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Already mom to Liam, 5, Stella, 4, and Hattie, 12 months, the 39-year-old actress, reality star and author tells the magazine she kept the condition -- which can cause dangerously heavy bleeding -- a secret from fans, even though she spent 10 weeks hospitalized and four months on bed rest.
"I just remember thinking, I can't leave three children behind," Spelling tells US Weekly.
So, what, exactly, is placenta previa? The condition occurs when the placenta is in the wrong place during pregnancy -- at the bottom of the uterus (instead of toward the top) partially or completely covering the cervix, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. If it doesn't improve as the pregnancy progresses, it can cause severe bleeding. Risk factors for the condition include past cesarean deliveries (Spelling delivered her three older children via c-section), being 35 or older and a history of five or more past pregnancies, among others.
In Spelling's case, she was "at risk for a bleed catastrophic enough to force doctors to terminate her pregnancy" according to Us Weekly and that she experienced "nine massive bleeds." Three weeks after giving birth to Finn, she underwent emergency surgery due to c-section complications, as well, according to People.
"When they put him in my arms I was like, 'We made it.''" Spelling said of the ordeal. "We have an insane bond. We've been through hell and back."