I'm back. I've got a subchorionic hematoma (aka a subchorionic hemorrhage) - a clot of blood between my placenta and the uterine wall where the placenta isn't attached securely.
Baby looked great, strong heartbeat, totally oblivious to the terror outside...He was licking his lips and pretty damn cute.
The doctor says this should resolve itself naturally, there is no treatment for it other than rest and patience really, I'm likely to bleed over the next week/ten days he says, and that I should try to stay as calm as I can. He introduced me to all the other doctors in his office since he is out of town next week and I will see his partner on Tuesday for a recheck.
I guess this is good news. Scary good news. Doctor says my biggest risk is of going into preterm labor from an infection at this point; but he doesn't see that happening (I had no contractions while hooked up to the u/s, I've had no cramping, my cervix is long and closed tight...). He said he has never seen fetal demise from an SCH, rather that the ptl is the biggest concern. (Though, duh, ptl would mean fetal demise at this point, I do understand that. But at least I'd have some warning - I'd be cramping and contracting - it wouldn't be a sudden "no heartbeat" scenario, he says. I guess that's comforting.)
So, that's where we stand. So much for an easy, uncomplicated pregnancy this time around.
Baby boy, stay strong. Uterus, stay healthy. Hematoma, resolve your issues and heal up soon, k?