SCH = Subchorionic Hematoma
Well, I found a SCH support group on babycenter. It's a great resource, but I also have mixed feelings about it. Mainly because most of the ladies seem to be fairly seriously concerned about their situations. Whereas before, I was taking cues from the sonographer and Lori that things would likely be "fine". So, I surfed the group a lot yesterday, and in the end was left feeling... more worried. More stress is not good for me (I'm a natural stresser), and is not very productive anyways, so I think I shouldn't spend *too* much time on there.
Although, I got some good tips about hydration and pelvic rest (for sure sex is out, but I didn't know orgasms were too! lol).
So the spotting status is that I spotted a little brown discharge on Sat & Sun, but nothing on Monday, and so far nothing today. Which is "good", but may or may not mean the clot is shrinking (and the spotting or bleeding could re-appear at any time). Actually, most ladies on the board had to wait weeks (or months!!) for their clots to shrink or disappear. Most seem to carry to term (or nearly), although there were a few miscarriages caused by bad SCHs which detached placentas. So far, mine is completely below the fetal sacs. Which Lori said is good.
A new worry is... will the SCH somehow weaken my membranes and/or cervix? Twins are already likely to be somewhat early, and I *don't* want to be dealing with premies!! lol
Anyways, all this has forced me to get my butt moving on finding an OB. I don't have one! And I know HRC will be expecting to release me in ~2 weeks. For sure now that I know I have twins + SCH (am I considered high-risk?), I want to be seen by a proper OB who can monitor me carefully. My local clinic had no one to recommend, so I've contacted all the other fertility clinics in my city to ask if they have any referrals. So far, one says they might if I come visit them for an ultrasound (nice!!! lol). Otherwise, I'm going to have do some creative googling. And/or call major hospitals directly (??) Arggggg, so annoying.
Anyways, I've been having all sort of cramping/stretching/pulling sensations in my uterine/abdominal area these days, which I assume (hope?) is normal growth stuff as opposed to SCH symptoms (yech).
My worst secret fear is that the SCH is slowly growing and growing, and that at my US we'll find out it's enormous. I hope not though!!! Although, more growth is entirely possible, as who's to say we found the SCH at its peak size.
BTW, my SCH sprang up relatively quickly... at my 6w5d US, there was no sign of it, but then JUST ONE WEEK LATER, there it was at 4cm! Argggg.
Also, since the initial bleeding and cramping stopped, I'm back to my normal work routine, but I've cut out all the brisk walking. I also take escalators. And at home, I sit/lie as much as I can. And no heavy lifting or moving.
Let's hope this works!!!
BTW, I'm still trying to decide if I should make friends or enemies with my SCH. It *is* part of my body after all. And I need to feel positive about my body doing its own healing thing. One lady called her SCH "the monster", but I don't want to think of mine that way. Just get better, SCH!!
PS - General pregnancy symptoms update:
- Morning sickess getting a little stronger, but it's not bad at all
- Breasts still consistently sore
- Gained 4 lbs already (!!) > feeling hungry a lot, so eating too much
- Starting to show pretty darn noticeably, it's getting hard to camouflage!