Though many women will experience a miscarriage at some point in their lives, it is a topic that continues to be shrouded in silence. In recent years, however, celebrities have begun to come forward, share their stories, and chip away at the social stigma surrounding it. You might actually be surprised to find out that there are several celebrities who had miscarriages and have gone on the open up about their experience during that time.
Yet, apart from hushed whispers among friends and late night Google searches, miscarriage was something I knew very little about in my early 20s. When someone I knew eventually did open up about her experience, her voice was tinged with a sense of shame and guilt. She wondered aloud if she had done something wrong to cause the miscarriage and how horrible she felt to disappoint her parents and in-laws who were so eagerly awaiting a grandchild.
Her story, unfortunately, is not uncommon. But when my friend began her journey of openly discussing her miscarriage, a weight began to lift as she took ownership over her story. Similarly, the celebrity women who have not been silent about their miscarriages seem to find comfort and strength in doing so and by letting other women know they are not alone.
Pretty much everyone knows about Beyoncé and Jay Z's dauughter, Blue Ivy Carter, but few may be aware that Beyoncé experienced a miscarriage about three years ago, according to Us Weekly. Just like with many women, everything seemed to be going well and then there is no longer a sign of a heartbeat. She spoke of how she handled the process, saying "music was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through."
Singer Pink and husband Carey Hart are proud parents, but it turns out it was a difficult road to get there. According to People, Pink said that her miscarriage experience is why she chose to keep her pregnancy secret for so long.
Although most pregnant women are told that miscarriages are unlikely after hitting the 12 week mark, it can still happen. Lily Allen, who had a miscarriage once before, dealt with a devastating second trimester loss. In and interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Lily Allen said that her second miscarriage, technically a stillbirth, "was the most unfortunate thing that can ever happen to a person."
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg shared their miscarriage experience in a Facebook post that also served as a pregnancy announcement. Zuckerberg wrote:
Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you. In today's open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn't distance us; it brings us together.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic are no strangers to having their life publicly documented, but they chose to talk about a very private and personal experience for a specific reason. In an interview with People, Rancic shared her miscarriage news and explained, "hopefully we can help people understand that there's nothing to be ashamed of."
Bethenny Frankel is known for her candor, but it isn't always easy. In an interview with Glamour, Frankel spoke about miscarriage stigma saying, "people always talk about men suppressing their emotions, but women do too. And when it comes to miscarriage, there's an all-out code of silence."
Lindsay Lohan may be known for her public trials and tribulations, but she explained why she was hesitant to talk about certain topics. According to CNN, Lindsay Lohan told Oprah, "I had a miscarriage . . . I couldn't move; I was sick. Mentally, that messes with you."
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On her blog, Happily Eva After, Eva Amurri Martino wrote about her miscarriage. "I think there’s a misconception that once a woman conceives after a miscarriage, that somehow her miscarriage is erased," she wrote. "In my own experience, this couldn’t be further from the truth."
In an interview with Lucky, Elizabeth Banks shared her issues with fertility and miscarriage, saying that "the one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly . . . years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, were all unsuccessful."
According to People, Lisa Ling was devastated by her miscarriage. But she decided to go public with her experience in hopes that it would take away the taboo aspect and let other women know they aren't alone.
For many, loss can be a life-changing experience. In an interview with ABC's 20/20, Mariah Carey discussed her miscarriage where she shared it was extremely rough but inspired her to become more spiritual