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Jingle sells! Take a look at our pick of this year’s festive commercials… 

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WALKERS CRISPS

What price Mariah Carey‘s dignity? The American popstar is said to have temporarily replaced Gary Lineker as the ‘face’ of Britain’s biggest crisp brand for a mouth-watering £9 million.

For this, the diva belts out a few bars of her hit All I Want For Christmas before telling us how much she enjoys seasonal kitsch. She then becomes involved in a tug-of-war with a man dressed as an elf over a bag of pigs-in-blankets crisps.

As funny as a cracker joke.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 6/10

Mariah Carey is said to have temporarily replaced Gary Lineker as the 'face' of Britain's biggest crisp brand for a mouth-watering £9 million

Mariah Carey is said to have temporarily replaced Gary Lineker as the 'face' of Britain's biggest crisp brand for a mouth-watering £9 million

Mariah Carey is said to have temporarily replaced Gary Lineker as the ‘face’ of Britain’s biggest crisp brand for a mouth-watering £9 million

LIDL

Unfortunately, you can’t offer famously low prices if you’re spending a fortune on costly TV adverts.

I presume this is why Lidl’s festive advert seems to be a terribly low-budget affair featuring a suburban family being invaded by an army of paper elves, after one falls into a Lidl catalogue during the weekly shop. 

Lidl's festive advert seems to be a terribly low-budget affair featuring a suburban family being invaded by an army of paper elves

Lidl's festive advert seems to be a terribly low-budget affair featuring a suburban family being invaded by an army of paper elves

Lidl’s festive advert seems to be a terribly low-budget affair featuring a suburban family being invaded by an army of paper elves

The elves’ vocabulary appears to extend to: ‘Happy Christmas!’ I don’t think this will be the one to give the John Lewis ad (out this week) a run for its money.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 2/10 

TK MAXX 

‘Gift different,’ the big-brand discount store urges viewers, by treating friends and family to a wide range of clothes, jewellery, ornaments and toys.

'Gift different,' TK Maxx urges viewers, by treating friends and family to a wide range of clothes, jewellery, ornaments and toys

'Gift different,' TK Maxx urges viewers, by treating friends and family to a wide range of clothes, jewellery, ornaments and toys

‘Gift different,’ TK Maxx urges viewers, by treating friends and family to a wide range of clothes, jewellery, ornaments and toys

Making this point is an Evel Knievel-style stuntman who skis down a mountain tossing assorted weird and wonderful gifts to delighted onlookers, before hurtling into a log cabin.

Other Alpine cliches on show in the advert include a St Bernard dog, a ski lift and a man ice-fishing.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 7/10

ALDI 

Kevin the carrot is being held hostage by an angry mob of Brussels sprouts.

With the help of a friendly tomato, he escapes and legs it into a circus tent full of Christmas treats singing a version of the Robbie Williams hit Let Me Entertain You. 

It's surreal but it would certainly take a heart of stone not to be won over by this unashamedly silly entreaty to 'Put on a show this Christmas'

It's surreal but it would certainly take a heart of stone not to be won over by this unashamedly silly entreaty to 'Put on a show this Christmas'

It’s surreal but it would certainly take a heart of stone not to be won over by this unashamedly silly entreaty to ‘Put on a show this Christmas’

It’s surreal. But it would certainly take a heart of stone not to be won over by this unashamedly silly entreaty to ‘Put on a show this Christmas’.

The script contains a series of extravagant puns which, like sprouts, will divide opinion.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 5/10 

ASDA

Asda's tinsel-wrapped, cliche-stuffed epic is chock-full of snowmen, sleigh bells, gingerbread houses and shooting stars

Asda's tinsel-wrapped, cliche-stuffed epic is chock-full of snowmen, sleigh bells, gingerbread houses and shooting stars

Asda’s tinsel-wrapped, cliche-stuffed epic is chock-full of snowmen, sleigh bells, gingerbread houses and shooting stars

This tinsel-wrapped, cliche-stuffed epic is chock-full of snowmen, sleigh bells, gingerbread houses and shooting stars. 

The plot sees two wide-eyed schoolkids pop through the roof of their grandfather’s attic with a home-made fishing rod to capture a portion of the Northern Lights in a jam jar. 

Next, they walk the streets chucking handfuls of the stuff around, with magical consequences.

What this has to do with supermarket shopping is, frankly, anyone’s guess.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 10/10

BOOTS

Known in the trade as a 'concept' advert, this is designed to introduce shoppers to a new innovation called 'Bootiques'

Known in the trade as a 'concept' advert, this is designed to introduce shoppers to a new innovation called 'Bootiques'

Known in the trade as a ‘concept’ advert, this is designed to introduce shoppers to a new innovation called ‘Bootiques’

Known in the trade as a ‘concept’ advert, this is designed to introduce shoppers to a new innovation called ‘Bootiques’.

