Hilaria Baldwin has confirmed she has suffered a miscarriage.
The news comes less than one week after the 35-year-old fitness expert revealed she was pregnant with her fifth child and would most likely not carry to term.
“There was no heartbeat today at my scan…so it’s over,” Baldwin said in her latest post to Instagram. “But I have some pretty strong and amazing hearts right here. I am surrounded by so much love and I feel so fortunate.”
“Thank you all for listening, for your support, and for sharing your own personal stories. We are stronger together… I hope this conversations continues to grow and that we stick together through both the beautiful and challenging moments in life,” she continued. “Much love and appreciation to all of you.”
In an interview with the Today Show earlier this week, Baldwin revealed she first learned that there were potential problems with her pregnancy during a routine doctor’s appointment when the ultrasound technician went quiet.
“The silence makes you very nervous,” she said. “And this technician, she just kept being quiet and kept on trying to find the heartbeat. She could find it and she’d listen and hear it, [but it was] very spread apart and slow. She said to me that the heartbeat is not very fast. Then I went in again and in the life of an embryo – days, a week- it’s completely different. And it was the same.”
Baldwin says she wanted to share her news with followers, to help end the shame women often experience after a miscarriage.
“As women, we’re trained to deal with it silently. You’re definitely not supposed to say anything until 12 weeks,” she told hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. “And some of that is because people are superstitious or that’s how they feel they’re going to be stronger. And a lot of it, for other people, is fear. And I don’t think that we have to live with such fear.”
A miscarriage is classified as any loss in pregnancy before the 20th week of pregnancy, but is highest within the first 13 weeks. An estimated 15 to 20 per cent of pregnancies result in miscarriage, and in many cases, the cause is unknown.
Chromosomal problems, problems with implantation, infection, or problems with the uterus or cervix are all possible causes of miscarriage.
Certain factors, such as age, increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage. Women over 35 as well as those who smoke, drink or use harmful drugs are at an increased risk of pregnancy complications.
Preexisting health conditions, such as autoimmune disorders like lupus, obesity, diabetes and hormone problems such as polycystic ovarian syndrome also play a factor in a healthy pregnancy, and should be discussed with a health care provider.
Despite being common, miscarriages can be traumatic experiences for women and their partners. According to a 2016 study, four in 10 women who experienced a miscarriage reported symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) three months after pregnancy loss.
Aside from flashbacks and nightmares, many women were overcome with feelings of depression and anxiety, and actively avoided friends and family. Equally troubling were the 80 per cent of participants who said they felt like a failure after a miscarriage, and the 70 per cent who reported feeling guilty.
Visit the March of Dimes website for more information about pregnancy and miscarriage.