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Stars Who Have Opened up About Having Miscarriages and Pregnancy Loss

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Michelle Branch said she experienced her first miscarriage in December 2020 in an Instagram post to her 136,000 fans.

Grammy award-winner Michelle Branch has a daughter named Owen Isabelle and a son named Rhy James.

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On December 26, 2020, Michelle Branch revealed in a heartbreaking Instagram post that she had experienced a miscarriage with her husband, Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.

“Just when we were rounding third and heading home (A baseball metaphor?! I know.) 2020 was like, “nah, I ain’t done yet.” December decided to really finish us off with a bang! No, literally. A bomb went off in downtown Nashville yesterday. And to further twist a dagger in my heart, I experienced my first miscarriage…” Branch, 37, wrote. 

She continued, “But alas, between the crying and binge eating of Christmas cookies, I decided to put on lipstick and a dress. We drank champagne alllll day. Made an incredible meal and sang Christmas songs snuggled up by a roaring fire. 5 more days until 2021.”

Branch said she was “limping to the finish line” in 2020, but being surrounded by her tight-knit family has helped her stay afloat during this tumultuous and uncertain year. 

“These people, my precious family, my husband, sister and kids have been the MVP’s. I couldn’t imagine spending a year isolated with anyone else. Happy Christmas, everyone,” Branch wrote.

Branch shares a 15-year-old daughter, Owen Isabelle Landau, with her ex-husband Teddy Landau. She has a two-year-old son, Rhys James, with Carney. 

Meghan Markle wrote about her experience in a New York Times op-ed in November 2020.

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Meghan Markle’s firstborn child is named Archie.

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In a November 2020 op-ed for The New York Times, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, opened up about having a miscarriage in July of that year.

In the piece, titled “The Losses We Share,” Markle wrote that she felt a “sharp cramp” as she was changing her son Archie’s diaper. 

“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” she wrote.

She continued, “Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal.”

The duchess said she realized one of the “only way” to begin healing is to ask, “Are you OK?” 

Christina Perri said that her daughter was “born silent” and got candid about her grieving process.

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Christina Perri opened up about her pregnancy loss to fans on social media.

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In November 2020, Christina Perri told fans that she experienced a pregnancy loss and her daughter was stillborn.

“Last night we lost our baby girl. she was born silent after fighting so hard to make it to our world. she is at peace now & will live forever in our hearts,” Perri, who shares a daughter with comedian Paul Costabile, wrote on Twitter

The pregnancy loss came just 10 months after Perri, 34, shared on Twitter that she had a separate miscarriage. 

On July 2, 2021, the “A Thousand Years” singer revealed on Instagram Stories how she’s dealt with the grief.  

“When we lost our daughter last November I thought I would never be OK again. I thought I would never laugh or play again or dance again or love again… and for lots of months I didn’t,” she wrote in her Stories, People reported. 

Perri continued: “But then I started trying to heal and learn how to live with the pain and grief right along side of the love & joy. how to find even the tiniest purpose in our tragedy and to find something to learn and grow from and grow towards.” 

She added that her healing process has been “so challenging and exhausting, but I can’t share enough about the power of inner work and healing,” People reported.

Chrissy Teigen spoke about suffering pregnancy loss after getting hospitalized for excessive bleeding.

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Chrissy Teigen has shared her pregnancy online.

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In October 2020, model Chrissy Teigen shared an emotional post on Twitter about suffering pregnancy loss after being hospitalized for days. 

“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” Teigen wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of herself crying in a hospital bed. 

Teigen was pregnant with her third child with husband John Legend.

In September, she’d shared that she was put on bed rest for two weeks. On Sunday, she was admitted to the hospital after she experienced severe bleeding. 

Teigen shared that she underwent two blood transfusions and passed a blood clot. She said the bleeding was a result of a “weak placenta.”

Beyoncé said she suffered a miscarriage before giving birth to her first child.

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She said that it’s a big part of her “story.”

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In a 2013 interview with Oprah, Beyoncé opened up about the miscarriage she had before the birth of her first child, Blue Ivy.

“There are so many couples that go through that and it was a big part of my story,” Beyoncé said.

“It’s one of the reasons I did not share I was pregnant the second time because you don’t know what’s going to happen. And that was hard because all of my family and my friends knew and we celebrated. It was hard,” she continued. 

And, in a December 2019 interview with Elle magazine, the musician said that experiencing a miscarriage changed her perspective on success. 

“I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn’t know I needed. Success looks different to me now,” she told the publication. “I learned that all pain and loss is, in fact, a gift. Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else.”

 

Actor James Van Der Beek opened up about his and his wife’s experience dealing with miscarriages.

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James Van Der Beek and Kimberly Brook are married.

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In October 2019, “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly Brook announced that they are expecting their sixth child together.

In the same announcement, he also opened up about their struggles with previous miscarriages, saying there should be “zero shame around it.”