These are ‘little shops’ in larger Boots stores that contain gifts aimed at various modish demographics such as the ‘Tweenager’, the ‘Beauty Kween’ and, inevitably, the ‘Vegan’. You can also find these Bootiques online.

Apparently, they will make ‘gifting’ to hard-to-buy folk less ‘problematic’.

But it’s not all that Christmassy.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 5/10

MARKS & SPENCER

'Go Jumpers For Christmas' revolves around the premise that unless your guests wear a gaudy novelty sweater, your festive party won't go with a fizz

'Go Jumpers For Christmas' revolves around the premise that unless your guests wear a gaudy novelty sweater, your festive party won't go with a fizz

‘Go Jumpers For Christmas’ revolves around the premise that unless your guests wear a gaudy novelty sweater, your festive party won’t go with a fizz

Times are hard at M&S, which recently crashed out of the FTSE 100, but it refuses to be outshone as the nation’s top purveyor of ultra-reliable knitwear.

‘Go Jumpers For Christmas’ revolves around the premise that unless your guests wear a gaudy novelty sweater, your festive party won’t go with a fizz.

To that end, photogenic dancers and a barking Jack Russell terrier body-pop to the Eighties hip-hop classic Jump Around by House Of Pain. How very jolly.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 8/10 

ICELAND

The Magic Of Frozen, stars favourites Elsa, Anna and the comical snowman Olaf from the film, along with a table groaning under what it calls a 'perfect Christmas dinner'

The Magic Of Frozen, stars favourites Elsa, Anna and the comical snowman Olaf from the film, along with a table groaning under what it calls a 'perfect Christmas dinner'

The Magic Of Frozen, stars favourites Elsa, Anna and the comical snowman Olaf from the film, along with a table groaning under what it calls a ‘perfect Christmas dinner’

In years gone by, the store hoped to dazzle prospective customers with the star wattage of pop-singer-turned-reality-TV-star Kerry Katona.

But now it is aiming for Hollywood, having signed with Disney, which is shortly to release a sequel to the movie Frozen. The resulting advert, The Magic Of Frozen, stars favourites Elsa, Anna and the comical snowman Olaf from the film, along with a table groaning under what it calls a ‘perfect Christmas dinner’.

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 7/10

IKEA

In Ikea's hilarious Christmas ad, toys, chinaware and cuckoo clocks berate a couple about their drab, un-Swedish home via rap

In Ikea's hilarious Christmas ad, toys, chinaware and cuckoo clocks berate a couple about their drab, un-Swedish home via rap

In Ikea’s hilarious Christmas ad, toys, chinaware and cuckoo clocks berate a couple about their drab, un-Swedish home via rap

Toys, chinaware and cuckoo clocks berate a couple about their drab, un-Swedish home via rap. 

Stung into action by this annoyingly catchy, funny ditty (sample lyrics: ‘This place is a mess! / You don’t deserve no guests!’), and decorative snails who tell them ‘If you’re house was a car, it would get pulled over’, they jazz things up the Ikea way: with a new rug, cushions and a £299 kitchen table with a tricky Nordic name. 

Abracadabra. Even the Christmas tree seems perkier. 

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 8/10

ARGOS

The soundtrack of Argos' ad is good — Simple Minds' Don't You (Forget About Me) — but at two and a half minutes, it's too long

The soundtrack of Argos' ad is good — Simple Minds' Don't You (Forget About Me) — but at two and a half minutes, it's too long

The soundtrack of Argos’ ad is good — Simple Minds’ Don’t You (Forget About Me) — but at two and a half minutes, it’s too long

Its Christmas catalogue has been renamed The Book Of Dreams on the basis, presumably, that the toys, gizmos and household devices will make even the most hard-hearted consumer’s dreams come true. 

Proof of this are a jolly father and his cute daughter who, thanks to a toy drum kit, are transformed into stadium rockers. 

The soundtrack is good — Simple Minds’ Don’t You (Forget About Me) — but at two and a half minutes, it’s too long. 

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 6/10

AMAZON

This ad appears to have been filmed in America and dubbed into British English for a UK audience. 

Feel-good party scenes, bright-eyed children, handsome young couples falling in love, older couples kissing (above) and crowds singing in snow-covered streets feature in Amazon's ad

Feel-good party scenes, bright-eyed children, handsome young couples falling in love, older couples kissing (above) and crowds singing in snow-covered streets feature in Amazon's ad

Feel-good party scenes, bright-eyed children, handsome young couples falling in love, older couples kissing (above) and crowds singing in snow-covered streets feature in Amazon’s ad

But look past the ‘British’ delivery drivers using the right-hand side of the road, before rocking up to New York apartment blocks, and you’ll find feel-good party scenes, bright-eyed children, handsome young couples falling in love, older couples kissing (above) and crowds singing in snow-covered streets. 

