But this is what happened to Ella Clarke from Devon, England, when she woke up with a new baby in her arms, but both her legs were missing.
Mrs Clarke had actually given birth via C-section before, as only one of her seven children had been born vaginally. However it was the first time she had been diagnosed with a condition called placenta previa—a condition that occurs when a baby's placenta partially or totally covers the opening in the mother's cervix. Placenta previa is one complication of multiple C-sections.
After she was diagnosed with the condition, her doctors told her the baby was fine, but that she had to have a C-section, said a Daily Mail report.
However, once she was on the operating table, her doctors began to realise that her placenta had embedded itself deep into her uterine wall, resulting in a pregnancy complication called placenta accreta.
During the coma doctors discovered that Ella's legs had lost circulation and she was rushed into theatre where doctors made the decision to amputate.
Placenta accreta occurs when the placenta attaches too deep in the uterine wall but it does not penetrate the uterine muscle. It is a serious pregnancy condition that can cause severe bleeding, premature birth and more.
Her doctors successfully delivered her baby, but half an hour into the procedure, Ella began to lose too much blood due to the complication.
Doctors then performed an emergency hysterectomy - a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus - and in the process gave her five blood transfusions. Ella was then placed into an induced coma and transferred to intensive care.
Her doctors carefully monitored her for blood clots for the next 24 hours, as this is a common side effect of her complication.