This incredible image of a growing baby’s legs and feet ‘escaping’ her mum’s uterus through a convenient side-exit will have many women crossing their own legs and rubbing their eyes in disbelief.
Sprung a ‘leak’
The image, published in the The New England Journal of Medicine on December 21, accompanied a report on this mum’s very rare uterine rupture.
(Before we go any further, let us reassure you that everything turned out just fine for the mum and baby in question!)
Live Science reports that the woman developed a one inch tear in her uterine wall, and that the amniotic sac popped through that tear, offering her developing baby a potential roomy upgrade.
The pregnant mum had no idea that her baby had gone from bedsit to potential penthouse in the blink of an eye.
It was only when she went in for her 22 week scan that the tear, and wandering amniotic sac, became apparent.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine
This was apparently the mum’s sixth pregnancy, with all previous babies delivered via C-section.
Dr. Pierre-Emmanuel Bouet, of France’s Angers University Hospital was the lead author of the report. He said the numerous C-sections the woman had undergone may have weakened the wall of her uterus.
The rupture wasn’t in the same spot as her C-section scar, but it was close by and Dr Bouet said this can be typical of the area around the scar. While the scar is quite robust, the surrounding skin can be made more fragile.
Once the rupture was discovered, the woman’s medical team advised her of the risks involved in continuing her pregnancy – namely further tearing, early labour, rupturing of the amniotic sac or problems with the placenta retaining.
The parents involved chose to have their pregnancy closely monitored and forge on. Amazingly, mum was not put on bed rest and was advised that moderate exercise – like gentle walking – was a-okay.
By 30 weeks the tear had grown by a further two inches, and the baby’s legs and feet were fully venturing into his mum’s abdomen (as we can see! Gulp!) #PartyTime
It was decided that the baby should make his appearance.
All’s well that ends well
The little guy was delivered via C-section weighing 1.385kg, completely healthy and happy.
Doctors repaired the tear successfully, and mum was able to go home to her waiting brood five days later.
Most recent reports say that mum and her now six-month-old baby are doing well!