Tori Spelling Opens Up About the Pregnancy That Almost Killed Her: ‘We’ve Been Through Hell and Back’
Tori Spelling may have the face of a happy and proud mother of four these days, but the 39-year-old had a close brush with death when she was pregnant with her youngest, Finn, born nearly six weeks ago.
“When they put him in my arms, I was like, ‘We made it. We did it.’ Now we have an insane bond. We’ve been through hell and back,” Spelling said in a new interview with Us Weekly, which features the star and her baby boy on the cover.
Spelling, her husband Dean McDermott and their young family had quite a scare earlier this year, when the former 90210 actress discovered she had a rare case of placenta previa, a condition that puts the expectant mother at a high risk of bleeding and possibly death.
Before baby Finn, Spelling had three consecutive C-sections to deliver Liam, 5, Stella, 4 and Hattie, 10 months. But her latest pregnancy was more life threatening, as Finn was conceived just one month after the arrival of Hattie. If Spelling had a massive bleed during the pregnancy, doctors at the time might have been forced to terminate the pregnancy in order to save her life.
“It was surreal . . . I just remember thinking, I can’t leave three children behind,” Spelling told Us.
She would spend the next 10 weeks in the hospital and four months on bed rest.
What else did Spelling reveal about her near-death experience?
During her last pregnancy, Spelling had multiple scares. The expectant mother survived nine massive bleeds, and, according to Us, one “terrifying close call.”
“They couldn’t stop it and thought they would have to operate. I was told the baby would have a 30 percent chance of survival,” Spelling recalled to the magazine.
“I said to him, ‘That’s it? Let’s go for 36.’ He told me he didn’t think I’d make it that long and to hold out a prayer for 28, then for 32. But I made it to 37 weeks!” she continued.
Finn Davey McDermott arrived safe and sound on Aug. 30, but his mother had one more fight to go.
Three weeks later, Spelling returned to the hospital for an emergency surgery after discovering that her C-section scar had burst open.
“I felt like I was caught in the ocean, being slammed by wave after wave,” she told Us.
Spelling was finally released from the hospital after two weeks of post-surgery recovery.
“I’m staying strong," she says. "I just want to be a mom again.”