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Woman Reveals ‘dark Side’ Of Boob Jobs After Claiming Implants ‘poisoned Her’ And Left Her Covered In Eczema And Suffering From Night Sweats



WHEN Emma Novotny went through with breast implant surgery in 2012, the decision wasn’t something she’d taken lightly.

The then 21-year-old from New South Wales, Australia had suffered a lifetime of self-esteem issues, which had stemmed from her breast size as a teenager.

Supplied Emma Novotny, pictured before and after having her breast implants removed

“I was like a triple A-cup and I’d get called surfboard at school,” Emma, who is now 26, told news.com.au.

“My younger sister developed breasts at 13 and she was bigger than me. I thought implants might make me feel better and give me confidence, but following the surgery that feeling never happened.”

Before going under the knife, Emma did months of research about the pros and cons of breast augmentation.

While she had heard of horror stories including leaks and ruptures, a growing number of girls in her social circle were getting implants — and so she decided to proceed with the surgery.

Instagram Before going under the knife, Emma did months of research about the pros and cons of breast augmentation

“In 2012, everyone was getting the implants I was looking at,” Emma explained of her implants.

“My parents didn’t support my decision, but I was living in Brisbane at the time and they were in Orange, but I was very low and very depressed. They couldn’t bear seeing me the way I was, and in my mind these implants would change everything, get me a boyfriend and feel more loved.”

Emma decided to get the $10,000 AUD (approx. £5,455) surgery in December 2012, increasing to a D-cup.

Following advice, she went for the recommended brand known as Silimed, which is a textured polyurethane silicone coated implant that has since been banned by the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia.

Supplied Emma had the £5,455 surgery in December 2012, increasing her chest to a D-cup

According to the website, the implants were suspended by the TGA three years after Emma had her surgery, following an audit of the company’s manufacturing procedures.

According to a statement released at the time of suspension, Silimed was unable to demonstrate that its devices met the necessary requirements for safety and quality.

“I felt quite good after surgery, and within a month I was out and about and had confidence for a while,” Emma said.

“But after three months, I started to get symptoms something was wrong.”

Emma said she started to develop food intolerances that she hadn’t experienced previously.

Soon after, she started suffering from migraines, sinus infections, night sweats and monthly bouts of severe tonsillitis.

“I went to a local GP and also got diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) about four months after my surgery,” she said.

“I didn’t connect what was going on to the implants, and even if I did at the time, I would’ve put it in the back of my mind because I wanted them so much.

“But things started to get really bad in 2015, about three years after my surgery.

Supplied Emma said she started to develop food intolerances that she hadn’t experienced previously

“It was absolute hell.”

Emma said her body started to shut down in ways that had an impact on her everyday life.

“I had no menstrual system for some time, I got eczema and swollen lymph nodes,” she said.

“I was doing bodybuilding competitions, but got to a point where I couldn’t even lift weights.

In 2016, that’s when I started questioning how my body was interacting with my implants.”

At first, doctors dismissed Emma query about whether the implants could be causing complications.

“I got tests for all kinds of things like heavy metal and blood tests,” she said.

“My body was attacking itself, I had eczema all over my hands, there was abnormal mercury levels in my body. There were days I couldn’t get out of bed — I was in crippling pain.

“It was causing me to get deeper depression because all these things were happening around me and I couldn’t participate.

“I became someone I didn’t recognise, and I tried to take my own life because of it. From the outside, I probably looked fine to people, but I felt like I was going crazy.”

Supplied She described the ordeal as ‘absolute hell’

Even though her implants did not rupture, Emma believes the silicone and other toxins were slowly being released by tiny holes in her implant, poisoning her and causing what has been coined “breast implant illness” or Bii.

While Bii isn’t recognised as a scientifically proven illness, Emma has joined the global movement to warn women about the dangers of implants.

Earlier this month, Perth fashion model Ricci Jess explained how her breast augmentation led to what she believes was a decade of illness and suffering caused by the implants.

Since their removal six months ago, Ricci says she’s now free of medication and pain.

“This is not about the surgeons but about the implants. I don’t think any of them are safe,” Ricci told PerthNow.

“Women definitely need to educate themselves about all the risks before they consider getting any type of implants.”

Supplied Emma said her body started to shut down in ways that had an impact on her everyday life

Ricci started developing health complications four years after having Mentor implants, described as “highly textured cohesive silicone gel”. Many symptoms were “non-specific” such as chronic fatigue, anxiety, nerve pain and insomnia.

Her health deteriorated until she was eventually diagnosed with capsular contracture where internal scar tissue tightens around the breast implant, contracting it until it becomes misshapen and hard.

Ricci’s right breast implant was visibly protruding and she was in great pain. It was only then that she began suspecting she had Bii.

“For 14 years my body was trying to fight the toxins but once the silicone built up too much my body eventually gave up and I ended up with adrenal fatigue and failure,” she said.

