I had an ultrasound at 8 weeks of pregnancy which showed a small subchorionic hemorrhage. You can read all about what subchorionic bleeding is here. Basically, a pocket of blood forms where the placenta should be and keeps the placenta from attaching to the uterine wall like it should. Generally, an OB would put a patient on bedrest with this type of condition. However, my bleed was small (it showed up on the ultrasound but never actually bled out of me) and my midwife took a much more relaxed approach. The following was her advice:
1. No lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk.
2. No sex. Basically anything that enters the vagina can irritate and make this type of bleed worse.
3. Call a doctor or midwife if there is excessive cramping or bleeding.
Luckily, I didn’t have any bleeding, but I did have quite a bit of cramping. I’m still unclear about what cramping is “safe” or due to muscles stretching and what cramping is “dangerous”. I have a hunch my cramping was from pregnancy related digestive issues, but it’s still scarey to have any cramps at all during a pregnancy. I plan to ask my midwife about good and bad cramps at my next visit. Stay tuned as I will post a video about our conversation on that issue.
Now, I am almost 15 weeks and am feeling much better. A subchorionic hemorrhage will generally heal itself or dissipate by the end of the first trimester. I have been cleared to resume life as normal at this point. I am looking forward to getting my second and last ultrasound at 20 weeks to make sure everything is ok. Have you had a subchorionic hemorrhage? Please share with us if you have!
Next step on the pregnancy radar… get maternity pants out of storage! I have been wearing the same pair of jeans for 3 months every single day because they are the only ones that fit. I told my husband I’m going to burn them as I don’t think I will ever want to wear them again after this!