Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Hematoma = Bed Rest

Last blog I told you guys that I had to visit the doctor because I had some bleeding and a clot. Well, everything checked out fine and I was told it would end and just to take it easy...

It didn't end.

The bleeding picked up and this morning it became very scary. I just knew something bad had happened. I woke Casey up at 5 am in fear of the worst. We called the on call nurse and was told to come in for a visit after the office opened. I sat there in bed thinking of all the bad things that could have gone wrong for 3 hours. Finally the office opened and I made an appointment to be checked.

Of course, when we got there we found out our doctor was in Mexico for vacation and the back up doctor was in emergency surgery... and we would have to see the back up of the back up doctor. I honestly didn't care who I saw at this point as long as someone told me our baby was okay.

We were called back an hour later and FINALLY had a sonogram. Thank the heavens, we were able to locate our sweet baby and hear the heart beat. The very strong and fast heart beat... 177 beats per minute to be exact!  And the baby looks like he/she has almost doubled in size since our last sonogram 6 days ago!

This is from today!!

This is the comparison from last week and today!!! 

But what was the cause of the bleeding? That was my question and I needed to know or I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until it stopped.

After a very lengthy sonogram, we were told that I have a subchorionic hematoma... Now you see, I have been watching a lot of Grey's Anatomy here lately and hearing "hematoma" really freaked me out! My friends Derrick and Meredith (haha) say hematoma and rush a patient off to surgery. Go ahead laugh, Casey did!

Basically what a subchorionic hematoma is, is a blood vessel that was somehow ruptured and is now bleeding out. It could be caused by the baby implanting or from straining to go to the bathroom (because we all know I have a problem in that area) or from a number of other things... there isn't one certain cause they could pin point it to. And no, my pedicure yesterday did NOT cause this and oils could not have prevented this... Just to be clear!

Below is a picture of my cervix. The dark larger spot is my amniotic sac with our baby inside. The smaller darker spot with the plus signs next to it, that is my hematoma.

I have been put on bed rest until further notice so that the hematoma will bleed out instead of growing in size. My next appointment is July 9th and they will measure the hematoma and make sure it is getting smaller. Right now it is about 3 millimeters in size.

Good news, the baby has implanted very high in my cervix and the hematoma is low... it is not affecting my pregnancy other than me bleeding. The doctor also said that after hearing the heartbeat that the chance of miscarriage is less than 15%!!! That makes me feel a little bit better.

So for the next week, I will be laying on my couch and my bed while Casey waits on me hand and foot... Trust me, he is liking me actually having to ask for help.... something I am not good at doing! He is a bit bossy though, if I get up to pee he questions where I am going, what I am doing, and so many other questions. It is cute and I am so happy I have him!!!

Side note, so being shuffled around this morning between doctors actually turned out to be a good thing. We ended up falling in love with the doctor we met today and loved her more than the doctor we normally see. We both left feeling like we need to switch... calling 1st thing in the morning!

I have had a lot of people ask me how they can help... prayers! Pray that the hematoma clears up and I am able to get back to work. Pray that our baby continues to grow and strive. Pray that I don't drive Casey crazy while I am on bed rest. Pray that I don't drive myself crazy!!! Just pray!!!



  1. I had the same thing happen to me at 20 weeks. While it was scary at the moment and hard to be on bed rest for a week it was worth it and im happy to say my lil guy turns 3 in September. Get lots of rest & dont be afraid to ask for help. Prayers for you!

  2. I bled for the first six months with my first son and had three threaten miscarriages. I followed my Dr.'s orders and more have a happy healthy rambunctious 8year old! Prayers and good thoughts sent your way honey, You got this!!