Mon. Feb 26th, 2024
alert-–-amanda-holden-shares-a-touching-tribute-to-her-stillborn-son-theo-on-the-13th-anniversary-of-his-deathAlert – Amanda Holden shares a touching tribute to her stillborn son Theo on the 13th anniversary of his death

Amanda Holden has shared a touching tribute to her stillborn son Theo on the 13th anniversary of his death.

The presenter, 52, took to Instagram Stories to share a snap of a candle she’d lit in honour of her baby boy.

Noting that it had been 13 years since his passing, Amanda captioned the post: ‘You would have become a teenager today #Theo.’

Theo was tragically stillborn at seven months in 2011, and Amanda has previously spoken out about her experience in a bid to help other parents who may be struggling. 

Back in 2011, Amanda was seven months pregnant with Theo when a routine scan revealed his heart had stopped.

Amanda Holden has shared a touching tribute to her stillborn son Theo on the 13th anniversary of his death

Amanda Holden has shared a touching tribute to her stillborn son Theo on the 13th anniversary of his death

The TV star and her husband Chris Hughes then made the devastating decision to have a caesarean following Theo’s passing.

In September 2022, Amanda revealed she was made to feel like a ‘game show contestant’ when a doctor told her she was ‘going home empty handed’ after her stillbirth.

The presenter worked with the baby loss charity Aching Arms and raised money for them as part of fundraising for her 3 Peaks Challenge.

Speaking with Ross Sullivan – a user of Aching Arms – on her Heart Breakfast show, Amanda spoke of her ‘awful’ experience and told of her hopes that the charity with help people to ‘avoid’ the kind of language that was used with her. 

She said: ‘I will never forget when I went through something, that I would imagine is very similar to your [experience]. 

‘We lost our baby Theo at 28 weeks, and they very sensitively moved me into another room so I could deliver him without having to hear the lovely babies screaming on a normal ward. 

‘Often that’s not thought about, it’s little things like that. I remember the lady afterwards as well when we went for a chat also said ‘I know you’re going home empty handed’ is what she said to me. 

‘So I felt like some sort of game show contestant, so it’s all of that language that I know this charity will be helping people to avoid and educate them on how best to deal with something so awful. It’s just awful.’ 

The presenter took to Instagram Stories to share a snap of a candle she'd lit in honour of her baby boy

The presenter took to Instagram Stories to share a snap of a candle she’d lit in honour of her baby boy

Amanda married Chris in 2008 and they are also parents to daughters Alexa, 18, and Hollie, 12

Amanda married Chris in 2008 and they are also parents to daughters Alexa, 18, and Hollie, 12

Amanda also previously discussed Theo’s loss on her radio show while marking Nurses Day, saying: ‘I personally would love to thank the nurses.

‘I know I talk about this a lot. And I never know whether I talk too much about it. But obviously, when we lost our son Theo to a still birth the hospital where I was looked after was unbelievable.

‘Jacki Nash got me through so much, Pippa Nightingale and Natalie Carter.’

Amanda married her husband Chris Hughes in 2008 and they are also parents to daughters Alexa, 18, and Hollie, 12.

For help with related issues, contact Tommy’s, a miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth charity, at [email protected] or call 0800 0147 800 

WHAT IS A STILLBIRTH?

A stillbirth occurs when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy. 

If a baby dies before 24 weeks of pregnancy, it is known as a pregnancy loss.

Not all stillbirths can be prevented, however, not smoking or drinking, as well as not sleeping on your back and attending all antenatal appointments can reduce the risk. 

What are the signs? 

Signs may include the baby not moving as much as normal.

Pregnant women should contact their doctor immediately if they notice a difference to their baby’s movement. 

What are the causes? 

Stillbirths do not always have an obvious cause but may occur due to complications with the placenta or a birth defect.

They are also more likely to occur if women suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or an infection that affects the baby, such as flu. 

Stillbirths are more likely to occur if women are having twins or multiple pregnancies, are overweight, smoke, are over 35 or have a pre-existing condition, such as epilepsy.

What happens after a stillbirth? 

If a baby has died, women may wait for their labour to start naturally or they may be induced if their health is at risk. 

Bereavement support groups are available to parents who have suffered stillbirths.

Some find it helpful to name their baby or take pictures with them.  

 Source: NHS Choices

error: Content is protected !!