It certainly hasn't been an easy year for Tori Spelling. After learning she'd be having back-to-back babies, the mom of four received a life-threatening diagnosis of placenta previa and was placed on hospital bed rest for two-and-a-half months. In the wake of Kate Middleton's pregnancy news, Tori appeared on this morning's Good Morning America to look back on her physically and emotionally challenging fourth pregnancy. She opened up about the family milestones she missed while in the hospital, the possibility of more children (probably not), and how the family will celebrate the holidays.
Considering it is the body's only disposable organ, it's amazing how important the placenta is to the growth and nutrition of babies in utero. Throughout pregnancy, the placenta moves around the uterus, ultimately making its way to the top, in anticipation of labor. Sometimes, it stays in place on the bottom of the uterus, either partly or completely covering the cervix, leading to a condition called placenta previa.
Placenta previa occurs in one out of every 200 pregnancies, and while it is a serious condition, it is manageable. Usually discovered at the end of the second trimester or early in the third, the condition is often found during routine sonograms or through symptoms like heavy vaginal bleeding. While this may sound severe, placenta previa no longer poses the risks it did years ago.
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