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 9/10

VISA 

Visa's ad encourages people to support the High Street, but it comes across as oddly unfestive

Visa's ad encourages people to support the High Street, but it comes across as oddly unfestive

Visa’s ad encourages people to support the High Street, but it comes across as oddly unfestive

To the tune of Queen’s smash hit Somebody To Love, Visa is encouraging us to support our local High Streets. 

A collection of local shop owners belt out the lyrics ‘I work till I ache in my bones’ so I can ‘take home my hard-earned pay’. 

‘Show your High Street Some Love’ runs the tagline — and not, presumably, the faceless chain stores and giant warehouses of online retailers such as Amazon. Oddly un-festive. 

SCHMALTZ FACTOR: 4/10 

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Hilaria and Alec Baldwin are spotted for the first time with their four-kids after miscarriage

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She’s been spending some much needed time with her family after revealing the heartbreaking news that she had suffered a miscarriage earlier in the week. 

And Saturday saw Hilaria Baldwin, husband Alec, 61, and their four children step out together for the first time to enjoy a day of shopping. 

The 35-year-old yogi appeared to have her hands full with her four kids under six and was joined by two nannies for some extra help while around the East Village. 

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Family time: Saturday saw Hilaria Baldwin, husband Alec, 61, and their four children step out together for the first time to enjoy a day of shopping - following her news of her heartbreaking miscarriage earlier in the week

Family time: Saturday saw Hilaria Baldwin, husband Alec, 61, and their four children step out together for the first time to enjoy a day of shopping - following her news of her heartbreaking miscarriage earlier in the week

Family time: Saturday saw Hilaria Baldwin, husband Alec, 61, and their four children step out together for the first time to enjoy a day of shopping – following her news of her heartbreaking miscarriage earlier in the week 

Hilaria kept things casual in a dark shirt and loose fitting denim jeans. 

She kept extra warm with a long-line puffer jacket over the top and fur-lined boots on her feet. 

The beauty styled her hair out naturally and accessorised with a pair of dark shades over her eyes. 

Sad times: Alec appeared downcast as he pushed the stroller along

Sad times: Alec appeared downcast as he pushed the stroller along

Sad times: Alec appeared downcast as he pushed the stroller along 

Helping hands: The family were all joined together along with two nannies

Helping hands: The family were all joined together along with two nannies

Helping hands: The family were all joined together along with two nannies 

Hilaria really did have her hands full, walking with son Leo, three, and carrying her youngest, Romeo, one, in a BabyBjörn. 

Alec was left in charge of the couples two eldest children, Carmen, six, and Rafael, four. 

The actor opted for a dark top with tracksuit pants or the outing. 

Mom duty: Hilaria really did have her hands full, walking with son Leo, three, and carrying her youngest, Romeo, one, in a BabyBjörn

Mom duty: Hilaria really did have her hands full, walking with son Leo, three, and carrying her youngest, Romeo, one, in a BabyBjörn

Mom duty: Hilaria really did have her hands full, walking with son Leo, three, and carrying her youngest, Romeo, one, in a BabyBjörn 

Shopping: And while the couple brought a double child pram along, they used it to carry all their shopping bags, including two full from Barnes and Noble

Shopping: And while the couple brought a double child pram along, they used it to carry all their shopping bags, including two full from Barnes and Noble

Shopping: And while the couple brought a double child pram along, they used it to carry all their shopping bags, including two full from Barnes and Noble

And while the couple brought a double child pram along, they used it to carry all their shopping bags, including two full from Barnes and Noble. 

With the family all out the door by 8:19 am on Saturday morning, their outing was finished by lunch time – where they returned home to enjoy some pasta. 

Hilaria took to social media to give her followers an update on how she was feeling following her devastating miscarriage. 

Dad duties: Alec was left in charge of the couples two eldest children, Carmen, six, and Rafael, four

Dad duties: Alec was left in charge of the couples two eldest children, Carmen, six, and Rafael, four

Dad duties: Alec was left in charge of the couples two eldest children, Carmen, six, and Rafael, four

Father-son time: The stroller had Rafael stand on the back as his dad pushed him along

Father-son time: The stroller had Rafael stand on the back as his dad pushed him along

Father-son time: The stroller had Rafael stand on the back as his dad pushed him along 

‘Little update: I’m doing better. I have my moments when I feel better then I have moments when I will get really sad. But I feel like time and healing and everyone’s support is helping me,’ she shared. 

‘Spending time with my babies and husband helps so much. I’m so lucky to have them.’ 

Hilaria continued: ‘My heart goes out to those of you who suffer like this without support. You are true warriors. I send you my love and admiration.’ 