On Instagram, he wrote that the word “miscarriage” should be replaced because “nobody failed to ‘carry,’ these things sometimes just happen” and said this experience is something people rarely talk about, even though it’s OK to take time to grieve. 

“We decided to put ourselves out there — not knowing what we’d find — in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most,” he continued. 

In November of that year, he shared that his wife suffered a miscarriage. 

Hilaria Baldwin has shared many parts of her difficult experience on Instagram.

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Hilaria Baldwin opened up about suffering a miscarriage in April and in November.


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On April 5, 2019, Hilaria Baldwin shared a candid post on her Instagram, writing that based on her personal experiences and input from her doctors, she believes that her current pregnancy is not viable and that she is currently experiencing the early stages of a miscarriage. 

“I have always been so open with you all about my family, fitness, pregnancies … and I don’t want to keep this from you, just because it isn’t as positive and shiny as the rest,” she continued. 

Baldwin also explained that she wants to help raise awareness about this topic, writing, “I want to be a part of the effort to normalize miscarriage and remove the stigma from it.” And she added that she feels “no shame or embarrassment” about this experience.

A few days later, in an Instagram post, she shared that she had a miscarriage. “I hope this conversation continues to grow and that we stick together through both the beautiful and challenging moments in life,” she wrote. 

Later that year, the actress shared that she was pregnant again, writing on Instagram that “it is still very early” but she’s very happy. Later, in November, she shared on Instagram that she had another miscarriage at four months.

“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…I’m still in shock and don’t have this all quite clear,” she wrote.

The actress later shared she was pregnant again and gave birth in September. 

Whitney Port has spoken about the grief of suffering a miscarriage.

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Whitney Port said the grief was “all-consuming.”


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On the season finale of “The Hills: New Beginnings,” reality star Whitney Port opened up about the grief she experienced after having a miscarriage. 

“Pregnancy news is usually really exciting news, and when I found out I was pregnant I didn’t immediately feel so excited. I was really scared, actually,” Port said on the show. 

She said that she got nervous once all of her usual pregnancy symptoms (similar to ones she experienced for her first pregnancy) suddenly stopped.

Port said that’s when she began to process what was happening — and the grief she felt was “all-consuming.” She shared that it was especially difficult to keep herself together in front of her 2-year-old son, Sonny.

“It’s like a death is happening inside your body, and you’re also supposed to show up for your child that you have and you can’t really be sad in front of them, and you’re just confused if your feelings are okay [or] if they’re too dramatic,” she added.

“Pretty Little Liars” star Shay Mitchell told fans on Instagram that she had a miscarriage in 2018.

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Shay Mitchell is a mother.

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While looking back at her 2018, actress Shay Mitchell wrote a heartfelt Instagram story to her followers that discussed her own miscarriage after sharing a photo of her ultrasound.

“We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life. And sometimes it’s easier to only showcase the good times on social media, which is what leads many people to criticize it for its lack of authenticity,” Mitchell wrote.

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“Having so many people follow me on Instagram and read my posts is both incredibly humbling and hugely uplifting. The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams,” she added.

She said she hoped in the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, she hoped people would be more “compassionate, empathetic, patient, and thoughtful with each other.”

In 2019, Mitchell shared that she was pregnant — and she later gave birth to a baby girl. 

Michelle Obama said her two daughters were conceived through IVF after a miscarriage.

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Michelle Obama said her daughters were conceived through IVF.

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In a 2018 interview with ABC News prior to the release of her memoir, “Becoming,” former First Lady Michelle Obama shared that she suffered a miscarriage and that her two daughters Sasha and Malia were subsequently conceived through IVF.

“I felt lost and alone, and I felt like I failed,” she said. “I didn’t know how common miscarriages were, because we don’t talk about them. We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”

Halsey has spoken out about miscarrying while on tour.

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She still made it through her show.

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In 2016, singer Halsey told Rolling Stone that she suffered a miscarriage while on tour. In order to avoid canceling a performance, the pop star said she wore adult diapers and took pain medication to make it through the show.

“I beat myself up for it because I think that the reason it happened is just the lifestyle I was living,” she told the publication.

“I wasn’t drinking. I wasn’t doing drugs. I was f—ing overworked — in the hospital every couple of weeks because I was dehydrated, needing bags of IVs brought to my green room. I was anemic, I was fainting. My body just broke the f— down,” she added.

Anchor Sara Walsh revealed she was on live TV while she miscarried.

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It was during a broadcast of “SportsCenter.”

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In a 2017 Instagram post, the former ESPN anchor revealed she experienced a miscarriage during a broadcast of “SportsCenter.”

“The juxtaposition of college kids going nuts behind our set, while I was losing a baby on it, was surreal. I was scared, nobody knew I was pregnant, so I did the show while having a miscarriage. On television. My husband had to watch this unfold from more than a thousand miles away, texting me hospital options during commercial breaks,” Walsh wrote.

