Montana Brown has revealed she fell pregnant last year while she was taking the contraceptive pill.
The Love Island star, 24, said ‘it wasn’t that awful’ because she ‘naturally miscarried’ as she warned her fans to take extra precautions to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Montana – who split from her model boyfriend, Elliott Reeder, in January, after a two-year relationship – explained how she discovered she was expecting a baby, and admitted she was ‘shocked and confused’.
Candid: Montana Brown, 24, has revealed that she fell pregnant last year, despite taking the contraceptive pill, but insisted: ‘It wasn’t that awful, because I naturally miscarried!’
Speaking on her YouTube channel with friend Carms London, Montana made the revelation when explaining her use experience of being on the contraceptive pill.
She said: ‘I’ve been on the pill since I was about 15. I’m sometimes just a bit bad with taking it.
‘To be fair, I’m now very particular with my pill because I got pregnant on the pill, last year.
‘It was so bad. I was shocked because I was like “no, surely not!” and I remember I found out…
‘It really was awful. To be fair it wasn’t that awful, because I naturally miscarried, but I was actually on the pill when it happened and I was so confused.’
Real talk: Speaking on YouTube with friend Carms London, The Love Island star, discussed how she discovered that she was expecting a baby, and admitted she was ‘shocked and confused’
What happened? Montana explained: ‘To be fair, I’m now very particular with my pill because I got pregnant on the pill, last year. It was so bad.’
Case of the ex: Montana split from her model boyfriend, Elliott Reeder, in January, following a two-year relationship (Pictured together in 2019)
Montana explained that she had discovered she was expecting while at a friend’s house, when she felt a strange sensation in her breasts.
Her friend (a mother-of-two) suggested Montana might be pregnant and gave her a basic pregnancy test to try.
‘I p**sed on the stick…’ said the Love Islander, but despite seeing a faint blue line, wasn’t convinced that she was pregnant.
‘Then I got a clear blue test and it was like “four to five weeks pregnant” and I was like: “Brilliant!”,’ she said sarcastically.
Confusion: ‘It really was awful. To be fair it wasn’t that awful, because I naturally miscarried, but I was actually on the pill when it happened and I was so confused,’ said the reality star
‘Did you get a bump at that stage?’ asked her friend Carms.
‘No, thank god!’ giggled Montana.
At the end of the YouTube video, the Love Islander warned her fans that the contraceptive pill isn’t 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.
Montana then encouraged viewers to take extra precautions when having sex, to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
Earlier this year, Montana took to her YouTube channel to post a candid video about her love life.
Unwanted pregnancy: ‘I got a clear blue test and it was like “four to five weeks pregnant” and I was like: “Brilliant!”,’ said Montana sarcastically
Reflecting on her split from model Elliott, Montana insisted she is the happiest she has ever been after a ‘life-changing’ few months.
The reality starlet said: ‘I am officially single, but actually loving it. Also the show must go on, I’m feeling pretty fresh
‘I mean I wasn’t feeling fresh when it first happened, don’t get me wrong, I was pretty down in the dumps.
‘But I feel like everything happens for a reason, I’ve been really able to focus on myself and my personal growth, personal goals.
‘I’ve met some amazing people along the way, I think everything happens for a reason.’
What causes a miscarriage?
It is highly unlikely that you will ever know the actual cause of a one-off miscarriage, but most are due to the following problems:
• ABNORMAL FETUS
The most common cause of miscarriages in the first couple of months is a one-off abnormal development in the fetus, often due to chromosome anomalies. ‘It’s not as though the baby is fine one minute and suddenly dies the next,’ says Professor James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leeds.
‘These pregnancies fail from the outset and were never destined to succeed.’ Most miscarriages like this happen by eight weeks, although bleeding may not start until three or four weeks later, which is worth remembering in subsequent pregnancies. ‘If a scan at eight weeks shows a healthy heart beat, you have a 95 per cent chance of a successful pregnancy,’ says Professor Walker.
• HORMONAL FACTORS
A hormonal blip could cause a sporadic miscarriage and never be a problem again. However, a small number of women who have long cycles and irregular periods may suffer recurrent miscarriages because the lining of the uterus is too thin, making implantation difficult.
Unfortunately, hormone treatment is not terribly successful.
‘There used to be a trend for progesterone treatment, but trials show this really doesn’t work,’ warns Professor Walker. ‘There is some evidence that injections of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin, a hormone released in early pregnancy) can help, but it’s not the answer for everyone.’ The treatment must be started as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed, at around four or five weeks.
For women over 40, one in four women who become pregnant will miscarry. [One in four women of all ages miscarry, but these figures include women who don’t know that they are pregnant. Of women who do know that they’re pregnant, the figure is one in six. Once you’re over 40, and know that you’re pregnant, the figure rises to one in four]
• AUTO-IMMUNE BLOOD DISORDERS
Around 20 per cent of recurrent miscarriers suffer from lupus or a similar auto-immune disorder that causes blood clots to form in the developing placenta.
A simple blood test, which may need to be repeated several times, can reveal whether or not this is the problem.’One negative test does not mean that a women is okay,’ warns Mr Roy Farquharson, consultant gynaecologist who runs an early pregnancy unit at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Often pregnancy can be a trigger for these disorders, so a test should be done as soon as possible,’ he adds.But it can easily be treated with low dose aspirin or heparin injections, which help to thin the blood and prevent blood clots forming – a recent trial also showed that women do equally well on either. ”We have a 70 per cent live birth rate in women treated for these disorders,’ says Dr Farquharson, ‘which is excellent.’
• OTHER CAUSES
While uterine abnormalities, such as fibroids, can cause a miscarriage, many women have no problems carrying a pregnancy to term. An incompetent cervix can also cause miscarriage at around 20 weeks.
While this can be treated by a special stitch in the cervix, trials suggest it is not particularly successful, although it may delay labour by a few weeks.Gene and chromosomal abnormalities, which can be detected by blood tests, may also cause recurrent miscarriages in a small number of couples.
A procedure known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis can help. After in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), a single cell is taken from the developing embryo and tested for the gene defect. Only healthy embryos are then replaced in the womb.
It is an expensive and stressful procedure – and pregnancy rates tend to be quite low – but for some this is preferable to repeated miscarriages or a genetically abnormal baby.
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