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In the post, she explained that she is in the early stages of her pregnancy and miscarriage is a likely outcome. “The embryo has a heartbeat, but it isn’t strong, and the baby isn’t growing very much,” she wrote.
Baldwin said she wanted to be open about her experience because she promised herself she would share the news if she were to ever get pregnant again, “even if that means suffering a public loss.”
“I want to be a part of the effort to normalize miscarriage and remove the stigma from it,” she wrote in the lengthy post. “There is so much secrecy during the first trimester. This works for some, but I personally find it to be exhausting.”
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I want to share with you that I am most likely experiencing a miscarriage. I always promised myself that if I were to get pregnant again, I would share the news with you guys pretty early, even if that means suffering a public loss. 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. I think it’s important to show the truth...because my job is to help people by being real and open. Furthermore, I have no shame or embarrassment with this experience. I want to be a part of the effort to normalize miscarriage and remove the stigma from it. There is so much secrecy during the first trimester. This works for some, but I personally find it to be exhausting. I’m nauseous, tired, my body is changing. And I have to pretend that everything is just fine—and it truly isn’t. I don’t want to have to pretend anymore. I hope you understand. So, this is what is going on now: the embryo has a heartbeat, but it isn’t strong, and the baby isn’t growing very much. So we wait—and this is hard. So much uncertainty...but the chances are very, very small that this is a viable pregnancy. I have complete confidence that my family and I will get through this, even if the journey is difficult. I am so blessed with my amazing doctor, my dear friends, and my loving family...My husband and my four very healthy babies help me keep it together and have the perspective of how truly beautiful life is, even when it occasionally seems ugly. The luck and gratitude I feel that I am my babies’ mommy, is wonderfully overwhelming and comforting. In your comments, please be kind. I’m feeling a bit fragile and I need support. I’m hoping, that by sharing this, I can contribute to raising awareness about this sensitive topic.
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Hilaria and Alec have been married since 2012 and have four children together, who she said help her “keep it together.”
Her experience is not uncommon. Miscarriages happen in around 10 percent of known pregnancies, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Many people on Twitter applauded her transparency and honesty about a topic that isn’t often discussed publicly.
I can appreciate people in the public eye sharing such a painful experience. I applaud you and respect your honesty. Sending prayers to you and your family.— Str8 Talk (@straighttalk719) April 4, 2019
Some people even shared their own experiences with miscarriage.
Thank you for sending out that post. I myself had 3 miscarriages and it is emotional, draining and heart breaking especially as you are waiting results. Sending you strength and prayers to you and your family 🙏🏼— Frannie (@MrsManocch) April 4, 2019
Baldwin ended her post by asking her followers to “be kind” in the comments. “I’m hoping, that by sharing this, I can contribute to raising awareness about this sensitive topic,” she wrote.
Gabrielle Sorto is an Atlanta-based freelance writer covering culture, lifestyle, and news. Her work has appeared in CNN, Teen Vogue, INSIDER, and Vice. She can usually be found writing with an overpriced coffee in hand or hanging out with her dog, Rihanna, who is named after exactly who you think.