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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
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.
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.
It's amazing how common it is, I knew it happened but not so frequently.
Here's hoping for happy news tomorrow morning