Love Island star Malin Andersson has opened up about losing her newborn daughter at just a month old.
The baby girl, which the reality TV star named Consy, was born seven weeks prematurely in January.
She weighed just 5lbs and needed resuscitating straight after birth.
Just a few weeks later her mum revealed in an Instagram post that she had lost her first child after the little girl picked up a virus she was too weak to fight off.
Alongside a picture of Consy in hospital with tubes being fed into her body, she wrote: “My angel. Rest in peace.”
The 26-year-old has bravely spoken about the heartbreak experience in a new interview released today, and revealed that her newborn’s death had caused her to contemplate suicide.
“It was a few days after she died when it sunk in and I didn’t leave my bed, racking my brain to come up with reasons why I should carry on living,” she told The Sun’s Fabulous magazine.
“My mind was going crazy, but I just had to use every bit of strength I had left. I knew I didn’t want to waste Consy’s precious life.”
What is a premature birth?
Each year in the UK an estimated 60,000 babies – or around seven to eight per cent of newborns – are born early.
Malin’s baby was ‘very preterm’ because she was born between 28 and 32 weeks.
Those who arrive before 28 weeks are classed as ‘extremely pre-term’, while those who are delivered after 32 weeks are considered ‘moderate to late preterm’.
If a baby is born early, they may not be fully developed and therefore may require extra care.
What are the symptoms of a premature birth?
If you are pregnant, there are certain signs that could indicate you are about to go into labour early.
According to Tommy’s, these are…
- An increase in pelvic pressure within the vagina or rectum.
- An increase in discharge and/or a gush/repeat trickling of fluid, which could mean your waters have broken (preterm premature rupture of membranes).
- Bleeding or losing your mucus plug.
- Period type pains in your abdomen or lower back. These may have a rhythm or be constant.
Why are some babies born early?
The reason for a premature birth is often unknown or unclear, say Tommy’s.
However, doctors do know that having an infection or cervical incompetence – a medical condition where the cervix begins to widen and thin – can increase the risk.
Carrying twins, triplets or more can also increase the likelihood of going into labour early.
A quarter of pre-term births are planned because doctors have identified that the mother or baby is suffering a life-threatening condition such as pre-eclampsia, kidney disease or growth restriction.
Will a premature baby survive?
Medical advances mean that many pre-term babies will now survive, according to Tommy’s.
But whether a baby will make it through depends on the point at which they were born – and complications that come from a premature birth are the leading cause of neonatal death in the UK.
These are the chances of survival for a pre-term birth depending on the point at which a baby is born…
- Less than 22 weeks is close to zero chance of survival
- 22 weeks is around 10%
- 24 weeks is around 60%
- 27 weeks is around 89%
- 31 weeks is around 95%
- 34 weeks is equivalent to a baby born at full term.
For more information or advice on premature births visit tommys.org