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Amanda Holden pays tribute to her stillborn son Theo as she marks his 10th birthday

‘Not a day goes by without thinking of you’: Amanda Holden pays tribute to her stillborn son Theo as she marks his 10th birthday

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

Amanda Holden paid a poignant tribute to her late son Theo on what would have been his 10th birthday. 

The Heart FM presenter, 49, acknowledged the milestone with an Instagram post on Monday showing an inking of his footprints. 

Alongside the picture she wrote: ‘#Theo ..our gorgeous little boy …You would have been 10 years old today…not a day goes by without thinking of you.’

Poignant: Amanda Holden paid a poignant tribute to her late son Theo on what would have been his 10th birthday, saying she thinks about him every day

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

Amanda received comments of support and love from several friends, including co-host Ashley Roberts, Vicky Pattison, Mario Falcone, and Myleene Klass – who recently spoke out about her own experiences losing children.  

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

The Britain’s Got Talent judge and her husband Chris Hughes then made the devastating decision to have a caesarean following Theo’s passing.

Heartbreaking: The radio presenter, 49, acknowledged the milestone with an Instagram post on Monday showing an inking of his footprints

Heartbreaking: The radio presenter, 49, acknowledged the milestone with an Instagram post on Monday showing an inking of his footprints

Support: Amanda received comments of support and love from several friends, including co-host Ashley Roberts, Vicky Pattison, Mario Falcone, and Myleene Klass

Support: Amanda received comments of support and love from several friends, including co-host Ashley Roberts, Vicky Pattison, Mario Falcone, and Myleene Klass

During an appearance on Loose Women last year, Amanda spoke about how she came to terms with her loss and the advice she would give people in a similar situation to her.

Amanda said: ‘It’s so difficult because everyone reacts in different ways – because my loss was a baby that never made it to earth I had to find a spiritual way around it.’

‘I had to create a scenario in my head that my baby chose me in my head but he was never meant to come down.

Stepping out: After paying tribute to her stillborn son, Amanda was pictured leaving the Global studios in London, where she co-hosts the Heart Breakfast show

Stepping out: After paying tribute to her stillborn son, Amanda was pictured leaving the Global studios in London, where she co-hosts the Heart Breakfast show

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

Candid: Amanda has been open and honest about her experience

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

She continued: ‘I was blessed with my daughter Hollie who came soon after.

‘It’s a cliche but you can only take one day at a time – it’s what you can learn from it, gather everyone around you. I hung on very tight to Chris and my family.’

Amanda married Chris in 2008 and they are also parents to daughters Alexa, 15, and Hollie, nine.

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

Cute family: Amanda married Chris Hughes in 2008 and they are also parents to daughters Alexa, 15, and Hollie, nine (pictured in January 2021)

Cute family: Amanda married Chris Hughes in 2008 and they are also parents to daughters Alexa, 15, and Hollie, nine (pictured in January 2021) 

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 miscarriage.

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

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