This baby was born holding a surprise object in his hand, leaving nurses shocked

This young woman was in for a double surprise: first when she unexpectedly got pregnant despite being on ‘more than 99% effective’ birth control, and then when her baby was born clasping this in his hand.

Baby born with IUD in hand
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Baby born with IUD in hand

Getting pregnant while on birth control is extremely unusual and yet, this 20-year-old woman ended up being among those rare exceptions. What’s more, her baby came into this world holding a ‘trophy’. Her story went viral in the beginning of 2023.

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A mum documented and shared her journey online. She’s warning women to pay attention to certain symptoms even while on birth control to avoid potentially tragic consequences.

The baby was holding his mum's IUD

Violet Quick, from Idaho, US, married her husband John Francis at 19, and while the couple wasn't planning on having a child, just one year after tying the knot they got surprising news.

According to the woman, she had her Skyla IUD for nine months before getting pregnant.

She didn’t suspect a thing when she started feeling nauseous and ‘would just throw up every once in a while’. She decided to take a test ‘just in case’ and couldn’t believe her eyes when it came back positive ‘right away’.

Not fully convinced she was expecting, Violet used six more tests to confirm her results. The doctor later established that she was seven weeks pregnant.

Posted by Gist house on Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Violet and John have just welcomed their baby boy Rudy. To the nurses' shock, he was born clasping her contraception device.

The young mum shared a video of her son holding the IUD strings with his tiny hand. The now-viral clip amassed 22.8 million views.

How common is pregnancy with an IUD?

An IUD is one of the most effective forms of birth control, with an over 99% success rate, meaning that fewer than one of out 100 people with an IUD will get pregnant each year.

In very rare cases, you can get pregnant while using an IUD because it has been misplaced.

If you do fall pregnant with an IUD, you are more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage. However, many cases have also seen women, like Violet, give birth to healthy babies while having contraception devices in them.

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg begins to grow in your fallopian tube. While rare, it is extremely serious and if left untreated can even be fatal.

According to the International Journal of Women’s Health, an estimated two out of 10,000 women with a hormonal IUD will experience an ectopic pregnancy, while it affects five out of 10,000 with a copper IUD each year.

Miscarriages - which occur when a pregnancy ends spontaneously after 20 weeks - are also more common while using the IUD.

Violet advises her over 6,000 followers on Tiktok to 'take a test' if they experience any unusual symptoms -even if they are on birth control.

Posted by Orange Blog on Thursday, February 2, 2023

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Mail Online: '20-year-old who got pregnant while on birth control reveals her baby boy was born clutching her IUD in his HAND'

National Library of Medicine: Safety, efficacy and patient acceptability of the contraceptive and non-contraceptive uses of the LNG-IUS

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