made me sad because I took my ACE Personal Trainer Certification + Training for Pregnant & Postpartum Women for the very reason to continue working out throughout my pregnancy & ideally, not look like a stereotyped mama postpartum.
While there’s no explanation as to what causes SCH, it can occur from trauma, causing a blood vessel to rupture – I did hammer my pelvic onto the corner of my kitchen island! (Exception if you conceived through IVF.)
I was given Dydrogesterone to strengthen the placenta, thus preventing miscarriage; starting with a dose of 1 pill 3 times a day, weaning it off to twice a day, to saving the last 4 pills in case of spotting during first pregnancy sex.
On my 3rd scan, 1 August (Week 8), we witnessed that the hematoma reduced in size. Yet I was warned that I might bleed & to call the clinic immediately should that happen.
Spoiler alert: It never happened.
During the last scan of my 1st trimester, 29 August (Week 12), before I had the chance to bid my hematoma goodbye, it was reabsorbed into the uterus forever. I’ve been given the green light to exercise!
Having gone through this rather rare & even more rarely shared situation, my purpose of this sharing story is for all mothers to know that should you ever come across SCH in your pregnancy *touch wood*, don’t be afraid. You are not alone & you don’t have to feel alone.
What you can do:
- Not let Google results scare you.
- Try not to over-worry – it makes situation worse & is often unnecessary.
- Download the What to Expect app, search for Subchorionic Hematoma, & read up about it there.
- Rest a lot (like a LOT) & sit/lie down rather than stand/walk to prevent further rupture/detachment.
- Obediently listen to your doctor – another potential complication besides increased risk in miscarriage is preterm labor, so don’t be like a stubborn hematoma!
- Stay hydrated to avoid constipation = straining = hemorrhaging.
Things to ask your doctor:
- The size, location & persistence of your hematoma.
- Does it look like the hematoma is caused by trauma or a detached placenta?
- What complications could you & the baby possibly face if the hematoma is not absorbed by the uterus?
- What to do if you bleed?
- Should you stop Kegel exercises?
- No sex or no orgasm all together?
- I went as far as asking if Dydrogesterone has a feminizing effect on a male fetus (knowing it doesn’t the other way round). Consume Duphaston ONLY if prescribed by your doctor.
The most important takeaway is to know that SCH affects 1 in 4 women (25% of all women). It is possible to have the unwelcomed presence of a hematoma throughout pregnancy until a baby is born. But whether it stays or leaves, remember that most women continue to have a healthy pregnancy & baby with the right care & adequate rest. <3
Also read: The 1st Pregnancin post, Pregnant Not Pregnant.