Blood Around Sac In Early Pregnancy – Causes & Precautions

Pregnancy is a journey that many women crave to embark on while millions have the experience and for some the journey ended joyfully whilst others it ended in tears. It would be more sad and painful if there were possible effective solutions to preserve life in the womb but out of ignorance, it was lost.

When it’s a pregnancy concern, it should not be a journey without a map. At an early stage, the embryo should be checked through ultrasound to ensure that there are no complications and these should be repeated frequently. It will be insightful to learn self help measures to identify some pregnancy complications, causes, signs and ways to prevent it if possible.  

One of the complications that can occur during pregnancy is the presence of blood around the gestational sac. This condition is also known as Subchorionic Haematoma (SCH). The preceding paragraphs, will elaborate on the term, reveal the causes of blood in sac and preventive measures.

Understanding Subchorionic Haematoma

Subchorionic haematoma is bleeding or blood build-up between the wall of the uterus and the chorion which is the outer membrane of the gestational sac surrounding the developing embryo.

This condition can be detected during ultrasound but if not, keep reading to find out natural ways to know if the condition is present.

Subchorionic haematoma have different sizes, some might be small and go unnoticed while the larger ones are a cause for concern

Understanding Subchorionic Haematoma

How Blood Around The Sac Occur?

In the early weeks of pregnancy, particularly around the fifth week, the embryo implants itself into the uterine lining leading to the formation of the gestational sac; a fluid-filled structure that surrounds and protects the developing embryo.

During this process, light bleeding or spotting can occur as the embryo attaches to the uterine lining. Sometimes when the bleeding is light, it is not something to worry about. But consulting a doctor will help to prevent severe damages.

Causes Of Blood In The Gestational Sac

  • Implantation bleeding: this happens when the embryo attaches to the uterine lining. It usually occurs during the time of expected menstrual flows.
  • Subchorionic Haematoma: this is the condition where blood accumulates between the uterine wall and the outer membrane of the gestational sac. It can lead to bleeding in early pregnancy. When bleeding occurs in pregnancy, endeavor to seek help from a qualified doctor.
  • Threatened miscarriage: in some instances, bleeding around the gestational sac may be a sign of threatened miscarriage. This is a situation where there is a possibility of miscarriage, but it has not yet occurred. If a threatened miscarriage is suspected, ensure to contact a doctor.

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When To Be Concerned

Light bleeding and spotting around the gestational sac can sometimes be common and harmless. It is important to differentiate between normal pregnancy changes and potential complications.   

The following shows when to be concerned when bleeding occurs:

  • When the bleeding is heavy and bright red with severe cramps.
  • When the bleeding persists or gets worse.
  • When you experience dizziness, fainting or severe abdominal pains.

What To Do When Bleeding Occurs?

  • Contact a healthcare provider: During pregnancy, always inform your healthcare provider about any bleeding. They can evaluate the situation, conduct necessary tests and provide guidance.
  • Rest and Hydrate: resting and staying well hydrated can help alleviate minor bleeding. Avoid strenuous activities, take everything easy  until your next appointment with your healthcare provider or a qualified doctor.
  • Follow medical advice: depending on the cause and severity of the bleeding, your healthcare provider will recommend appropriate treatment or monitoring. Always follow every instruction given.


Blood around the gestational sac in early pregnancy can be a source of concern, but it always indicates a serious problem. It is important to understand the potential causes  and when to seek medical attention to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the developing embryo.

Of course, every woman wants this remarkable nine month journey to end in joy. It takes a great deal of endurance, learning and practicing to achieve this. When you have your map, you can never miss your directions; your doctor or healthcare provider is your map to reaching your destination safely. So don’t fail to reach out if any issue arises.

About the Author

Nicole Carter is a dedicated and passionate nutritionist, committed to helping individuals achieve their health and wellness goals through the power of proper nutrition. With a Bachelor's degree in Nutritional Science and years of practical experience.

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