She said she tried for a year to conceive her second child with husband Kanye West, and added, “I had so many complications. I had this condition called placenta accreta. There were a couple little operations to fix all that so that created a little hole in my uterus, which I think made it really tough to get pregnant again.”
I’m not sure about you, but I’d never heard of the specific pregnancy complication—placenta accreta—Kardashian referenced. So I reached out to an expert to learn (and share) more about it.
Essentially, placenta accreta “is when the placenta grows so deeply into the uterus that it cannot be separated after delivery,” said Nathaniel G. DeNicola, M.D., an ob-gyn affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. While there’s a range of how deeply the placenta can grow, in the most severe cases it can grow completely through the uterus and even reach the bladder or other organs.
Such a condition can lead to infertility for two reasons, Dr. DeNicola explained. Often, the treatment for placeta accreta is the removal of the uterus at the time of delivery—a procedure called Cesarean Hysterectomy, sometimes abbreviated as C-Hyst. And while this obviously means that a woman wouldn’t be able to carry a future pregnancy, fertility treatments like egg retrieval and surrogacy can be options, as the ovaries aren’t usually removed. As for the second reason: “Even in cases where the uterus can be saved, the uterus may have significant scarring or otherwise be unable to carry a pregnancy,” Dr. DeNicola says.
Beyond concerns about infertility, DeNicola said placenta accreta can be otherwise dangerous for women. “In addition to the likely need for a Cesarean Hysterectomy, women with placenta accreta are at risk for heavy blood loss during delivery, called postpartum hemorrhage.” (That’s a condition I personally suffered and wrote about here.) “It can be a scary diagnosis,” he says. Indeed.
It’s not all bleak, however: Placenta accreta is relatively rare, affecting roughly 1 in 500 pregnancies, according to Dr. DeNicola. Early diagnosis through prenatal care is key here, so that a team of doctors and nurses can be on hand at a scheduled delivery. “Fortunately, with these measures in place,” he says, “placenta accreta is a manageable diagnosis.”
I love a good pregnancy announcement video that shows the parents-to-be breaking the news to the big-sibling-to-be. But throw in a well-mannered future-big-bro with a sophisticated British accent, and you have one of the most charming versions ever.
The video takes place in the car, with the camera trained on Bromby’s five-year-old son’s car seat while the pair head to the hospital for a doctor’s appointment. Bromby captioned it: “Thought I would share the video of me breaking the news to my 5yr old that he is going to be a big brother.”
“What is that?” he asks of his mama, first guessing the images could be of himself, or of his mom.
It’s then that Bromby shares the news that her son is going to be a big brother.
“Is that your baby?” he asks excitedly. “Is it in your belly right now? Is it?!”
He gets more and more thrilled as the news sinks in, exclaiming “I’m going to be a new big brother!”
Working out the new logistics, he says sweetly and sincerely, “He can sleep in my bed, if you want.” Mom replies, “That’s so kind of you.” (Awwwww!)
She tells him next that he’ll have to be patient, as the baby needs quite a while longer to cook. But he can hardly wait…. so he’ll have to spill the beans to at least one more confidante: “I’m gonna tell my teacher!”
Most of the action happens in the first 90 seconds, but you’ll want to watch the full three minutes once you see the sweet face—and the priceless accent—of this precious future big brother.
But here’s yet another reason to maintain a smart diet even before you’re expecting: New research indicates that women who eat healthy food before getting pregnant are less likely to deliver a baby with a heart defect.
The new study, published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood (Fetal & Neonatal Edition), shows that women who ate very healthy foods were 37 percent less likely than those with unhealthy diets to have a baby with tetralogy of Fallot—that’s a heart defect that limits the amount of oxygen babies’ blood can carry, and causes them to turn blue. The healthy-diet women also were 23 percent less likely to have a baby born with an atrial septal defect, which is a hole in the wall that separates the heart’s top two chambers.
So what does “healthy” mean here? A diet loaded with veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and fish, with less dairy, meat, and sweets, seemed to reduce the risks of these problems. And foods packed with good stuff like folic acid, iron, and calcium are, of course, also great for moms and babies.
The study showed an association between such a diet and lower risk of birth defects, but did not prove cause and effect.
Data came from close to 10,000 moms of babies born with heart defects, and nearly the same number of moms with healthy babies, born between 1997 and 2009. Researchers asked the women what they ate in the year prior to their pregnancy in order to determine the findings.
I love a good surprise birth story over here on this blog… and today’s installment is deliciously over the top!
Engaged couple Stephanie Tallent and Jason Nece were at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women in Houston on Friday, for a regularly scheduled ultrasound appointment to monitor Stephanie’s pregnancy. She was 36 weeks along.
But, surprise: at the appointment they learned that Stephanie was actually in active labor and already five centimeters dilated!
The pair had been planning to get married before their daughter was born—and in fact, they’d just picked up their marriage license the day before. No time like the present, amiright?!
