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Amanda Holden breaks down in tears on air honoring nurses who cared for her when son was stillborn

Amanda Holden put on a brave face as she left Global studios, having become upset on air talking about her son’s death on Wednesday.

The presenter, 50, looked chic as she left her Heart FM morning radio show, during which she broke down in years while honoring the nurses who cared for her when her son Theo was stillborn. 

Marking Nurses Day 2021, she reflected on what it was like to lose her child, who tragically died in the womb.

Brave face: Amanda Holden put on a brave face as she left Global studios, having become upset on air talking about her son’s death on Wednesday

As co-host Jamie Theakston listened on, visably upset too, Amanda said: ‘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.

Head held high: The presenter, 50, looked chic as she left her Heart FM morning radio show, during which she broke down in years while honoring the nurses who cared for her when her son Theo was stillborn

 Head held high: The presenter, 50, looked chic as she left her Heart FM morning radio show, during which she broke down in years while honoring the nurses who cared for her when her son Theo was stillborn

Tragic: Marking Nurses Day 2021, she reflected on what it was like to lose her child, who tragically died in the womb

Tragic: Marking Nurses Day 2021, she reflected on what it was like to lose her child, who tragically died in the womb

Amanda said: 'I personally would love to thank the nurses'

Co-host: Jamie Theakston listened on, visably upset too

As co-host Jamie Theakston listened on, visably upset too, Amanda said: ‘I personally would love to thank the nurses’

‘And when I came out of a coma there was a nurse – who I never knew the name of – who brushed my tangled, matted hair from spending so much time lying down – who fed me, washed me and put me in a dressing gown so that when my family came to see me they wouldn’t be scared of me looking like Stig Of The Dump.

‘So whoever that was iI don’t know who u are I will be forever grateful.’

Amanda was seen leaving the studios after the broadcast, putting on a brave face.

She wore a smart petrol blue shirt with a statement white collar over white flared slacks.

Aftermath: Amanda was seen leaving the studios after the broadcast, putting on a brave face

Aftermath: Amanda was seen leaving the studios after the broadcast, putting on a brave face

Always chic: She wore a smart petrol blue shirt with a statement white collar over white flared slacks

Always chic: She wore a smart petrol blue shirt with a statement white collar over white flared slacks

Homeward bound: She added a pinstriped blazer to the look and carried a cream clutch

Smart: Amanda's make-up looked flawless as ever, but covered her eyes with shades and wore her blonde locks around her features as she headed home

Homeward bound: She added a pinstriped blazer to the look and carried a cream clutch

She added a pinstriped blazer to the look and carried a cream clutch.

Amanda’s make-up looked flawless as ever, but covered her eyes with shades and wore her blonde locks around her features as she headed home. 

Amanda is married to her husband Chris Hughes, whom she shares daughters Lexi, 15, and Hollie, nine, with.

Time to get home: Amanda is married to her husband Chris Hughes, whom she shares daughters Lexi, 15, and Hollie, nine, with

Time to get home: Amanda is married to her husband Chris Hughes, whom she shares daughters Lexi, 15, and Hollie, nine, with

They lost Theo in 2011, however, when the family went through the devastating stillbirth.

Amanda had noticed Theo had stopped moving inside her when she was seven months pregnant with him and had a caesarean at West Minister University Hospital.

She has always championed the healthcare professionals who helped her through the tragedy, which she regards as her lowest point in life.

If you have been affected by this story, you can contact stillbirth charity Sands on 0808 164 3332 or at sands.org.uk.

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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