A pregnant mother is living in fear of losing her baby after the scar from her previous emergency c-section began to open up inside of her.
Anne McNally, 36, is currently 21 weeks pregnant with her fifth child and is due to welcome a baby girl in November 2020.
Anne’s children Jack, 18, Macey, 10, and twins James and Millie, 4, all entered the world through emergency c-sections.
Shockingly, the scar from her last emergency c section is now opening up inside of Anne’s body, risking the life of both the mother and her unborn baby.
School cleaner Anne said: “Hearing that my scar was opening up, I immediately started crying, it was really scary.
“I was terrified because the doctors said it could be life threatening to me and my baby.
“It was very overwhelming, especially as I was on my own at the appointment as nobody could come with me because of Covid-19.
“There is a chance the scar could open up fully, resulting in me dying or my baby dying or even both of us but I don’t even want to think about that.
“Now, I’m just taking every day as it comes and trying not to move around too much which is extremely hard with four kids including twin toddlers!”
Anne was surprised when she found out that she was pregnant in February 2020 despite regularly taking the contraceptive pill ever since her twins were born.
She and her baby’s father couldn’t believe it but were excited for a new sibling for their children when Anne suddenly started bleeding on 12 April.
Terrified, they went to the doctor who found the baby to be looking healthy but there was a surprising amount of fluid in the stomach.
Further tests revealed that Anne was suffering from a silent scar dehiscence – the scar on her uterus from her last emergency c-section was opening up inside of her.
With Anne’s placenta currently at the bottom of her uterus, doctors warned that it could move into the opening of the scar and cause placental disease.
The scar’s opening has grown throughout her pregnancy and is currently measured at 8cm but if it keeps opening, Anne’s unborn baby could move into her stomach which could kill both Anne and her child.
The expectant mother will now undergo scans every four weeks as doctors monitor her progress and track the rate at which her scar is opening to protect her and her baby.
Anne is staying positive and trying to move as little as possible but has found it difficult, especially with going to appointments on her own due to the pandemic.
She said: “I’m still scared now, especially when I get pain with the scar opening up.
“The doctors have said as long as the scar doesn’t fully open up, they will take me as far as possible and hopefully everything will go ok.
“I won’t be able to go to full term because of the scar opening so I’ll be getting booked in for an early c section.
“We could still both die and there’s a chance I could bleed too much as my scar tissues are so bad that I could basically bleed to death.
“I am trying to stay positive because thinking about it all the time was making me feel sick and that wasn’t good for the baby or for me, it was just making it worse.
“The pandemic has made it all ten times worse as I have to do it all on my own without the baby’s dad there to support me.
“I just want the best for my baby and I have to just take every day as it comes – I’m hoping for the best and doing all I can to look after us both.”