Stephanie - posted on 02/05/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )
I had an emergency c-section with my first child.
Second pregnancy ended in missed mc.. baby had not developed, heart did not start beating so had to have a d&c as body would not expel baby.
Second child I had a planned c-section (I have a condition where the child's head is always too big to fit through my pelvis so c-section was the only option.. big babies!). All went well with second c-section but I developed an infection my scar and it wouldn't heal. 8 months later it was still leaking and stinking.. it was horrible. I had to have another surgery to fix it up then all was fine.
Last pregnancy was going fine.. until I had a huge bleed at 9 weeks and was told I had lost the baby. Then they found a heart beat and I was told I had lost a twin possibly.. then they just didn't know. My OBGYN said the sac was very low down.. so I might end up with placenta previa.. which I did.
At 27 weeks I had a massive bleed and was rushed to hospital.. nearly bled to death..they were going to deliver right then and there.. but suddenly I clotted and bleeding stopped. Partial abrupture. They kept me on bed rest in hospital for 6 weeks.. and I had a blood transfusion as I had lost so much blood. Each week my OBGYN said she would try to keep me in for another week.. keep baby inside.. she didn't want to risk bringing baby out too early.. but she also said I could abrupt any time so had to stay close to hospital. Each scan I had (and them all.. internal, 3d.. everything) They noticed I had placenta accreta because of all the scar tissue from previous c-sections and the d&c.. so hysterectomy was discussed as the only option to save my life.
they noticed my bladder was disappearing to the right.. further and further.. they 'thought' I might have placenta percreta but because that's pretty rare they thought that might not be the case.
I convinced them to let me home after 6 weeks as I missed my other 2 children so much (they were 1 and 4 at the time).. so I went hom as we lived near the hospital.. but I kept towels everywhere.. turned out that was a good idea! one morning at 36 weeks I started bleeding.. I just had enough time to race to the front door, lie down and put a towel between my legs before I ruptured.. blood was everywhere.. ambulance came and raced me to hospital.. straight into surgery.. turned out I DID have percreta and accreta and grade 4 placenta previa.. so everything! the placenta had grown into my bladder and made big holes in it.. so that is why it was disappearing it was being pulled around as the baby grew. hysterectomy (left my ovaries but took all up till my cervix), bladder surgery (2 rounds) and blood transfusion.. I was in surgery all day from 8 am till 8pm. I ended up waking up in ICU with a tube down my throat (which was the only part i can say was the worse).
Today we're all good. my son is fine (straping baby you would never have known he was premie) and I'm fine.. don't mind in the slightest not having periods any more.. or mood swings! ha ha! body is back to normal. I'm very healthy. I was lucky.. it could have been worse but I had a good hospital (in Australia).
my case is probably worse case you'll hear.. so don't let it freak you out.. but I've been through it all so learnt a lot! If I can help anybody else feel free to ask me I'd love to help others going through the same or similar thing.