Less than a week after returning home from the hospital, Tori Spelling tweeted this sweet photo of herself with her baby daughter. “While Finn sleeps, spending some bonding time with Hattie,” she commented.
It’s a reassuring sight after a frightening ordeal. Just two weeks after giving birth to her fourth child, Tori had to return to the hospital for emergency surgery to correct a problem related to complications of her cesarean section. She remained there for nearly two full weeks.
Since more than 30 percent of all births in the U.S. occur via c-section, it’s a good reminder that this procedure is not without its risks.
A cesarean, after all, is an operation, and any type of surgery can lead to complications such as infection or bleeding. Women who deliver via c-section typically go home several days later than women who give birth vaginally.
Because this was Tori’s second c-section (Hattie was born via cesarean last October), her risk of developing complications was greater. The Mayo Clinic cites such possible concerns as a weakening of the uterine wall, bladder damage, excessive bleeding and issues with the placenta. The chance that a mother will need a hysterectomy increases with each c-section she has.
Some cesareans are medically necessary. Doctors may perform them if the baby is too large, in the breech position or in fetal distress. Mothers who develop life-threatening preeclampsia or uterine ruptures will also need the surgery. But other women actively choose to have c-sections in order to avoid the pain of labor, to choose a convenient date or other reasons – a choice that some doctors and hospitals oppose.
Neither Tori nor her husband, Dean McDermott, has yet shared the details of her surgery or what led to it; perhaps they’ll discuss it once things are more settled.
For now, it’s enough that this mom is back with her family; she was even able to share little Finn’s 1-month birthday by making cupcakes for her two oldest, Liam and Stella. Tori is also tweeting regularly and sharing her finds on baby gear and maternity wear.
Continued good health to her!
[Photo: via Twitter]
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