'Real Housewives' Star Brandi Redmond Says This Plastic Surgery Procedure May Be to Blame for Her Miscarriage
On Monday’s episode of Real Housewives of Dallas, 39-year-old Brandi Redmond visited her ob-gyn, Dr. Holt, to check on her fertility, as she's been having "baby fever."
“I’ve been having baby fever in a major way," said the mother of two and former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. "Bryan [her husband] is the only boy in his family, so it would mean a lot to him to have a little boy to carry on his name.”
As reported on by People, Redmond told her doctor that a year prior she underwent a Mommy Makeover, which is a plastic surgery procedure that involves correction of the abdomen and breasts (typically a tummy tuck and breast augmentation or lift) to help restore a woman's pre-baby body. “With my Mommy Makeover, my core of my stomach was separated, so they sewed it back together very tightly," said Redmond. "I was made aware that if I were to have another pregnancy, that baby may not be able to grow to full term.”
Last year, several months after her plastic surgery, the reality star found out she was pregnant. And unfortunately, suffered a miscarriage not long after. “I feel like I just blame myself doing the Mommy Makeover,” Redmond said in tears on the show. Dr. Holt comforted her, telling her that the surgery likely did not have anything to do with the loss of her baby. “I wouldn’t blame yourself at all,” said Dr. Holt. “Tons of people get pregnant after Mommy Makeovers without any problems whatsoever.”
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We reached out to Arcadia, CA, plastic surgeon Art Yu, MD, to get his take on whether there's any connection between Mommy Makeover procedures and miscarriages.
"Mommy Makeovers may be a problem for full-term baby development, however, it and other plastic procedures should not be the cause for early and mid-term miscarriages because there is no biological or physiological changes in the reproductive system, or any other system that could harm the embryos. Before we try to associate miscarriage with a previous plastic surgery procedure, it would be quite beneficial to know at what rate miscarriages happen. For the general population, miscarriages take place in 10–20 percent of the women who are aware they are pregnant. And silent miscarriages are know to occur 30–50 percent of the time in normal people. These numbers may sound depressing, however, it might be a good way for nature to choose the right babies—it is suspected that most of the time, bad eggs are to blame for the miscarriages because the pregnancies simply cannot carry on anymore, with suboptimal embryo development. Hence, it might also be a good thing for the moms that they have better chances to have normal and healthy babies next time around. Nature is indeed wonderful!"