Tori Spelling revealed her brush with death in her first interview since giving birth to son Finn Davey McDermott six weeks ago.
The actress revealed to US Weekly Magazine that she woke up about 20 weeks into her pregnancy to find blood dripping down her legs.
Spelling was diagnosed with placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers the cervix and leads to massive internal bleeding. The 39-year-old actress was so at risk that, if she had a catastrophic bleed, doctors may have had to terminate her pregnancy.
She ultimately spent 10 weeks in the hospital along with four painful months on bed rest, worrying the whole time that she would leave her family behind. Tori Spelling recalled:
“I just remember thinking, I can’t leave three children behind.”
Some doctors believe that Tori’s condition occurred partially because her past three pregnancies have been delivered via caesarean section and also because of the timing of Finn’s conception.
ABC News notes that the actress became pregnant with her fourth child just one month after delivering her third child, Hattie. Dr. David Finke, a Beverly Hills-based OB-GYN, stated:
“The greater number of pregnancies a woman carries, the higher likelihood that she will have a placenta previa.”
Four months after Tori Spelling was put on bed rest and nine intense bleeding episodes later, she gave birth via C-section to Finn on August 20. Finn was healthy, but the actress’ health scares weren’t over.
Three weeks after her fourth child’s birth, Tori Spelling was taken to the hospital again after her surgical scar ruptured. The actress had emergency surgery and stayed in the hospital for two weeks.
The reality star stated that, while she loves being pregnant, she is likely done having kids now. Tori Spelling stated that she survived the ordeal by envisioning herself “holding a healthy baby. That was the goal.” And it seems the goal has been completed, as Tori was pictured on the front of US Weekly, holding a healthy Finn.