Update: Hilaria took to social media to give her followers an update on how she was feeling following her devastating miscarriage

Update: Hilaria took to social media to give her followers an update on how she was feeling following her devastating miscarriage

Update: Hilaria took to social media to give her followers an update on how she was feeling following her devastating miscarriage

Quality time: A sweet video she shared saw her cuddle up to her youngest, Romeo, for some one-on-one mother-son bonding time

Quality time: A sweet video she shared saw her cuddle up to her youngest, Romeo, for some one-on-one mother-son bonding time

Quality time: A sweet video she shared saw her cuddle up to her youngest, Romeo, for some one-on-one mother-son bonding time

A sweet video she shared saw her cuddle up to her youngest, Romeo, for some one-on-one mother-son bonding time. 

Earlier in the day she shared a candid family mirror shot of the six ‘Baldwinos’ heading out for the day. 

‘8:19am,’ she captioned. 

And it wasn’t long until fans were quick to praise the busy mom, author, wife and CEO for getting everyone out of the house so early on a Saturday. 

‘And how the heck to u get all these kids ready by 8:19??? commented one.

 

 

Multi-tasker! And it wasn't long until fans were quick to praise the busy mom, author, wife and CEO for getting everyone out of the house so early on a Saturday

Multi-tasker! And it wasn't long until fans were quick to praise the busy mom, author, wife and CEO for getting everyone out of the house so early on a Saturday

Multi-tasker! And it wasn’t long until fans were quick to praise the busy mom, author, wife and CEO for getting everyone out of the house so early on a Saturday

Hilaria replied: ‘been up since 4:45am…its midday practically.’  

The family looked absolutely darling in the shot, where they were all bundled up for the chilly New York weather.

While Alec and Hilaria kept simple in black, the little ones had some fun.

Little Carmen, six, looked cute in a bunny-eared hat while the youngest of the family, Romeo, one, wore another funny animal hat. Boys Rafael, four, and Leo, three, wore red puffer coats.

Tummy: Hilaria Baldwin is mourning the loss of her pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage earlier this week, sharing before and after images to reveal how quickly her bump went down

Tummy: Hilaria Baldwin is mourning the loss of her pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage earlier this week, sharing before and after images to reveal how quickly her bump went down

Tummy: Hilaria Baldwin is mourning the loss of her pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage earlier this week, sharing before and after images to reveal how quickly her bump went down

Tummy: Hilaria Baldwin is mourning the loss of her pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage earlier this week, sharing before and after images to reveal how quickly her bump went down

Tummy: Hilaria Baldwin is mourning the loss of her pregnancy after suffering a miscarriage earlier this week, sharing before and after images to reveal how quickly her bump went down

It seemed like Hilaria was focused on getting things back to normal following what was a tough.

That hasn’t stopped the star from bravely opening up about her situation. 

On Wednesday she confided in Instagram followers that she misses her growing baby bump.

‘I was so proud of my belly,’ the 35-year-old wrote alongside side-by-side photos of herself her posing in profile before and after her second-trimester miscarriage.

‘My bump was taken away so swiftly in a day… Tuesday. And I miss it… but the body knows and it’s elasticity doesn’t lie,’ she said. 

Hurt: The 35-year-old said she had been 'so proud of her belly' and was devastated that it had been 'taken away so swiftly'

Hurt: The 35-year-old said she had been 'so proud of her belly' and was devastated that it had been 'taken away so swiftly'

Hurt: The 35-year-old said she had been ‘so proud of her belly’ and was devastated that it had been ‘taken away so swiftly’ 

Hilaria also shared a few updates with her followers, explaining why she's being so candid about her loss and how she is getting through it

Hilaria also shared a few updates with her followers, explaining why she's being so candid about her loss and how she is getting through it

She went on to list some 'things that have helped me emotionally so far,' including 'hearing from all of you and knowing I'm not alone,' 'spending time with my babies... they can't but help make me smile and happy,' and 'staying busy... I'm returning to work tomorrow and excited to put my mind on other things'

She went on to list some 'things that have helped me emotionally so far,' including 'hearing from all of you and knowing I'm not alone,' 'spending time with my babies... they can't but help make me smile and happy,' and 'staying busy... I'm returning to work tomorrow and excited to put my mind on other things'

Sharing: Hilaria also shared a few updates with her followers, explaining why she’s being so candid about her loss and how she is getting through it

Hilaria announced on Monday that she’d suffered a miscarriage, losing the baby girl she’d been expecting with husband Alec Baldwin, 61.

This would have been the couple’s fifth child.

On Wednesday, she showed her followers how quickly her rounded belly had shrunk following a D&C procedure. 

In the first photo, which she had originally posted on Monday, she is pictured holding up her shirt to show her belly while still pregnant.

‘I shared this photo… talking about how much my belly was growing,’ she said, reflecting in an Instagram Stories post.

In the second snap, taken on Wednesday, her tummy looks nearly flat again. 

Hilaria also shared a few updates with her followers, explaining why she’s being so candid about her loss and how she is getting through it. 

