Today’s post is contributed by the lovely Carla from My Bump 2 Babyand it is all about her experience of Placenta Previa.
I attended my 20 week scan and was told that everything was fine with the baby which was great news, however I was told at this point that I had a low lying placenta. The sonographer insisted that it is quite common and more often than not the low lying placenta will correct itself and a normal delivery will be possible. I found myself asking more and more questions but the lady assured me that there was no point worrying about it yet. I was booked in for another placenta previa ultrasound at 32 weeks.
Unfortunately, by week 28 I began having random small bleeds every week they started as brown discharge and as the weeks went on it began getting more and more heavy and bright red. Vaginal bleeding or discharge are signs of placenta previa. Whenever I had any bleeding or discharge I had to go to straight to hospital no matter what time and stay in for a few days being closely monitored. The midwives warned me that these bleeds can be a warning sign that a big bleed is about to happen and it can also be fatal for me and the baby if we don’t get to the hospital in time.
I was due to get married in the next few weeks and I was now spending a lot of my time in hospital. The nurses told me that there was a chance that I would miss the wedding day if I had a bleed in the days leading up to it but luckily there was no bleed and the wedding went ahead, I was just over 6 months pregnant by this point.
I had further bleeds in the weeks after the wedding and on the last occasion I had a slight bleed and went in to hospital… and again… no sign of anything else so I was pretty much ready for home. The doctors advised me to stay in one more night and it was that night that I woke up in a pool of blood, literally I had never seen anything like it. I pressed the buzzer and the midwife came… they said they would have to Deliver George immediately via caesarean and I had lost too much blood (2 litres). I couldn’t believe it …my son wasn’t ready yet… he was 7 weeks premature and I was so scared.
The whole Caesarean experience was fine and really not as bad as I imagined. There were a lot of nurses and doctors in the room and I was made to sign a form to allow a hysterectomy if required. The problem with a low lying placenta is that as the womb usually contracts after birth but if the placenta is covering the cervix sometimes this does not happen and therefore the bleeding will not stop. They explained that if the bleeding will not stop they will attempt to put a balloon in my womb and then pack my womb with material this will apply pressure in an attempt to stop the bleeding and if that didn’t work I would have to have a hysterectomy.
The Caesarean began and I didn’t feel a thing however I did feel myself slipping away during the operation but I believe that it was due to the loss of blood and one point during the operation I felt like I was going to throw up. I was heard the doctors and nurses talking during the operation and they said that they will have to put a balloon in and pack my womb to try and stop the bleeding.
George was welcomed in to the world at 2:44am weighing in at 4lbs 12oz. George had to be resuscitated and had to have a blood transfusion. I never got to hold George as he was immediately taken to the neonatal unit. He was on oxygen and had wires that seemed to be everywhere.
I had two blood transfusions and had to have a balloon in my womb to stop the bleeding, I then had to have my womb packed with material which was later taken out.
George was in hospital for a further 3 weeks which was very difficult at the time but thankfully my husband and I have wonderful family and friends that supported us and we now have a beautiful health boy
Cheers for reading X