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Subchorionic Hemorrhage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

A subchorionic hemorrhage (SCH), or hematoma, is a collection of blood between the placenta and the uterus. SCH usually develops late in the first trimester. The bleeding usually reabsorbs into your body by 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most pregnancies progress without problems. You may have occasional spotting or light bleeding throughout your pregnancy.


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have abdominal pain.
  • You have a sudden increase in bleeding.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your bleeding has increased.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Pelvic rest:

Do not have sex, douche, or use tampons. Do not strain or lift heavy objects. These activities may cause contractions or infection and put you or your baby at risk. You may need to rest more than usual. Do daily activities as directed.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return frequently for ultrasounds. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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