Toddler time! Spending time with her kids, including her youngest, has helped her

Toddler time! Spending time with her kids, including her youngest, has helped her

Toddler time! Spending time with her kids, including her youngest, has helped her 

Snuggles: She shared cute videos of Romeo that were keeping her spirits up

Snuggles: She shared cute videos of Romeo that were keeping her spirits up

Snuggles: She shared cute videos of Romeo that were keeping her spirits up

Snuggles: She shared cute videos of Romeo that were keeping her spirits up

Snuggles: She shared cute videos of Romeo that were keeping her spirits up

Romantic: Hilaria shared a photo of a plant she bought for her six-year-old daughter Carmen last year, which bloomed except for the past few days

Romantic: Hilaria shared a photo of a plant she bought for her six-year-old daughter Carmen last year, which bloomed except for the past few days

Romantic: Hilaria shared a photo of a plant she bought for her six-year-old daughter Carmen last year, which bloomed except for the past few days

‘I don’t know much to update you on how I am doing. I feel like documenting this can be helpful for others struggling… even if it is with a different sadness in your life,’ she wrote.

‘Also just to give you a sense of how I’m doing,’ she went on. ‘I apologize in advance for some thoughts that might be slightly inarticulate… I’m processing and don’t have this all figured out.’

She went on to list some ‘things that have helped me emotionally so far,’ including ‘hearing from all of you and knowing I’m not alone,’ ‘spending time with my babies… they can’t but help make me smile and happy,’ and ‘staying busy… I’m returning to work tomorrow and excited to put my mind on other things.’

She also said she is ‘reflecting on past times of sadness and thinking about how I healed through them’ and ‘thinking about the future and how many bright moments lay ahead for me.’ 

The mourning mother-of-four also posted photos and video of herself spending time with her little ones. On her stories, she showed herself listening to music with her 15-month-old son Romeo.

She wrote: 'My Leo just lay with me like this for like 25 min today... he doesn't understand what happened, but his soul is so sweet. He helped my heart so much'

She wrote: 'My Leo just lay with me like this for like 25 min today... he doesn't understand what happened, but his soul is so sweet. He helped my heart so much'

She wrote: ‘My Leo just lay with me like this for like 25 min today… he doesn’t understand what happened, but his soul is so sweet. He helped my heart so much’

Look up! Her husband Alec, meanwhile shared a poignant message alongside a photo of the Chrysler Building

Look up! Her husband Alec, meanwhile shared a poignant message alongside a photo of the Chrysler Building

Look up! Her husband Alec, meanwhile shared a poignant message alongside a photo of the Chrysler Building

She also uploaded a snap of herself cradling her three-year-old son Leonardo in her lap, captioning it: ‘My Leo just lay with me like this for like 25 min today… he doesn’t understand what happened, but his soul is so sweet. He helped my heart so much.’

Finally, Hilaria uploaded a photo of a plant she bought for her six-year-old daughter Carmen last year. She explained said it never bloomed in the year since they got it, but pink flowers have appeared in the past few days.

She and Alec also have a four-year-old son name Rafael, while Alec has a 23-year-old daughter, Ireland, with his ex Kim Basinger. 

Alec, meanwhile, has posted a snap of his two older sons, followed by a photo of the Crysler Building in Manhattan.

‘NY. Look up. Always,’ he wrote poignantly.

Mostly, Alec has let his wife do the talking, and Hilaria has kept followers up-to-date on what she is going through. 

On Tuesday, she underwent a D&C procedure to remove the remaining tissue from her uterus, and paused a moment to share a sad, puff-eyed selfie.

‘Eyes swollen from crying, groggy from anesthesia, crampy from the surgery…but I made it and I want you to know that I’m physically ok,’ she wrote.

'Now I begin the healing journey': Hilaria shared a selfie from the hospital on Tuesday after undergoing a D&C procedure following her miscarriage

'Now I begin the healing journey': Hilaria shared a selfie from the hospital on Tuesday after undergoing a D&C procedure following her miscarriage

‘Now I begin the healing journey’: Hilaria shared a selfie from the hospital on Tuesday after undergoing a D&C procedure following her miscarriage

What is a D&C? 

A D&C, also know as dilation and curettage, is a surgical procedure performed on some women after they have suffered a first or second trimester miscarriage. 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, around 50 per cent of women who lose a baby in the first few months of pregnancy have to undergo the procedure, and it is more likely to be necessary if the baby was lost after ten weeks. 

A D&C is most often recommended to women who miscarry between ten and 12 weeks, and to any patients who have suffered an incomplete miscarriage.

During the procedure, the patient’s cervix is dilated, before the contents of the uterus are removed. This process can be performed either by scraping the uterine wall with a curette instrument or by a suction curettage (also called vacuum aspiration).

