Kate Beckinsale Shares her Baby Loss Story in Support of Chrissy

Last week, Chrissy Teigan and John Legend shared the heartbreaking news that they lost their baby at around 20 weeks into their pregnancy.

34-year-old Chrissy had been bleeding for about a month and was taken to hospital when it started getting heavier. She said: “Every time I would go to the bathroom [there] would be blood… but today the big difference was that it was kind of like if you were to just turn a faucet on low and just leave it there.”

Despite the best efforts of medics, tragically they lost their baby son shortly afterwards. Announcing the news on Instagram, she shared a carousel of black and white images of the couple and their baby boy, who they had named Jack.

While thousands have reached out to express their sadness for the family and extend their well wishes, others haven’t been so kind, questioning why Chrissy would share such personal news on Instagram and criticising the couple for posting images of such a loss. One user commented: “I feel those pictures are super personal and should have been kept private……”.

Speaking out in defence of Chrissy, actress Kate Beckinsale took to Instagram to reveal that she herself had experienced a similar miscarriage ‘many years ago’ at around the same point.

She highlighted what a traumatic and lonely time this had been for her, and is for so many mothers—and fathers—who have suffered, questioning the trolls who said Chrissy handled it the wrong way.

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She also extended her best wishes to anyone who may have been through such an experience.

She shared: “I’ve noticed people criticizing @chrissyteigen for sharing deeply intimate photos of the loss of her baby. As if there’s some protocol during soul-scouring calamity that, if not observed, emboldens people who do not know her or her family to say how she should be handling the unimaginable.”

“Years ago, I lost a baby at 20 weeks. I had managed to keep my pregnancy quiet and I absolutely collapsed inside and no one would have known.”

“There is grief, shame and shock so often that come with an experience like this, plus the heartbreak of your body continuing, after the loss, to act as if it had a child to nurture. Your milk comes in, with no one to feed. It can be the loneliest, most soul destroying period of time, particularly if you are not in the position of having an emotionally connected, supportive partner like Chrissy has.”

“I think it’s an honour to be allowed into another persons grief, especially with a subject like this which so often puts a woman into that hall of mirrors state of life continuing as if the world hasn’t, for you ,come to a bloody and terrible halt.”

“Sending so much love to the Legend family, but also so

How Chrissy Teigen’s openness can impact public perceptions of pregnancy loss

Chrissy Teigen’s recent announcement that she’d suffered a second-trimester pregnancy loss shocked her fans, not just because the news was devastating but also because of the heartbreaking photographs and caption she shared to social media.

The model, who was expecting her third child with singer John Legend, had been giving her 32 million Instagram followers regular updates about her complicated pregnancy, including details of her recent hospitalization and needing two blood transfusions.

And then, on Wednesday night, she posted a series of black-and-white images that laid bare the pain of her loss and the physically taxing process of childbirth, along with a note to the “little guy” she and Legend named Jack.

“To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive,” she wrote. “We will always love you.”

The post prompted an avalanche of support, with more than 10 million people “liking” it and thousands leaving comments. And despite the fact that some questioned Teigen’s rationale for opening up about the experience, experts told “Good Morning America” that her bravery could help remove some of the stigma associated with pregnancy loss.

Why women typically don’t discuss pregnancy loss

Pregnancy loss is disturbingly common in the United States, though it remains a taboo topic of conversation for many. Typically, medical professionals use the term “miscarriage” when referring to a loss before 20 weeks gestation, while “stillbirth” is used to describe a loss at 20 weeks or later. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that at least 10% of clinically recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage, though that number is likely higher because many women miscarry before they’ve confirmed they’re expecting. Stillbirth is considered by ACOG to be “one of the most common adverse pregnancy outcomes,” affecting 1 in 160 deliveries in the United States every year, or about 23,600 babies.

Ivy Margulies, a Los Angeles-based a clinical psychologist who specializes in pregnancy and infant loss, told “Good Morning America” the main reason many women don’t discuss their losses is because they feel guilty about them.

“They feel like they failed, their body failed and their body didn’t protect their baby — it didn’t do what it was supposed to do,” she said. “They feel culpable and like it’s their fault. It’s so emotionally complicated.”

Most of the time, no one is to blame. ACOG reports that 50% of miscarriages are due to a chromosomal abnormality, while “a significant portion” of stillbirths remain unexplained.

