Celebrities that have Opened up about Pregnancy and Child Loss in 2018

By |2018-12-30T15:33:26+00:00December 30th, 2018|Loss After Loss, Pregnancy|0 Comments

With the recent news of Michelle Obama opening up about her struggles with miscarriage and fertility in her new memoir, Becoming, we thought we would acknowledge other loss mamas and papas that have either joined our dreaded club this year or have shared about their long time membership to our club in 2018.

 

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1. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, former First Lady, shared in November that she and her husband, former President Barak Obama, used IVF to conceive their daughters after suffering a miscarriage over twenty years ago.

2. Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood, country music star, also recently opened up about suffering three miscarriage in the last two years after announcing she is currently pregnant with–crossing her fingers–her second living child.

 

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Wanted to say a thing or two about miscarriages… of which we’ve had three over the years (including right before this little beauty). First off – we need a new word for it. “Mis-carriage”, in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother – as if she dropped something, or failed to “carry.” From what I’ve learned, in all but the most obvious, extreme cases, it has nothing to do with anything the mother did or didn’t do. So let’s wipe all blame off the table before we even start. Second… it will tear you open like nothing else. It’s painful and it’s heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced. So don’t judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it it’s rightful space. And then… once you’re able… try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before. Some changes we make proactively, some we make because the universe has smashed us, but either way, those changes can be gifts. Many couples become closer than ever before. Many parents realize a deeper desire for a child than ever before. And many, many, many couples go on to have happy, healthy, beautiful babies afterwards (and often very quickly afterwards – you’ve been warned 😍). I’ve heard some amazing metaphysical explanations for them, mostly centering around the idea that these little souls volunteer for this short journey for the benefit of the parents… but please share whatever may have given you peace or hope along the way… Along with a new word for this experience. #miscarriage #WeNeedANewName #MoreCommonThanYouHearAbout @vanderkimberly

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3. James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek, actor, shared in an emotional Instagram post this past September about the three miscarriages he and his wife had experienced over the years under a picture of both of them with their youngest and newest baby girl born this year.

4. Walker Hayes

Walker Hayes, rising country music star, opened up in an interview with People about the death of his newborn baby girl right after birth. His daughter sadly died in June due to his wife Laney’s uterine rupture.

 

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Merry Christmas to our baby girl in heaven. We miss you so much! …….. 2018 has been a year full of overwhelming sadness and overwhelming joy. We have spent half of the year mourning and attempting to heal the loss of our angel which feels like an impossible battle all while celebrating the birth of our son. Seeking normalcy for our children has been our driving force forward. Normally I would be looking forward to a “fresh beginning” in 2019 but there is no more starting fresh after the loss of a child. So here’s to a healthy 2019 full of personal growth and creating many memories with my babies, full of smiles and laughs. Wishing everyone a special holiday season surrounded by loved ones.

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5. Bode Miller

Bode Miller, former Olympic skier, and wife Morgan, have been raising awareness about the leading cause of accidental death for children 1 – 4 years old after the tragic death of their 19-month old daughter, Emmy, who drowned in a neighbor’s pool this past June.

6. Nick Carter

Nick Carter, Backstreet Boys member, and wife Lauren Kitt were expecting a baby girl this year until they sadly suffered a miscarriage and loss of their second child.

7. Ludacris

Ludacris, rapper, and wife Eudoxie Mbouguiengue, revealed they suffered a miscarriage in the beginning of 2018.

8. Claire Holt

Claire Holt, actress, spoke publicly in March about her miscarriage and D&C sharing her experience with others so they feel less alone she said, “I never felt more broken as a person.”

9. Hilarie Burton

Hilarie Burton, actress, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan announced the birth of their baby girl at the beginning of this year with a supportive message for other loss moms and those struggling with infertility, sharing that it took her five years to carry her second living child to term.

10. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union, actress, and husband Dwyane Wade, NBA basketball player, shared their struggle with infertility and multiple miscarriages. They welcomed their daughter via surrogate in November of this year.

Other Celebrities That Have Opened Up About Loss In Past Years

1. Pink

Pink, Singer, revealed in November 2010 on the Ellen Show, that she was hesitant to share the news of her then current pregnancy as she had suffered a previous miscarriage. Her song Beam Me Up, is about the loss of a child.

2. Beyonce

Beyonce, Pop Star, her song, Heartbreak is written about the miscarriage of her first pregnancy. Beyonce saying in 2013, “It was the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.”

3. Lily Allen

Lily Allen, British Pop Star, has spoken about suffering the stillbirth of her daughter, in 2010 when she was six months pregnant.

4. Mark Zuckerberg & Wife Priscilla Chan

Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook, & wife Priscilla Chan, broke the taboo topic of miscarriage in 2015 when announcing on Facebook, of course, they were expecting a child after three previous miscarriages.

5. Melissa Rauch

Melissa Rauch, Big Bang Theory Actress, also shared the heartache of miscarriage in her pregnancy announcement in  2017 which is so relatable for the pregnancy after loss mom. In her own words borrowed from Glamour, “Here is the only statement regarding my pregnant that doesn’t make me feel like a complete fraud: ‘Melissa is expecting her first child. She is extremely overjoyed, but if she’s being honest, due to the fact that she had a miscarriage the last time she was pregnant, she’s pretty much terrified at the moment that it will happen again. She feels weird even announcing this at all, and would rather wait until her child heads off to college to tell anyone, but she figures she should probably share this news before someone sees her waddling around with her midsection protruding and announces it first.’”

We know there are more celebrities who have suffered loss as we all know, miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant death happens all too often. Feel free to share in the comments stories of celebrities who have opened up about their tragic losses that we might have missed.

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About the Author:

Lindsey Henke
Lindsey Henke is the founder and Executive Director of Pregnancy After Loss Support, writer, clinical social worker, wife, and most importantly a mother to two beautiful daughters and one sweet-cheeked baby boy. Tragically, her oldest daughter, Nora was stillborn after a healthy full-term pregnancy in December of 2012. Since then, she has turned to writing on her blog, Still Breathing. Lindsey was featured as Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine’s Knocked Up Blogger during her pregnancy with her second daughter, Zoe, who was born healthy and alive in March of 2014. Her writing about life after loss has been featured on Still Standing Magazine, Listen to Your Mother, Scary Mommy, Healthline, Postpartum Progress, and The New York Times. Lindsey can be reached by email.

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