D&C procedures are most often carried out in order to ensure that the miscarriage does not cause any complications like infection or hemorrhaging, however the APA also notes that the process can help some women to begin emotional healing after losing a child.

The operation, which is known as surgical management of miscarriage (SMM), or dilation and curettage, is a procedure performed on some women after they have suffered miscarriage.

The patient’s cervix is dilated before the contents of the uterus are removed to ensure that the miscarriage does not cause any complications, like infection or hemorrhaging. 

Some patients can undergo the surgery with just a local anesthetic, while others, like Hilaria, are put under a general anesthesia to make the procedure easier. 

According to the American Pregnancy Association, around half of women who lose a baby in the first few months of pregnancy have to undergo the procedure, and it is more likely to be necessary if the baby was lost after ten weeks.

A D&C is most often recommended to women who miscarry between ten and 12 weeks, but some who experience a later miscarriage are advised to undergo the procedure as well, as do any patients who have suffered an incomplete miscarriage.  

While posting about her own D&C, Hilaria thanked all of the people who have offered her kind words and support in the wake of her devastating news. 

‘I’m grateful for my family, friends, doctors and nurses, and all of you who have held my hand through this difficult time. You have no idea how much this means to me. One foot in front of the other…now I begin the healing journey.’ 

Heartwarming: The mother-of-four received a video message from her son Rafa, who was seen with a family friend saying, 'Hi mama I love you'

Heartwarming: The mother-of-four received a video message from her son Rafa, who was seen with a family friend saying, 'Hi mama I love you'

Heartwarming: The mother-of-four received a video message from her son Rafa, who was seen with a family friend saying, 'Hi mama I love you'

Heartwarming: The mother-of-four received a video message from her son Rafa, who was seen with a family friend saying, 'Hi mama I love you'

Heartwarming: The mother-of-four received a video message from her son Rafa, who was seen with a family friend saying, ‘Hi mama I love you’

Family: Hilaria and Alec, who have four children together, were expecting a baby girl. They are pictured above with Carmen, six, Rafael, four, Leonardo, three, and Romeo, 15 months

Family: Hilaria and Alec, who have four children together, were expecting a baby girl. They are pictured above with Carmen, six, Rafael, four, Leonardo, three, and Romeo, 15 months

Family: Hilaria and Alec, who have four children together, were expecting a baby girl. They are pictured above with Carmen, six, Rafael, four, Leonardo, three, and Romeo, 15 months

Later that day, Hilaria found comfort in a video of her son Rafa, who sent her a sweet message saying, ‘Hi mama I love you.’ 

‘This was the best thing to see when I woke up,’ she captioned the short clip, which appears to have been sent to her by a friend watching her kids. 

Since she first revealed the news about her miscarriage on Monday, Hilaria has been posting regular updates on Instagram about how she is dealing with the loss.

She shared a video of herself speaking to daughter Carmen about the miscarriage, before returning to Instagram Stories on Tuesday morning to thank her followers for their support, while candidly speaking out about her grief. 

‘Today opened and it was not a nightmare… just a sad reality,’ she wrote. 

‘Thank you for all of your kind and sympathetic words. I didn’t know so many tears existed in the body. I’m trying to be present for my grief but understand that life goes on and there is still beauty, even in darkness.’ 

The mother-of-four then posted a video of her children in the family’s kitchen in their New York City apartment, writing: ‘This is beauty and I see it.’  

Later, she posted a mirror selfie she took as she prepared to head to the doctor’s office.

Updates: Hilaria continued to share her miscarriage heartbreak, hours after sharing the devastating news about her loss, sharing this photo ahead of her D&C appointment

Updates: Hilaria continued to share her miscarriage heartbreak, hours after sharing the devastating news about her loss, sharing this photo ahead of her D&C appointment

Updates: Hilaria continued to share her miscarriage heartbreak, hours after sharing the devastating news about her loss, sharing this photo ahead of her D&C appointment 

Opening up: The 35-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories that she is 'trying to be present for her grief' while still working to see that 'there is still beauty, even in darkness'

Opening up: The 35-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories that she is 'trying to be present for her grief' while still working to see that 'there is still beauty, even in darkness'

Opening up: The 35-year-old wrote on her Instagram Stories that she is ‘trying to be present for her grief’ while still working to see that ‘there is still beauty, even in darkness’

Focus: Before leaving for her D&C appointment, Hilaria shared a video of her four children playing in their New York City home

Focus: Before leaving for her D&C appointment, Hilaria shared a video of her four children playing in their New York City home

Focus: Before leaving for her D&C appointment, Hilaria shared a video of her four children playing in their New York City home

Focus: Before leaving for her D&C appointment, Hilaria shared a video of her four children playing in their New York City home

Focus: Before leaving for her D&C appointment, Hilaria shared a video of her four children playing in their New York City home

‘I’m off,’ she wrote alongside the snap, before sharing a checklist of things she needed to do before her appointment: ‘Remove jewelry; makeup free, comfy clothes, painkillers for after.’ 

