The post-c-section complication I shouldn’t have ignored

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Just about all the things about my fourth being pregnant adopted Murphy’s Legislation. My water broke simply earlier than midnight on New 12 months’s Eve. Which wouldn’t be an enormous deal, however my husband and I reside 2.5 hours from the hospital and have been compelled to battle blizzard-like situation in addition to unhealthy (and doubtless drunk) drivers. However, that’s a complete different story.

*Charles, born 1-1-2016

Again to this story. Being it was New 12 months’s Eve, my physician was, after all, on trip. Because the surgeon on name began to wheel me into the working room for my fourth c-section, she stated, “So, are we tying these tubes up then?”

Earlier than I might even reply, my mother blurted, “Sure. Yep, tie them up!”

I smiled sweetly at my mom and stated, “No. Not this time.”

The surgeon checked out me like a crazed individual, “Effectively, you realize your probabilities of creating placenta accreta after a fourth cesarean part go proper by way of the roof!”

I requested her calmly, “What’s that?”

Taking full benefit of informing an ignorant affected person the surgeon defined that placenta accreta, increta, and percreta are situations by which the placenta both attaches itself to the uterus — or worse, really grows by way of and attaches to surrounding organs.

Having had semi-uneventful recoveries from my earlier c-sections, and the truth that my physician was clearly not too involved about this specific situation, I responded, “I assume I will move this time and wait and speak to Molly (my physician and girlfriend). However, if I do get this placenta factor subsequent time, what would occur?”

“Effectively, a for-sure hysterectomy if it solely attaches to your uterus. An early supply for child. And, if the placenta begins rising by way of the c-section scar and attaching to different organs, unhealthy issues will occur. You. May. Die.”

It was very dramatic. However, I ignored her warnings and low-and-behold right here I am, pregnant with child quantity 5.

A pair weeks in the past I went in for a 13-14-week ultrasound. I introduced my greatest pal with so we might get our nails performed and seize tacos afterward. So, when the ultrasound tech left saying she would present the physician the photographs and are available proper again, however got here again and took extra photos as an alternative, we have been a bit of involved.

The second time she left she stated the specialist can be in quickly to see us. My bestie stated, “Uh oh. Is that standard?”

The physician got here in and stated these blasted phrases — placenta accreta.

Whereas I don’t have a agency analysis simply but, I will have to return each couple of weeks for the following few months for that, the very first thing I thought was, Thank goodness that surgeon not works at this hospital to rub it in my face, however the very first thing that comes out of Mother’s mouth goes to be I instructed you so.

And it was, after all, however she stated it within the nicest doable method.

And though I wouldn’t commerce my first woman and (sadly) my final child for something — even my uterus — I positive want I would have taken the surgeon’s warning severely and ready myself for this consequence.


Photographs by Whitney Barthel, iStock

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