We have a heartbeat.  122 bpm, which at 6w1d is great.  Fetal pole measures on target, sac measures on target, hCG rose appropriately.  Progesterone is coming down some, but it can’t keep going up.  My ovaries are huge.  HUGE.

The bad news, because there alway is some: there’s a big fat clot up at the top of my uterus.  The baby has implanted lower than “typical”, and there’s a big clot up at the fundal part of the uterus – I can’t recall the exact measurements, but something in the neighborhood of 3 or 4 cm by 2 cm.  I asked what happens – “it has to come out”.  The hope is that it will come out gradually as liquid blood, not as one giant clot.  I’m not sure it’s a subchorionic hematoma – I do not actually think it’s related to this pregnancy – it might be related to the loss of a twin.  I could be wrong about this. I go back Monday for another ultrasound.  I’m done with blood work as long I’m okay with that – I know that the ultrasounds are far, far more important than the hormone levels at this point.

I’m trying to be positive, but I’m still scared about what happens with this clot.  It probably means lots more bleeding, maybe for a long time – and that’s the good outcome.

~ by Larisa on February 24, 2010.

14 Responses to “heartbeat”

  1. Whew. Not the most reassuring of ultrasounds, but it is good to see a heartbeat and know everything else is measuring/growing on target. A small victory. I pray that it does come out a bit at a time as blood instead of a clot (or even various clots as that is always scary). Ultrasounds are the only way to measure what is happening- hoping Monday’s US shows a diminishing clot and strong baby! We can all hold our breath until then, right?

  2. Congratulations!! My second DD implanted low in my uterus, near my previous c-sec scar and things were scary, so I understand a bit of how you are feeling. Hope the clot passes quietly and quickly. Take care!!

  3. I’ve been refreshing all day!

    I’m so glad for the good news and hope the clot resolves itself safely for both you and the baby.

  4. I am so, so glad to hear the heartbeat news! It sounds like growth is right on track. I’m hoping very much that the clot resolves soon.

  5. Glad to read the good news. Now here is to a shrinking clot that disappears without any other harm.

  6. I wish I could adequately capture into words how I feel for you: simultaneously THRILLED about the heartbeat but also dreading the coming weeks for you. The early days of pregnancy are so tenuous, it feels, and bleeding just makes everything feel WORSE.

    Wishing you strength, a strong growing baby, and a slowly shrinking clot in the next couple of weeks for you. And just keep breathing – so far the positive is that you have a good healthy embryo in there, growing away.


  7. I’m so happy for you for this good, reassuring news from the ultrasound. I’ll echo what everyone else said and send good wishes your way for the clot to slowly and gently diminish on its own.

  8. Part of me is relieved – a heartbeat and good measurements!
    Part of me is very concerned about what is to come. Bar magic, I don’t see how that clot is going to go away without scaring you.

  9. i’m so happy to hear about those 122 bpm. that is great news. i’m sorry to hear about the clot. i wish it could just disappear without you having to be terrified until it’s gone. xoxo

  10. I completely echo what Serenity said. I am excited about the HB, but completely understand the anxiety the clot is causing.

  11. Congrats on the heartbeat. That is huge — especially after a white-knuckle beginning (believe me, I’ve been there).

    Found your blog only recently, and really looking forward to following your next journey. Wishing you all the best with the clot. If it IS a subchorionic hematoma, I had one too and my RE said about 80% of his IVF patients have them and it’s no biggie. But I know anything of this nature is scary. Wishing your family all the best!

  12. Thinking of you and wishing you the absolute best possible outcome!!

  13. I’m so happy to read that you got a heartbeat! I can imagine even with good news, you are a bit hesitant due to the clot, to fully enjoy this pregnancy. But, I keep hoping for you and pray that this clot will not affect the pregnancy in any negative way. I’m so happy for you though!

  14. I’ll be praying very hard that this baby is safe and sound and growing well inside your tummy! And also praying for your peace of mind!

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