Viral image of newborn baby holding Mirena coil

The last thing Lucy Hellein expected to happen to her after being fitted with a Mirena coil was that she would become pregnant.

Her picture of her newborn baby holding a Mirena coil has quickly gone viral as shockwaves and, lets face it – fear, has raced around the internet.

newborn baby holding Mirena coil
Image: Lucy Hellein Facebook

There was no sign of the Mirena on the ultrasound so it was assumed it had fallen out, however it was later found behind Lucy’s placenta after she gave birth via a C-Section.

If the implant is fitted during the first five days of your cycle, you will be immediately protected against becoming pregnant.

However if it is fitted on any other day, you’re not protected against pregnancy for up to a week which may have been the case for Lucy.

Hellein explained her son was not actually holding the IUD when he was born, but she did, however, get pregnant while it was inserted.

“My doctor believes I may have gotten pregnant about three weeks after it was placed,” Hellein said.

Fascinating, amazing, and just a little bit scary!

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Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.


Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.