Sydney resident Simone McKenzie Slaven said she suffered eight years of symptoms because of her implants, including fatigue, sinus infections, dry skin, headaches, food intolerances, allergies and fevers.

Speaking to news.com.au, it wasn’t until the mum-of-three discovered this list of symptoms on a website about Bii that she concluded her implants most likely led to the profound decline in her health.

Instagram Emma’s health deteriorated until she was eventually diagnosed with capsular contracture

“I remember being curled up on the kitchen floor, crying in agony with my three children standing over me not knowing what to do. I didn’t care about living because I was barely existing,” she said.

Simone’s health deteriorated to the point where she was forced to quit work as a retail assistant and part-time model and become a virtual recluse.

“The neurologist had no ideas for me. The cardiologist said my heart was fine. The ER doctors thought I was crazy. The pain got so bad I would crawl down the hallway in the morning to take my medication and wait for it to start working so I could stand up,” she said.

Eventually, she stumbled across a Facebook group of more than 37,000 women worldwide who attributed their autoimmune and systemic issues to having breast implants.

“When I found the website and Facebook page, I felt like I’d found 20,000 people [including Hugh Hefner’s wife Crystal Hefner] who validated my concerns,” she said.

Since having her implants removed, Emma said she hopes to get back to a normal life without pain, medication or avoidable health complications.

Supplied Emma said the experience has transformed her as a person

“While I do regret the implants, I had to go through this journey to be who I am today,” she said.

“This has transformed me as a person. I love my body how it is. I love my boobs now. They are small, there are scars, but they will fade over time.

“But I feel alive … and I didn’t want implants to take another second of my life.”

In a statement to news.com.au, Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery president Dr Ron Bezic said there was no proof that the symptoms experienced by Emma, Simone or Ricci  are related to breast implants.

“Long-term studies have shown that symptoms such as chronic fatigue, eczema, migraines, food intolerances, depression and allergies are no more likely in individuals with breast implants, than those without implants,” Dr Bezic said.


What Are The Early Signs Of Labour, How Long Does It Normally Last, Will My Waters Break And What Do Contractions Feel Like?



GIVING birth is the most magical time of a woman’s life (or so people who have never had kids try and tell us).

The fact is, having a baby is a difficult and painful time and everyone’s experience is different. Here are some answers to you baby questions…

Getty – Contributor We reveal the early signs of labour and how long it can take to give birth

What are the early signs of labour?

This can differ greatly from woman to woman but there are some tell-tale signs that may indicate you are going into early labour.

Lower back pain or abdominal pain Painful contractions Waters breaking – more on that below A brown discharge Diarrhea Disturbed sleep

Getty – Contributor Every woman’s experience of giving birth is different and there’s no way to predict how long it could take

How long labour normally last?

Unfortunately for expectant mums – there really is no normal and definitely no way to predict how long labour will last.

For first time mothers the average labour is eight hours long but it could easily be much short or (gulp) much longer.

Experts suggest that it is unlikely to last more than 18 hours but we’ve all heard the 36-hour labour horror stories.

Once the cervix is fully dilated (so 10cm wide) it’ll probably be an hour or two of pushing before you get your bundle of joy.

If you’ve already had a baby and are going for number two (or three or four etc…) it is likely to be far quicker.

On average active labour takes five hours with few deliveries going over 12 hours.

Do waters always break?

Your waters breaking is actually the membranes rupturing with a gush or a trickle of amniotic fluid.

Although every pregnant woman has an amniotic sac, only about 10 per cent of mums-to-be have their waters break before giving birth.

It can happen a while before the woman actually gives birth but it definitely means they would need to alert the midwife and potentially head into hospital.

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When Was Kate Middleton’s Baby Due? As She Goes Into Labour, Predictions And Name Rumours For Will And Kate’s Third Royal Baby



THE Duchess of Cambridge is in labour right NOW with the Duke by her side, and speculation is rife about the sex of the baby and and what names are in the running for the latest addition to their family.

Understandably, everyone is excited about a new member of the royal family. Here is what we know so far…

PA:Press Association The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be welcoming their baby very soon

When was Kate Middleton and Prince William’s baby due?

Kensington Palace confirmed the news that a new royal baby is on the way on September 4, 2017.

On October 17, Kensington Palace confirmed on Twitter that the due date is in April and The Sun later exclusively revealed that the baby could arrive on St George’s Day April 23.

It looks like the predictions were correct as Kensington Palace announced early this morning that Kate was in labour.

Parking restrictions went up outside the exclusive Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington on April 9.

Getty – Contributor Kate was spotted at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on February 27

Typically couples wait until the three-month mark before announcing they are expecting a baby.

But the Sun’s Royal Correspondent Emily Andrews believes the Duchess was forced to announce the pregnancy early after to suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness) as she did in her previous pregnancies.

The Duchess made her first public appearance since announcing the pregnancy on World Mental Health Day after missing every official engagement for more than a month as a result of the illness.

She was spotted showing off her bump in a blue coat while visiting the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in London.

Kate was spotted in a more casual outfit for her last official engagement before going on maternity leave.