“It is very rare that anyone is at fault for a pregnancy loss. It is almost never the fault of the mom,” said Dr. Elizabeth Langen, a practicing OBGYN and clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan. “Women often ask about what they ate or how much they did or did not exercise and if that made a difference. As much as we want everyone to be as healthy as possible, these decisions

Here’s Why Grieving Parents are Coming Together Online to Defend Chrissy Teigen’s Pregnancy Loss Photos

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Early this morning, October 1st, Chrissy Teigen posted to Instagram to inform her followers that she and husband John Legend sadly lost their unborn son, whom they had begun calling Jack. In her post, Teigen included five gut-wrenching photographs from the night they lost Jack, which has caused some controversy among people who are questioning whether the star should have posted intimate photos from such a personal trauma. However, many people who have been through the same grief Teigen and Legend say yes, and are now opening up about their own losses.

“On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out,” Teigen wrote in the caption of her Instagram upload. “But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.”

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month, a time of the year to raise awareness about stillbirth, miscarriage, SIDS, or any other cause of death of an unborn child or infant. According to Star Legacy Foundation, infant death and pregnancy loss affects tens of thousands of families across the United States, and yet the topic is one that is rarely talked about.

By visually letting others in to feel her pain despite it being such a personal tragedy, Teigen has, perhaps unknowingly, caused a massive crack in the foundation of the stigma attached to pregnancy loss.

Since her post went live, mothers, fathers, families, and friends have noted that they’ve found it easier to talk about their experiences with pregnancy loss and infant death. Some have even shared their own photos depicting their trauma and eventual recovery.

“In solidarity with our patron saint of honesty, @chrissyteigen, I share the only “hidden” photo on my phone,” Twitter user Justine Harman tweeted on Thursday. “1/8/18, the day I found out—alone at the hospital—that my baby didn’t have a heartbeat. It hurt like absolute, smoldering hell. And then I hid it. Thank you, Chrissy.”

Another user, referring to the backlash Teigen has received for sharing photos from the loss, wrote, “For those people who have vicious and nasty things to say to and about Chrissy, her sharing was not for you. It’s so that our pain is not taboo.”

“Last month we celebrated our baby boy’s would be 18th birthday,” another user, Kmo, shared. “The

Chrissy Teigen ‘Shocked, In Deep Pain’ After Pregnancy Loss, Shares Son’s Name

KEY POINTS

  • Chrissy Teigen lost her baby after being hospitalized due to pregnancy complications
  • Teigen didn’t expect to conceive naturally
  • John Legend’s wife shared last month that she had really bad pregnancy headaches

Chrissy Teigen is shocked and in deep pain after losing her baby days after she was admitted to the hospital due to pregnancy complications. The grieving celebrity mom took to social media to relay the sad news to her followers, who were also waiting for the arrival of her baby.

“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,” she wrote on Instagram.

“We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.”

Teigen added that she and husband John Legend don’t usually decide on baby names until after they are born. However, for some reason, they had been calling her baby “my belly Jack.”

“So he will always be Jack to us.  Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever,” Teigen continued.

“To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive.  We will always love you.”

Teigen also thanked those who reached out to them and sent them positive energy, thoughts and prayers. She said they really appreciated such gestures. Teigen chose to end her message with a positive note by being grateful for their lives and her two wonderful babies, Luna and Miles. She added that while they are dealing with their darkest days, they will hug and love each other harder until they get through them.

Teigen has been updating her fans about her pregnancy journey on Twitter. In August, she admitted that she didn’t expect to get pregnant naturally. For years, she’s been doing pregnancy tests every month, wishing that it would turn out positive one day. When it did, she was surprised because of the timing. It happened a few weeks after she had her breast implants removed.

She took a pregnancy test before the surgery and it was negative. After realizing that she was pregnant during the procedure, she prayed hard that everything would be okay and it did until she had complications over the weekend.

Prior to that, she also suffered pregnancy headaches and was happy that she was allowed to do neck muscle botox and a combo of beta-blocker shots and radio wave frequency because her headaches were so bad.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are pictured at the White Party Dinner Hosted on Sept. 5, 2014 at the Bocelli Residence in Forte dei Marme, Italy. Photo: Getty Images/Andrew Goodman

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