Hi guys. Borntobemummy's husband here. She just wanted me to come and update you all on what's been happening. Our laptop wireless connection has not been working and our only other computer is hard to access for her so she hasn't had much chance. She's currently sleeping and resting as much as possible. For those that don't know, she's 9 weeks in and a strong heartbeat and healthy baby was detected in the first ultrasound.
Late Thursday afternoon, we were on our way to the car to drive home from the shops when DW had a sudden blood flow. Her pants and undies had a fair bit of blood- she described it like her water was breaking, but blood. It wasn't 'meaty' (I hate that word). She hadn't been experiencing cramps or any unusual pain. She'd felt sick but she often does.
Obviously, we were just a little shocked and scared. Our immediate thoughts were 'That's it' (we both thought miscarriage has just happened without saying it). We went straight to emergency.
Joelle was put on a drip and she continued to bleed. The hospital did not do any tests (other than blood pressure etc etc) except HCG levels. They told us that the level was 12,000. A week or 2 before it was 70,000ish. We asked the doctor if he was sure. He came back and corrected himself- it was more like 120,000. He'd misread it.
The bleeding slowed right down (she filled between 1-2 pads). We arrived home around 8 I think.
He gave us a referral to get an ultrasound outside of hospital the next day and told Joelle to rest. Basically, he was vague, but diagnosed it as a 'threatened abortion'- which meant that if the baby hadn't died yet, it could well be on its way to happening. It could go either way and he couldn't tell us much more than that. He told us if it was going to happen there was not much we could do about it.
The next morning the bleeding had pretty much stopped. We went to the ultrasound with our hearts in our chest. The ultrasound detected our baby alive, happy and healthy with everything in place. The ultrasound detected blood outside the sac but from the sides of the womb. The official diagnosis was this-
"Perigestational sac subchorionic haematoma of 20.8ml lying inferior to the gestational sac. This measures 2.1 x 6.1 x 3.1cm in dimension and is crescentic on shape. Cervix is closed."
We then took the report to the doctor who happily admitted he had little idea what that meant. He knew what it was and where it was but didn't know the significance of it- so he referred us to an obstetrician who we are yet to make an appointment with (this was just yesterday). He said that DW should rest and do absolutely nothing.
We thought we were out of the woods but this morning DW had more blood on her tissue after having diarrohea. She says it was enough to be worried and thinks that the way she went to the toilet may have caused it.
So that's the story so far, I'm gonna see how DW feels when she wakes up and if she has bled more- to see whether we need to go back to hospital.
If you have had a similar experience, or if you know anything about this particular diagnosis please reply. Is it serious? Is it nothing? Is it going to cause ongoing problems? Will it effect our chances of homebirth? If you have any insight, please reply as we've often found the advice on here to be far more helpful and accurate than what we have heard from GPs and such.
Thanks guys. borntobemummy sends her love.