The marvelous Megan Popp, Genevieve (5), Oliver (3), Charlie (2), and Eloise (10 months)
Megan had a large uterine fibroid removed that was quite complex before she and her husband married. Because of the size and severity of the tumor it was determined that she would need to deliver any children via cesarean. Having always wanted a big family, Megan struggled with the uncertainty of whether or not that was possible. She made a decision early on that the only way she would be able to have multiple cesareans close together would be to try and take really good care of herself along the way. She began to focus on health and fitness in hopes of going into pregnancy with all the odds she could control in her favor.
Once she began having children, all of Megan's pregnancies were considered high risk because of how involved her myomectomy was and she delivered via scheduled early cesareans around 36 weeks. Megan and her husband moved when she was pregnant with her third child and her new doctor suggested they perform a tubal ligation during delivery since she'd had three cesareans in three years and uterus may be at increased risk of rupture. Megan pushed back and after seeing her uterus, the doctor agreed that she could handle a fourth pregnancy, but needed to wait at least 24-36 months before trying to get pregnant again. Even with birth control and exclusively breastfeeding, Megan found out she was pregnant with Eloise when Charlie was about 6 months old.
She was petrified and didn't know what type of risk she'd put herself or this baby in. Megan learned early on she had placenta previa with possible placenta accreta. The plan was to get her to 34 weeks and do a full cesarean hysterectomy. However, at her 30 week appointment they found that the placenta had shifted enough that they could push back to 36 weeks and she Eloise was delivered with no complications and Megan was able to keep her uterus.
"I think it's important for mom's to know how capable we are. People often talked about my diagnosis or multiple cesareans as if I was at a disadvantage or that I would never be able to run again (I'm a marathoner). I decided I wanted to be in control of what happened to my body as much as I possible could. I have a bad back, I have multiple kids who don't sleep through the night. I have a million reasons not to take care of myself, but taking care of ourselves is the very best way to serve those that we love. "