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April 27th, 2010, 01:22 PM
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I am dealing with a subchorionic hematoma. This is the third pregnancy that I've had this, one live birth, one loss at 12 weeks. (just this past December) Being that I homebirth and have a wonderful lay midwife, ultrasound and such are not part of my normal pregnancy routine. We only do them if need be.

I had some spotting at 6 weeks and because of our previous loss, midwife ordered me an ultrasound that showed a healthy baby and the SCH. I spotted a bit and had a few big red gushes just before 8 weeks - another ultrasound at 8 weeks still showed our healthy baby and the stupid SCH - which had not gotten bigger or smaller.

I put myself on modified bedrest and pelvic rest. The bleeding completely stopped. So after a week of no bleeding at 9 weeks, I went back to normal activity - everything has been okay, so after two weeks of no bleeding at 10 weeks, we resumed marital intimacy. (YAY!!) Still no bleeding Praise God.

So I know these things can quickly resorb with or without bleeding, or they can get bigger with or without bleeding. No rhyme or reason. I am trying to decide if we should have another ultrasound or not. I am not convinced of their safety, especially in early pregnancy and I've already had two. And on top of that I purchased a doppler, which has been a great comfort, but I have concerns over their safety also.

Midwife is leaving it up to me, which I appreciate. Dh leans toward having another around 12 weeks. I just don't know. If I'm not bleeding, and carrying on like my normal active self and everything seems fine - why bother?

What would you fellow homebirthing mamas do? Thanks!
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April 27th, 2010, 02:12 PM
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Me personally, I wouldn't have an ultrasound unless there was some sign that one is indicated... like you said, if everything is okay why bother? OTOH, if you would have a difficult time with worrying, then the peace of mind might be enough to warrant an ultrasound despite the potential risks.

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April 27th, 2010, 05:24 PM
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I agree with Jennifer. Unless you felt there was a need to have one, your symptoms continued or whatnot, then I'd probably not have one... unless of course it would provide you or your DH with a piece of mind. I personally think that worrying about it can be just as hard on you physically and mentally. Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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April 27th, 2010, 07:17 PM
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I agree with Jennifer and Christine. I would have it if you feel that one is needed. Otherwise, I'd pass. Good luck with your decision and let us know what you decide to do.
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April 27th, 2010, 08:38 PM
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I would be inclined to have one once you clear the first trimester, to see if it has resolved completely, or is just dormant.

But I am a person that is comfortable with the safety of ultrasounds.
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