Her Tuesday appointment came just 12 or so hours after Hilaria shared the heartbreaking news about her miscarriage on Instagram.  

‘We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months,’ Hilaria wrote on her post.

‘We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be. We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies – and we will never lose sight of this. 

‘I’m really devastated right now… I was not expecting this when I went to my scan today. I don’t know what else to say.’ 

Her tragic post included a video of her in bed being comforted by her six-year-old daughter Carmen soon after she told the child the news. 

‘I told Carmen and took this so I could send it to Alec,’ she wrote to her followers.  

‘I guess this is a good way to share it with you too. I told her that this baby isn’t going to come after all… but we will try very hard to give her a little sister another time.’  

Sad: Hilaria shared an Instagram story of herself in bed just hours after she went for a pregnancy scan and was told the devastating news

Sad: Hilaria shared an Instagram story of herself in bed just hours after she went for a pregnancy scan and was told the devastating news

Sad: Hilaria shared an Instagram story of herself in bed just hours after she went for a pregnancy scan and was told the devastating news

Heartache: Hilaria shared the news about her miscarriage on Monday evening, posting a video of her explaining the loss to her daughter Carmen

Heartache: Hilaria shared the news about her miscarriage on Monday evening, posting a video of her explaining the loss to her daughter Carmen

Heartache: Hilaria shared the news about her miscarriage on Monday evening, posting a video of her explaining the loss to her daughter Carmen 

From the heart: Hilaria wrote that she was 'really devastated,' sharing that she 'was not expecting this' when she went in for her scan

From the heart: Hilaria wrote that she was 'really devastated,' sharing that she 'was not expecting this' when she went in for her scan

From the heart: Hilaria wrote that she was ‘really devastated,’ sharing that she ‘was not expecting this’ when she went in for her scan 

In the video, Hilaria thanked her daughter for saying she was sorry she had lost the baby before the six-year-old kissed her mother on the cheek. 

Separately, Hilaria shared an Instagram story of herself cradling her bump in bed with the caption: ‘Today didn’t go as planned. I’m very sad. Tonight is my last night with her… such a strange experience.’

Prior to being told the news, Hilaria had shared several posts on Instagram showing off her growing bump. 

Hilaria revealed in September that she was expecting her fifth child with husband Alec, just months after they suffered a first-trimester miscarriage in April. 

She revealed news of that miscarriage on Instagram by posting an image of herself in her lingerie holding her small bump. 

Hilaria then wrote in the accompanying caption that she was ‘most likely experiencing a miscarriage’.

‘I want to share with you that I am most likely experiencing a miscarriage,’ began the yoga guru in the lengthy. 

Prior to being told the news, Hilaria had shared several posts on her Instagram story showing off her growing bump and heading to her scan

Prior to being told the news, Hilaria had shared several posts on her Instagram story showing off her growing bump and heading to her scan

Prior to being told the news, Hilaria had shared several posts on her Instagram story showing off her growing bump and heading to her scan

Hilaria revealed in September that she was expecting her fifth child, months after they suffered another miscarriage in April. She is pictured during her latest pregnancy

Hilaria revealed in September that she was expecting her fifth child, months after they suffered another miscarriage in April. She is pictured during her latest pregnancy

Hilaria revealed in September that she was expecting her fifth child, months after they suffered another miscarriage in April. She is pictured during her latest pregnancy

Open book: The yoga guru shared this image of herself in April when she revealed that she was going through a first-trimester miscarriage

Open book: The yoga guru shared this image of herself in April when she revealed that she was going through a first-trimester miscarriage

Open book: The yoga guru shared this image of herself in April when she revealed that she was going through a first-trimester miscarriage

‘I always promised myself that if I were to get pregnant again, I would share the news with you guys pretty early, even if that means suffering a public loss.’ 

Days later, she confirmed the news after visiting the doctor in order to get a scan – which revealed that her unborn child did not have a heartbeat. 

Once again sharing the news on Instagram, Hilaria posted a family photo and wrote: ‘There was no heartbeat today at my scan…so it’s over…but I have some pretty strong and amazing heartbeats right here. 

‘I am surrounded by such love and I feel so fortunate. Thank you all for listening, for your support, and for sharing your own personal stories.

‘We are stronger together…I hope this conversation continues to grow and that we stick together through both the beautiful and challenging moments in life. Much love and appreciation to all of you.’ 

Since then, Hilaria has continued to document her journey to conceive, even posting two selfies from her D&C appointment in April, including one with her husband who was by her side during the procedure. 

‘Doing this… wish me luck,’ Hilaria wrote alongside the first candid snap, while on the second she said: ‘It went well. I’m awake. One foot in front of the other. Thank you for your well wishes.’ 

