Monday, May 6, 2013


Our poor surrogate is still in the hospital on complete bed rest due to bleeding.  It has now been over a week, and based on the daily updates we have been receiving from SCI, I expect she may be there for awhile.  For the first few days we were informed that the bleeding continued, but was mild and decreasing.  On Friday we received word that during a bedside scan the doctor detected a "3.7 x 1.9 cm area of s/c bleed seen along anterior wall of lower uterine segment." Freak out time again, and immediate search of the internet to understand what this was and what it meant!

The s/c bleed or SubChorionic Hematoma (SCH) is a pooling of blood in one of the layers around the baby and the uterus.  Not sure why it forms, but risk of miscarriage is increased.  Eventually the blood should either be absorbed back into the body or expelled through bleeding.  There is really no medical intervention for the SCH.  Meera is being kept comfortable and given iron infusions due to the blood loss.  They are running medical tests periodically to ensure everything else with her health and the baby's health are sustained.

Dr. Shivani provided the following additional information:
  • The bleed is behind the placenta, but the location doesn't matter much at this stage.
  • Meera has some mild lower abdominal pain but is otherwise OK.
  • The baby's size, gestational age and heart rate are appropriate for the period of pregnancy.
  • Unfortunately, the only thing to do is wait and see. 
This morning, we received an update that the SCH had grown to 6.7 x 3.9 cm.  While this was alarming to me, Travis and many others have continued to remind me that there really is nothing that we can do.

We appreciate everyone's thoughts and prayers for our surrogate and little one.  We also are grateful to all the people who reached out to us with their personal stories, which were very moving and hopeful.  Finally, we want to thank all those who provided us advice and tapped into their medical resources to give us more information on this issue.  One of the scariest parts of this process is the uncertainty and unknown.  Arming myself with information is one of the ways I try to combat this, but the past week has really driven home how harmful and scary random information on the internet (Dr. Google) can be, and conversely how powerful and far-reaching our support network is.  So thank you to our "family," both online and off. 

For now, we continue to wait and hope.


  1. It shold be difficult, bus you have to be patient and optimist.
    I pass you all my positive energy to you.

  2. Hang in there guys - we had one of these as well and it healed itself over time. Our surromum had complete bed rest and although it still showed up on a couple of scans afterwards, it eventually disappeared and there's no sign of it now.
    Thinking of you...

  3. Positive thoughts and prayers for you and yours.

  4. Hey guys, hang in there. As Travis said, there is nothing to do but to wait and be patient. I totally agree with what you said with the information on google land. They can drive you nuts. You remain in our thoughts and prayers. This little bump in your journey shall pass and will make you appreciate the end result even more.
    Big hug to you both..

  5. Praying that you'll see a rainbow soon.

  6. Breathe. Relax. Repeat. It's all you can do. Thinking super good thoughts.

  7. Sending you a lot of positive vibes~~~and stop googling for info! Sometimes, bleeding can be benign, sometimes it is serious, and in both cases, there is nothing you can do about it. Just wait and see or do something to distract yourself.

  8. Continue hanging in there! Bleeding can occur at various stages with various results. My previous surrogate started bleeding HEAVILY (with contractions) on her way to the hospital. I kept telling myself that I could do nothing about it and just hoped for the best. I still worried but for me, there's also something calming about "what's meant to be, will be". Sending positive vibes from Canada!