She went on to share the story of her long fertility battle, which consisted of painful IVF treatments and miscarriages. Walsh is now a mother of twins. 

Melissa Rivers revealed she had a difficult pregnancy after two miscarriages.

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Melissa Rivers said she also had a difficult pregnancy while carrying her son.

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Melissa Rivers, reality TV star and daughter of late comedian Joan Rivers, told Celebrity Baby Scoop that she had two miscarriages before delivering her son, Cooper.

“I had a very difficult pregnancy and I had a very hard time getting pregnant the first time and then I had a miscarriage and then another six months before I got pregnant with Cooper. Then I was on and off of bed rest for my entire pregnancy,” she told the publication. 

Sharon Stone said she adopted a child after having three miscarriages.

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Sharon Stone later adopted her son.

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In 2012, actress Sharon Stone revealed to AARP that after three second-trimester pregnancy loses, she and her husband adopted their son Roan.

“The last time I lost the baby,” she said, “I went into 36 hours of labor. While we were at the hospital, our adoption attorney called.”

Lela Rochon spoke about not trusting her body after a miscarriage.

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Lela Rochon said miscarrying affected her body during her pregnancy.

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In a 2013 interview with Mocha Manual, Lela Rochon said that a miscarriage she suffered five months into a prior pregnancy affected how she felt about her body in a later pregnancy.

“I know everybody’s situation is different, but I also think you never truly get over that kind of loss and you never trust your body again until you see a healthy child come. When my daughter came and she was healthy and happy, it made everything okay,” she said.

Joan Rivers said she struggled to have more children after her daughter was born.

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Joan Rivers said she wished she’d had more children.

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In a 1993 interview with People magazine, the late entertainment maven Joan Rivers discussed how she dealt with pregnancy loss and fertility problems after having her daughter, Melissa.

“I wish I had had 10 children,” Rivers said. “After Missy, I had two miscarriages and a tubular pregnancy. Not having more [kids] is my only regret in life. We were going to adopt, and then Edgar changed his mind. I worry now because there’s nobody for Missy.”

Lily Allen said she experienced a pregnancy loss.

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Lily Allen wrote a song to handle her grief.

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Singer and songwriter Lily Allen has been open about her experience with losing a child.

In a 2015 Twitter post, the artist revealed that her song “Something’s Not Right” was written in memory of her stillborn son.  

“Five years ago today I was admitted to hospital. Four days later I delivered a beautiful baby boy, but sadly he didn’t make it. It’s unlike me to discuss this sort of thing so publicly but I wrote this song in his memory,” she wrote.

Brooke Shields experienced a pregnancy loss after undergoing IVF treatment.

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Brooke Shields said she was diagnosed with cervical dysplasia.

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Legendary supermodel Brooke Shields described the events surrounding her pregnancy loss in a 2003 interview with People. She revealed that after being diagnosed with cervical dysplasia and attempting IVF, she suffered a miscarriage.

“We were crushed,” she says. “Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work out.

“Maybe I’ll never know why it happened,” she says. “But it made me understand the difference between wanting to have a baby and truly wanting to be a mother,” she added.

Actress Kate Mara has also spoken about her experience.

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In an interview for Dr. Berlin’s “Informed Pregnancy” podcast, the”Fantastic Four” actress spoke about how she had “miscarried pretty early on” the first time she was ever pregnant. 

The actress explained that she had “a blighted ovum” though she didn’t know what it meant at the time. She said her doctor told her this meant she miscarried “but it hasn’t left [her] body yet.” Mara said it also meant her body still thought it was pregnant and that she may have to wait months to miscarry naturally.

“Everything just took so much time, so by the time it was all over, I mean, I had been pregnant for three months or something even though I wasn’t really pregnant. It just dragged out forever,” she added. 

Mara said that since she suffered a miscarriage, she was hesitant and a bit fearful the next time she got pregnant. 

“It was weird, this bittersweet sort of … I was so excited, but also sad that we weren’t as excited as we were the first time, because that was clear that it was a very different dynamic. It makes perfect sense,” she added. 

She and her husband, Jamie Bell, have since welcomed a daughter

Carrie Underwood has spoken about experiencing multiple miscarriages.

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Carrie Underwood has spoken about having three miscarriages.

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In a 2018 interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” Carrie Underwood spoke about her experience having three miscarriages throughout 2017 and 2018. 

She said she had two miscarriages in 2017 and one in 2018 and she didn’t want to be angry since she felt so blessed to already have a husband, child, and life that she loved.  

“But the miscarriages made me get real with God and say, ‘OK, I’m kind of giving up a little bit. If this isn’t meant to happen, then I need to accept that and know that someday I’ll understand why,'” she told People magazine earlier this year. 

At the beginning of 2019, the singer and her husband, Mike Fisher, welcomed their second child.

 




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