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A Boeing 737 heading to Canada from Cuba declared a mid-air emergency and was forced to divert when one of the engines shut down. 

Air Transat flight TS691 from Santa Clara to Toronto diverted to Orlando. It is believed to have landed safely.

Air Transat is the third-largest Canadian airline, based in Montreal, Quebec.

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Teenage girl gives birth to her 37-year-old rapist’s baby

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Quaser Abas, 37, raped and impregnated a teenage girl

Quaser Abas, 37, raped and impregnated a teenage girl

Quaser Abas, 37, raped and impregnated a teenage girl

A teenage girl from Hull was forced to give birth to her rapist’s baby.

The shocking truth only emerged once the baby was born and a DNA test was taken, revealing the child’s father was Quaser Abas, 37.

He was found guilty of rape after a five-day trial at Hull Crown Court and has now been jailed for 12 years. 

The girl, who the court heard was abused over a short period of time, went for a routine hospital check and discovered she was 23 weeks pregnant.

After giving birth, a DNA test was taken which revealed the baby’s father was Abas – who claimed during the trial the test was ‘contaminated’.

He also claimed the testimonies given by the girl and her mother during police interviews were ‘fabricated and concocted.’

Prosecuting, Mark McKone read out a victim statement from the girl, who said Abas has ‘destroyed her life’. 

She said: ‘I didn’t want a baby at this age, I didn’t want it to happen the way it did.

‘I was scared to tell my mum.

‘When I found out I was pregnant I was shocked and scared to tell anyone and was scared about what they might say and think. I didn’t want the baby but now it is here I wouldn’t change it for the world.

‘I get upset having to think about it.’

The girl said she is glad she spoke out so Abas could not do the same to anyone else. 

Mr McKone also read out a statement from the girl’s mother, who said she was scared that she would resent the baby.

She said: ‘I can’t speak to her about it or speak about what happened. I thought she was safe.

‘I can never get over it and need to ask why he did it.

‘It would have been hard enough for her to have a child, never mind at this age. He has taken her childhood away from her. She has had to grow up so fast.

Abas was found guilty of rape after a five-day trial at Hull Crown Court and has been jailed for 12 years

Abas was found guilty of rape after a five-day trial at Hull Crown Court and has been jailed for 12 years

Abas was found guilty of rape after a five-day trial at Hull Crown Court and has been jailed for 12 years

‘I was there during the birth and it was so horrible watching her go through that, knowing I couldn’t do anything. He’s destroyed our family.

‘One day we will have to tell the child what happened. I try not to think about it because when I do I feel like I’m going to cry and I love my grandchild now it’s here but I can’t think about it because I would resent it.

‘I didn’t want to be a grandmother in these circumstances.’

The court was told there could still be a chance for Abas to have a relationship with the baby.

Judge David Tremberg told the jury that in the future he could apply for contact, and that would be the decision of the family court rather than the criminal courts.

He said: ‘If there ever comes a time where it wants to know its father, it is not for me to shut that down.

‘There are family procedures that can deal with that issue. It may well be that it [the child] may never see its father but it is not for me or this court to deal with it.’

The court was told by Matthew Burden, acting on behalf of the defence, that Abas was of ‘previous good character.’

Sentencing him to 12 years imprisonment, Judge Tremberg said Abas claimed the crimes were ‘fabricated and concocted’ by the girl and her mother.

He said: ‘You took the opportunity to rape her, having full, unprotected sexual intercourse. She told you “no” but you pressed on and she simply submitted.

‘In her police interview she said she had “no words” and was “so scared”.

‘This immature, inexperienced girl did nothing to show sexual interest in you but you took the opportunity to use her to vent your sexual energy.’

The court heard the girl did not report Abas at the time but soon faced a ‘different dilemma.’

Judge Tremberg: ‘Matters came to light because when a visit to hospital and a routine test was carried out it turned out she was 23 weeks pregnant.

‘Having had her child, the DNA that you were its father was overwhelming but you continued to protest your innocence instead of showing remorse, running your case that she had somehow fabricated it and the DNA must have been contaminated. You took to the witness box under oath.

‘The harm you caused was serious. She wouldn’t have chosen to have a baby, especially to you, and confronted with the decision of what to do she decided to keep the child and that has changed the path of her life.

‘At some stage, the child will have to be told something of its parentage and there is no easy answer about what will be told or how it will deal with it when it is.

‘It is unlikely they will have anything like a normal relationship with its father after what you have done.’

He said Abas was a ‘serious sex offender’ and said there will be no likelihood that he will ‘ever, ever have the opportunity to be in a similar situation again’.

Abas was will serve half of his sentence in prison and half on licence in the community.

He has been made subject to a restraining order against the victim and handed a sexual harm prevention order for life which means he cannot have any unsupervised contact with female children under the age of 16.

He must also be on the sex offender’s register for life. 

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