Placental Attachment Issues (Possible m/c mentioned)

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Placental Attachment Issues (Possible m/c mentioned)

I started bleeding a week ago and have been on and off since then. I was expecting to miscarry with the amount of blood at times but since there's been no cramping and no miscarriage I decided to get some blood work done yesterday. My midwife called this morning saying my hormones are in the low normal range so we'll draw again on Thursday. She's thinking it may be that I'm having placental attachment issues so I'm going to get some wild yam cream (or Vitamin E if I can't find the cream) at lunch and start applying it on my wrist. If my numbers are up after Thursday I'll get an ultrasound to see what's going one, in the mean time I get to over think things.

Anyone have any experience or knowledge on this? What I'm finding online isn't too informative.

Cindy

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:bighug: There's something called a subchorionic hematoma (or hemorrhage) which is basically a blood clot in the membranes between the placenta & uterus. It can cause bleeding but doesn't cause miscarriage or indicate that a miscarriage might occur. If it helps you feel better, bump up your protein & iron because those are both vital to good strong muscles, which you want the uterus to be!

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I've never heard of that term, but if it helps I've also had bleeding. After my m/c in Aug, I honestly thought this was another one. I went to ER and had ultrasound. That was 4 weeks ago (10W) and baby is still doing great. I bled a lot for a a couple hours and then have spotted constantly in the 4 weeks since then. Prior to the bleeding, they did see a small subchorionic hematoma (pool of blood between placenta and uterus), so maybe this is what your MW was talking about.

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I had bleeding when I was about 6 weeks pg with DD that was bright red. My OB never gave me a cause for it. I have read that bleeding that doesn't indicate any problems is pretty common in the first trimester. Some midwives believe it can be caused by "the placenta digging in."

I hope everything is fine for you, also. Will be thinking of you.

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This puts my mind at ease, I'm hoping this is the case for me and not that my placenta is pulling off. I've been trying to keep a positive outlook.

I've been working on getting my protein high and I have a green monster (spinach smoothie) for breakfast every morning plus get plenty of buffalo in my diet so my iron should be good. I hate not having control.

Cindy

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Hugs to you. I have had bleeding with this pregnancy and with my pregnancy with Lilly. I had a subchronic hematoma with Lilly. I know it is scary, but it sounds like you are doing everything you can. I know it is so scary though.

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Cindy, I'm glad you are taking care of yourself. Big hugs.

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Thanks girls! I'm having a hard time not exercising right now, hopefully next week I can get back into something even if it's just yoga. I feel selfish for worrying about whether I'll be put on bed rest or if I'll be able to have my planned homebirth. It would be such a disappointment to have to go to the hospital. I hate running all the what-if's through my head but it's impossible to not do.

Cindy

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Good luck with your blood draw today!

I had bleeding with my last baby, I bled at 8 weeks and again at 11 or 12 weeks. I was flipping out, but it turned out to be nothing. The dr never figured out what caused it, just a fluke thing. First one of my 3 kids that I had that happen.

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It's amazing how common it is, I knew it happened but not so frequently.

Here's hoping for happy news tomorrow morning Smile

Cindy

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I have known people who have had bleeding and have found out they have tears in their placenta - or the placenta is 'threatening' to detach.

I had low beta numbers with my last pregnancy, and ended up losing my daughter due to an accident caused by undiagnosed issues with the attachment of the umbilical cord to the placenta. I had no bleeding, so I am sure this is unrelated to what you are experiencing.
But my low numbers may have been an indication of a small placenta (which was discovered at her birth).

I hope you get some good answers - but be sure they keep a close watch on you (not a popular opinion on this board I am sure)

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Audrey I'm so sorry you lost your daughter, what a heart break. I had issues with my placenta with my son's pregnancy, it had failed but thankfully didn't cause issues until the end. I am worried about the concern with it detaching, obviously it's a big concern if that's the case and I know my midwife will keep a close watch no matter what the outcome. I think everyone would agree that a healthy baby and mom are the top priority.

Cindy

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I am very sorry for your loss, Audrey. I think you are misunderstanding the point of view of the majority of people on this board, though. "Birthing Naturally" is not about rejecting all medical involvement, it's about avoiding the over-use of it without a just cause. If there is a real concern about Cindy's placenta, I, too, think her midwife should keep a close eye on it, and even refer her to a higher-risk provider if the situation warrants it. If anything can be done to prevent another tragedy like yours, I, for one, am all for that.

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"MrsMangoBabe" wrote:

I am very sorry for your loss, Audrey. I think you are misunderstanding the point of view of the majority of people on this board, though. "Birthing Naturally" is not about rejecting all medical involvement, it's about avoiding the over-use of it without a just cause. If there is a real concern about Cindy's placenta, I, too, think her midwife should keep a close eye on it, and even refer her to a higher-risk provider if the situation warrants it. If anything can be done to prevent another tragedy like yours, I, for one, am all for that.

Agreed!

I got some extra u/s's done to monitor baby after my bleeding, but there was never anything there. I even had the dr screen for vasa previa because my placenta had been low in the beginning and moved up. I'm all for medical help when needed and welcomed the extra monitoring when there may have been a problem.

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Thinking of you Cindy. Looking forward to hearing good results... :bighug:

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My numbers have dropped so we're waiting on my body now to miscarry. I hope it happens sooner rather than later.

Cindy

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I'm so sorry, Cindy!
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I am so very sorry!

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I'm sorry to hear this Cindy :bigarmhug:

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I am so sorry for your loss.

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HUGE (((((HUGS)))))

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Thanks ladies. I'm emotionally doing a lot better so that's good. I have a feeling my body is going to take it's time with this. Any suggestions on how to help it along?

Don't worry about removing your siggy.

Cindy

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If you are open to using herbs, I have heard that an herbal blend of False Unicorn and Lobelia can help: http://www.herballegacy.com/False_Unicorn.html

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Thank you. I've been drinking red raspberry tea and working on massage spots that can get things going but I'll add this to my diet.

Cindy

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