There are many things that moms don’t expect to happen when they are expecting.
But as CBS News reports, mom Kate Bilo truly didn’t see this one coming.
#TBT to when I was 11 weeks pregnant and thought the belly was so huge??? #36weeks
Bilo works as a meteorologist at CBS 3 in Philadelphia. She announced on Facebook that she gave birth to her third child, a healthy baby girl, on May 31.
My family and I are thrilled to announce the arrival of:Solenne Marit ElisabethBorn May 31, 20172:21 in the…
A few weeks later, on June 23, she started experiencing a dull pain in her ribs. Then the pain spread to her shoulder.
She initially thought she pulled a muscle from picking up her newborn baby. But when Advil couldn’t control the pain, she decided to visit her doctor.
Hey FB family. If I could ask for some good thoughts and prayers from you today?On Friday night I noticed a dull pain…
Bilo wrote on Facebook that her hospital visit likely saved her life:
[…] Saturday night when Advil didn’t touch the pain, I drove myself to the ER just for peace of mind. Thank goodness I did. A CT scan revealed multiple blood clots in my lungs, aka pulmonary embolisms.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pulmonary embolisms are potentially life-threatening blockages found in arteries that pump blood to the lungs.
Some of the symptoms can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pains
- Leg pain
The American Thoracic Society predicts that as many as 1 million people are affected by pulmonary embolism every year. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 people die from this condition annually.
Pulmonary embolisms are common, but it’s rare for pregnant or new moms to develop dangerous blood clots. However, the risk is increased in the first six weeks after birth; an estimated 45 to 65 in 10,000 women every year are diagnosed with blood clots postpartum.
Other risk factors for pulmonary embolism can include:
- Heart disease
- Recent surgery
- History of cancer
- Periods of immobility
Bilo wrote that she had no other risk factors other than her pregnancy.
After learning more about her condition, the young mom felt fortunate that she recognized her symptom and sought treatment.
Learned a scary stat today. Feeling lucky to be here and recovering. ❤️❤️
Bilo was administered anticoagulation treatment and discharged the following day. She wrote that she will need to give herself injections over the coming months.
She shared her story in hopes that other moms would take the time to seek treatment for seemingly common ailments post-pregnancy.