She wore a pair of black skinny jeans and a non-maternity top from Hobbs and a cream coat by Goat when she visited Olympic Park’s Copper Box arena on March 22.

PA:Press Association Kate had her last official engagement on March 22

But she joined the Queen and other royals on April 1 for a traditional Easter Matins Service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, where Harry and Meghan are due to tie the knot.

She looked radiant in a chocolate-brown coat, matching pillbox hat and caramel-coloured heels.

With the birth potentially weeks or days away, Kate will have to follow a series of birthing rules to adhere to tradition when she welcomes the new arrival.

These include who must be told the news before anybody else, as well as who is allowed inside the room of the birth.

And following with tradition the news of the new birth will be displayed on an easel outside Buckingham Palace, confirming Kate “has been delivered of” and then the baby’s gender.

How old are Prince George and Princess Charlotte?

Wills and Kate announced in December 2012 that they were expecting their first child together.

On July 22, 2013, Kate was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital, where William himself was born and emerged with a son – Prince George.

In September 2014, the royal couple announced that Kate was pregnant again, with Princess Charlotte being born at the same hospital on May 2, 2015.

Getty – Contributor Kate showed off her baby bump in January 2018 as they opened a £59 million training centre for nurses, midwives and paramedics at the Coventry University

What are the name rumours for Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s third child?

William and Kate already have two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The gender of the new baby has not yet been announced.

Given the first two royal baby names, it’s no surprise that the bookies have picked very traditional names for their line-ups.

Sun Bets and Paddy Power have similar top six names for their odds.

Paddy Power’s latest odds on the most likely girl names are Alice (4/1), Mary (11/2), Arthur (5/1), Albert (9/1) and Victoria (6/1).

And these are the boys and girls names favoured by royals throughout the years, from James to Catherine.

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What Do Braxton Hicks Contractions Feel Like And How Regular Should They Be Before I Go To The Hospital?



ALL eyes are on the Duchess of Cambridge as Kensington Palace announced she had gone into labour with her third baby on the morning of April 23.

But what are the signs she might be going into labour – and what are “practice contractions”?


PA:Press Association As the nation waits for the arrival of the third royal baby – here are the signs of labour


What are Braxton Hicks contractions and what do they feel like?

Braxton Hicks – regularly called practice contractions – are perfectly normal during pregnancy.

While you are expecting you might notice your tummy becoming hard and experience period-like cramps, this is what Braxton Hicks are.

But don’t worry, they are completely normal and are not a sign you are going into labour.

In fact, they can start around the middle of your pregnancy and many women may not even feel them at all.

They are caused by the tightening of the muscles in the uterus.

It is not clear why they happen, but most doctors believe it is the womb preparing itself for labour.

The cramps may feel similar to the cramps you get when you have your period.

You will also notice your tummy becomes firm when the muscles contract.

Val Willcox, from parenting charity NCT, told The Sun Online: “Usually from about halfway into her pregnancy a woman might start to notice there are times when her bump goes really hard.

Getty – Contributor They are caused by the tightening if the muscles in the uterus

“We don’t really know why it happens, but it is the muscles of the uterus contracting.

“So it might be the muscles of the uterus just keeping themselves ready for the job of labour.

“And later on in pregnancy it might be about the cervix getting ready for labour.”

How often do they happen?

Getty – Contributor Some women may not feel Braxton Hicks but for others they may be uncomfortable

How often you experience Braxton Hicks varies from woman to woman.

“They might happen once of twice a day, it can last for up to a minute,” Val said.

“It’s supposed to be painless but some pregnant women might find that they really notice it.

“The way they differ from the contractions of labour is they don’t settle into a pattern, they only happen once or twice a day and a lot of women find if they change what they are doing they ease off.

“So if they are sitting down at work and they notice their bump has gone really hard, they may find getting up and walking around helps it wear off.”

When do you need to go to hospital?

Getty – Contributor You don’t need to go to hospital unless your contractions are happening every five or so minutes

Braxton Hicks are usually nothing to worry about and don’t require a hospital visit.

But if you notice they develop a pattern and are happening more regularly, it could be a sign you are in labour.

These are not Braxton Hicks, they are contractions.


When you are about to go into labour there are a few things you might notice.

These signs can start from up to a week before you actually have your baby.

Here’s what to look out for:

your producing more vaginal discharge than normal you pass your mucus plug- the clump of mucus your body produces to seal the cervix shut when you’re expecting – this is known as the show feeling unusually energetic frequent Braxton Hicks an ache in your lower back

You shouldn’t need to go to hospital until you have contractions every five minutes or so.

But if you are worried about anything you should speak to your midwife.

Listen to your body and if anything feels different you should speak to a midwife.

“In antenatal classes I will often recommend waiting until you’re having three contractions in 10 minutes before you go to hospital,” Val said.

“So that’s round about five minutes apart, and they are lasting for about a minute,” Val said.

“Then the most important thing is how a woman feels during that contraction.

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