The bleeding has decreased to spotting. The same spotting which I have been having since nearly day one.
Apparently what I have is called a Subchorionic Bleed. Here is the definition: Also called subchorionic hematoma, subchorionic bleeding is the accumulation of blood within the folds of the chorion (the outer fetal membrane, next to the placenta) or within the layers of the placenta itself. These bleeds, or clots, can cause the placenta to separate from the uterine wall if they get too large, if they develop in a bad spot, or if they aren’t eventually reabsorbed.
Because subchorionic hematomas have been linked to increased risk of placental abruption and preterm labor, you don’t want to ignore signs of spotting or bleeding.
Depending on the findings of your practitioner, as well as on your practitioner’s preferences, he or she may put you on strict bed rest, insist you refrain from lifting heavy objects, and avoid exercise and intercourse. (More details here.)
SOOOooooo here I am.. in bed. On bed rest. Do you know how UNrestful and aggravating bed rest is? I sit here and think about all the things I COULD be doing. Like laundry. Dishes. ANYTHING but sitting here checking my email for new letters and cleaning Cheerios out of the bed. (Maddie spilled her snack the other day.) I guess the point is to avoid moving too much. The midwife explained that these things are sort of able to heal themselves, and that is what we are trying to achieve here. When I have a couple of days of no spotting I can go back to normal activity. By moving and bending and lifting, what I am essentially doing is ripping a scab off a wound and not allowing this bleed to heal. So heal darn it!!
In the mean time, please feel free to send me email. Maybe with some fun suggestions for bed rest activities! I'm checking my in box like every 30 seconds. :)