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Pregnancy Complications

A subchorionic hematoma (also commonly referred to as a subchorionic hemorrhage) is basically a pool of blood that collects where implantation has taken place.  It forms between the uterine wall and the placenta.  It can cause early pregnancy bleeding as the pool of blood, blood clot, or bruise leaks.  Which, for a woman in early pregnancy when the miscarriage rate is at its highest can be very scary.

For many women the blood will be reabsorbed with no bleeding at all and no negative impact on the pregnancy.  For some women the most common symptom, and what often leads to the diagnosis of a subchorionic hematoma, is vaginal bleeding early in pregnancy.  The presence of a subchorionic hematoma doesn’t not necessarily mean there will any negative impact on the pregnancy, however, it does increase the risk of miscarriage.  As such your doctor will likely monitor you more closely during early pregnancy and may even prescribe pelvic rest until you are “out of the woods”.

At my first ultrasound at 6 weeks I was diagnosed with a subchorionic hematoma.  I didn’t at the time know anything about them.  My doctor stated to watch out for bleeding and if any occurred to call him immediately.  I was asked to come back in 2 weeks for another ultrasound so they could monitor the status of the hematoma and check on the pregnancy.  My doctor highly downplayed the risks of a subchorionic hematoma and I left his office thinking I had nothing to worry about.  At my next appointment at 8 weeks the ultrasound showed the hematoma had greatly reduced in size and was no longer a threat to my pregnancy.  I was incredibly relieved, especially since I had also been one of the lucky women who did not experience any bleeding as a result of my subchorionic hematoma.

A subchorionic hematoma does not mean your pregnancy is going to end.  The risk of miscarriage does increase but not significantly.  The larger the blood clot the more risk to the pregnancy.  There is nothing a pregnant woman can do to prevent a subchorionic hematoma and there is really nothing you can do once you receive the diagnosis.  The best thing you can do is listen to your doctor, follow his or her orders and wait and see.  Be sure to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Every year almost 550,000 babies in the United States is born premature, that’s 1 baby for every 8 babies born. That is too many. Today, November 17th, is National Prematurity Awareness Day. Today is about giving a voice to those tiny lives who don’t have a voice of their own. Today is about showing our support for the parents of those tiny babies born too soon. Today is about supporting an organization that is trying to end prematurity, the March of Dimes.

Premature birth is the leading cause of death among newborns worldwide and results in $26 billion in health care costs each year here in the United States alone. The goal of the March of Dimes is to help each pregnant woman have a healthy pregnancy and help each family welcome a healthy, full-term baby at the end of that healthy pregnancy.  That may seem like a lofty goal, but it is a goal that has resulted in a recent decline in premature births by more than 3%.  It is a goal I am proud to support.

As the mother of a little girl who was born full term I know the joy and relief that can come from knowing your baby is healthy.  Every mother should know that feeling.  I have also seen the pain, frustration, helplessness and agony that can come from watching your child fight for their life from the confines of a NICU.  My youngest brother was born 8 weeks premature.  Today he is a healthy 19 year old, but in those early days it was scary.  No parent should have to stand back and wonder if their child will make it, or worse watch as their baby loses their fight for life.

I support the March of Dimes and I fight for preemies on behalf of children like Maddie Spohr who sadly and heartbreakingly lost their fight, and on behalf of children like my brother who thankfully won theirs.  Each child deserves a fighting chance and I want to help give them that.

Please, if you can, support the March of Dimes in their efforts and show those tiny babies fighting for their lives that they are not fighting alone.

This Saturday, April 24th, I’ll will done my Friends of Maddie t-shirt and my running shoes. I’ll meet up with the other women, friends and strangers, who make up our March for Maddie St. Louis team. We will walk side by side in honor of a little girl who continues to touch my heart every day. We will walk side by side in solidarity with Heather and Mike Spohr. We will walk side by side in support of an organization doing amazing things to advance maternal and infant medical care so that one day, just maybe, every baby will be born healthy.

Walking in honor of Madeline Spohr in this weekend’s March for Babies is such an honor. I am proud to be contributing to a cause near and dear to my heart.

As I walk I will remember all the people in my life who have been affected by prematurity, including my baby brother. Who will be celebrating his 19th birthday this summer. He has come a long way from the rough start his life had when he was born 8 weeks early.

This Saturday my heart will be filled with love for Maddie. With each step I take I’ll will be thinking about Heather and Mike and their sweet little girl.

I’ve almost reached my fundraising goal. Just $20 to go! Please consider making a donation to help me reach my goal. Every dollar helps. The money to money you donate goes directly to the March of Dimes.

Today when I opened my mailbox there was a package from Cafe Press. I have been anxiously awaiting this package since I placed my order with them last week. You see, this package contained two very special t-shirts.   The t-shirts Maya and I will wear on April 24th when we proudly walk along side the other members of the March for Maddie St. Louis team. We will walk for Maddie. We will walk with all the other family and friends of Maddie who will be walking all over the country that same day.

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When I showed Maya her t-shirt she said “Oh, cute shirt!”

The March of Dimes is an amazing organization and walk for Maddie and raising money in her name for such an amazing cause means a lot to me. Please consider making a donation to the March of Dimes by sponsoring me in this walk. You can just click on the badge above and it will take you to my March for Babies profile, you can make your donation there. Every little bit helps.

Last year, in the midst of the sadness of Maddie Spohr’s passing something magical happened.  All over the country people asked what they could do to help.  What they could do to support the Spohrs and to support the families of other preemies and the joined March of Dimes walks in their local community to walk in the name of this little girl who had in some way touched their hearts.

I was one of those people.  Although I had already been planning on trying to walk last year before Maddie passed, I hadn’t really done much to figure out how I was going to go about doing so.  After learning of Maddie’s passing I knew without a doubt that I had to walk.  It was something I could do to show my support to Heather and Mike from here.  It was something I could do to honor Maddie.  So I joined the St. Louis March for Maddie team and walked along side other people who had been touched by Maddie and thousands of others who had in some way been touched prematurity.  The experience was very profound and I knew as I left the walk that day that I would be back every year, to walk for Maddie and to walk for all those people in my life who have been touched by prematurity.

Marching for Maddie

So, about a month ago I set up March for Maddie St. Louis.  I will be walking again this year in love and remembrance of the amazing Miss Maddie.  I will be walking in support of Heather and Mike Spohr.  I will be walking for all those in my life who have been touched by prematurity.  I will be walking in hopes that one day no one has to know the grief of losing a child because they were born to soon.  I will be walking to give every baby the fighting chance they deserve.

If you are in the St. Louis area and would like to join our team please go here and sign up, we would love to have as many people walking for Maddie as we can get.  We would also appreciate your support.  Please consider making a donation, all money raised goes to the March of Dimes and helps in their efforts on behalf of pregnant moms and babies everywhere.   To donate to our team please click on the banner above.