Hematoma at Eight Weeks

QUESTION

Hi there. Yesterday I went for an ultrasound scan and the sonographer told me I have a small (4mm) hematoma. I've had no symptoms, except some abdominal cramping. Baby's heatbeat seemed good --179 bpm.

Two questsions:
1. Is this bad news? How common are these blood clots?

2. The sonographer said it would likely resolve on its own but how long will that take? A couple weeks?

Any information is much appreciated. Thanks!

ANSWER

I would agree with the sonographer. Before everyone was getting all these ultrasounds, we never knew about them and no one was worried!

How long it takes to resolve really varies depending on the situation, but this is a pretty small one, so it probably won't take long.
~Cynthia

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.