Mom Thought She Had Long C.O.V.I.D. It Turns Out She Was Pregnant In Her Second Trimester
She had a ʀᴀʀᴇ ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ called “ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ ᴘᴇʀᴄʀᴇᴛᴀ” that turned her world ᴜᴘsɪᴅᴇ ᴅᴏᴡɴ.
If you are pregnant, your body is experiencing ᴍᴀᴊᴏʀ ᴄʜᴀɴɢᴇ. From sʏᴍᴘᴛᴏᴍs that you might expect, to ones that are completely out of the blue, every woman will have a different pregnancy experience. It’s helpful to have an idea of how your body may ʀᴇᴀᴄᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ᴅɪFFᴇʀᴇɴᴛ sᴛᴀɢᴇs of pregnancy. It also helps to know how pregnancy may affect your emotions and feelings. Jo Anne McCusker was feeling so tired that she wondered if she had long C.O.V.I.D.
“I Fᴇʟᴛ ᴏFF, ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ sɪᴄᴋ ,” McCusker, 36, of Englewood, New Jersey said and she went to the hospital doctor said ” You may have long C.O.V.I.D., but you also happen to be pregnant. In fact, very pregnant.’” She was in her second trimester. She found out she had ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ ᴘᴇʀᴄʀᴇᴛᴀ, a rare pregnancy ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴ sʜᴇ’ᴅ ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ʜᴇᴀʀᴅ of before.
She had a sᴘᴇᴄᴛʀᴜᴍ of serious ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ complications. Sam Bender, ᴀssɪsᴛᴀɴᴛ ᴄʟɪɴɪᴄᴀʟ ᴘʀᴏFᴇssᴏʀ ᴏF ᴏʙsᴛᴇᴛʀɪᴄs, ɢʏɴᴇᴄᴏʟᴏɢʏ ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴇᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛɪᴠᴇ sᴄɪᴇɴᴄᴇ at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “When you have a ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ that’s inherently this way, you’re at a ᴛʀᴇᴍᴇɴᴅᴏᴜs ʀɪsᴋ that you’re going to ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇ ᴀ ʜʏsᴛᴇʀᴇᴄᴛᴏᴍʏ at the time of your delivery. For this reason, her OB-GYN transferred her to the care of a ʜɪɢʜ-ʀɪsᴋ group. McCusker’s first child was ᴅᴇʟɪᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ ᴠɪᴀ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, but her other two were vaginal births after ᴄᴇsᴀʀᴇᴀɴ (VBAC).
“Even after I was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ, I downplayed the ʀɪsᴋ to me because I was more focused on the baby growing inside of me,” she said. “That’s something a lot of moms probably focus on.”
Thanks to various images, the team knew that McCusker might ᴇxᴘᴇʀɪᴇɴᴄᴇ ᴇxᴄᴇssɪᴠᴇ ʙʟᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇ ʙʟᴀᴅᴅᴇʀ ʀᴇᴘᴀɪʀ sᴜʀɢᴇʀʏ. Then doctors needed to decide when to deliver the baby. If they waited too long and mom went into labor, she could ʙʟᴇᴇᴅ out during birth. If they delivered too early, the baby might need too many ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴠᴇɴᴛɪᴏɴs ɪɴ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴇᴏɴᴀᴛᴀʟ ɪɴᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ care unit. But McCuskey started ʙʟᴇᴇᴅing as the doctors worked to identify and ligate the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs’ ᴍᴀᴊᴏʀ ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴠᴇssᴇʟs, ᴀɴᴅ sʜᴇ ʀᴇǫᴜɪʀᴇd a “massive” ʙʟᴏᴏᴅ ᴛʀᴀɴsFᴜsɪᴏɴ. Then the ᴜᴛᴇʀᴜs and ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ were removed. But her ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ’s growth had ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ ʜᴇʀ ʙʟᴀᴅᴅᴇʀ, which a sᴜʀɢᴇᴏɴ ʀᴇᴄᴏɴsᴛʀᴜᴄᴛᴇᴅ.
A challenging recovery.
While McCusker knew about all the possibilities surrounding her baby’s delivery, she still felt surprised when she woke up a day later in the intensive care unit. She also sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ with feeling too weak to care for her children.
“I held the baby but I didn’t feel strong enough to hold him for very long — and he was only like 4 pounds,” she said. “That was heartbreaking to me, but it was a lot of emotions. You’re so happy and relieved to see Kellen. I couldn’t look at my husband without crying because I just knew what he was going through, worried about us.”
She hopes her story helps other women with ᴘʟᴀᴄᴇɴᴛᴀ ᴘᴇʀᴄʀᴇᴛᴀ feel less sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ ᴀɴᴅ ɪsᴏʟᴀᴛᴇᴅ. She said. “I just want to let other moms know that if they’re ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ with this, they are not alone.”