With the news, Jason raced to the car to get the license and a white dress Stephanie had stashed there—she’d planned to take it to the dry cleaners. And he called the hospital’s chaplain to perform the marriage ceremony right on the spot!
Within a half hour, the ceremony was arranged. Doctors, nurses, and clinic staff were all on hand with details like flowers and an a capella serenade in place while the couple exchanged their vows!
Karla Wagner, ob-gyn and maternal fetal medicine specialist at Baylor Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, walked Stephanie down the aisle of the clinic to the assessment room where the wedding went down.
Afterward, the bride went straight to the pre-op area of the hospital’s labor and delivery unit for a c-section, as the baby was in breech position.
A few hours later, the best wedding gift ever: the birth of baby Sophia at 6 pounds, 3 ounces.
How’s that for a super-accelerated version of “first comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes the baby in the baby carriage!?”
Among the perks of pregnancy—guilt-free eating! Lush hair! A baby!—there is the babymoon. There’s just one challenge of doing one if you already have kids: your kids. We went on a babymoon for our first child, and didn’t bother for our second. Now that we’re due with our third, my husband and I decided we desperately needed some quality time alone. Raising two kids, one with special needs, can be pretty consuming. We pulled it off, and had the most amazing experience. For the first time in forever, I fully relaxed. These are the strategies that made our babymoon great.
1. Find no-worries childcare
If we couldn’t leave our son (who has cerebral palsy) with someone who knows him well, we weren’t going to go anywhere. After some sweet talk and bribery involving Broadway show tickets, we enlisted my sister and her husband to watch the kids for the long weekend so we could have a carefree getaway.
2. Make the trip easy
For our first babymoon, we headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico, toward the end of my second trimester. It was gorgeous, but the long-ish plane flights weren’t easy on me (hello, swollen ankles). This time around, we opted to head somewhere within a reasonable driving distance. That was good for peace of mind; if we were urgently needed at home, we could get quickly get back. Plus we could spend more on a stay, since we wouldn’t have to pay for flights. We chose The Lodge at Woodloch, a spa resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania, located within a two-hour drive of our home. It offers a Babymoon Escape, complete with an inclusive meal plan and a bag upon check-in filled with salty and sweet treats. Yes, please.
3. Enjoy stuff you never get to do
Years ago, a relationship expert told me that one way to keep a relationship exciting is for couples to learn new things. That way, you have something lively to talk about besides your kids. During our Santa Fe babymoon, we explored museums and flea markets. And although we didn’t go away for our last child, we did make some out-of-the-ordinary local plans like visiting photo galleries and doing an afternoon food tour of local Italian restaurants. At The Lodge, I signed us up for Beekeeping 101, where we got the scoop on the five hives in the resort’s garden. We got an education about growing produce, too, and got to pick and sample some.
4.Do the other thing you never get to do: nap
Naps are a total luxury; we hardly ever take them. So Dave and I made sure we had our fair share. Within 20 minutes of check in, we were swinging in adjoining hammocks. Naps: free no matter where your babymoon is.
5. Eat inspiring food
I have become quite the professional healthy eater during my first two trimesters, although some days I feel like a walking salad bowl. Traveling gives you new ideas for food prep—in this case, veggie dishes. We dined heartily and deliciously on ones made from locally-grown ingredients. Sweet potato and kale hash for breakfast? A corn, onion, broccoli, mushroom and cheddar fritatta? Bring it! Another discovery: Everything tastes better with pickled baby veggies…um, except your prenatal vitamins.
6. Work out together
It’s another thing we hardly ever do as a couple, and there’s nothing like a joint endorphin rush to bliss you out—even if all you do is take brisk walks (or, as the case may be, waddles) around the area you’re visiting. Mostly, we did laps in the light-filled pool; swimming is considered an “ideal” exercise during pregnancy, because it’s low-impact and there’s little chance of injury.
7. Get some alone time
Yes, the point of a babymoon is to be together but we both appreciated doing our own thing as well given how precious “me time” can be. While Dave took the Wine & Chocolate Pairing (not a pregnant lady activity), I did Paper Marbling (not my husband’s idea of an activity).
8. Do something special as a couple
And I’m not talking about binge-watching Netflix. The Babymoon Escape came with two spa treatments, and we booked a massage for two. My muscles were grateful for the prenatal massage, now commonplace at many spas (and you can typically use Spafinder gift cards, which can often be purchased at discounts). For once, I didn’t mind the sound of my husband’s snoring because I loved knowing he was so relaxed.
9. Make no plans whatsoever
We slept in every one of our three days there. We wandered around the property, returning again and again to the serenity of the garden. We sat on the dock by Lake Teedyuskung and talked about our future. By the time we left, we felt revived head to toe, ready to return to our kids, reality, and whatever it brought our way. — Ellen Seidman
Ellen Seidman is a mom of two, editor, and professional snacker who blogs daily at Love That Max. You can find her pondering special needs parenthood and other important topics (such as what her next snack will be) on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ even though she still hasn’t totally figured out what that is.