Hilaria Baldwin confirms she's had a miscarriage: 'It's over'

Nearly a week after telling her social media followers that she was pregnant with her fifth child but at risk of losing the baby, Hilaria Baldwin has confirmed that she has had a miscarriage.

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Baldwin shared the news in an Instagram post which sees her posing with husband Alec Baldwin and their four children; the actor also has an adult daughter, Ireland, from his previous marriage to Kim Basinger.

On Wednesday morning, the wellness author appeared on Today to discuss her candid post about miscarriages, a typically taboo topic that she is hoping to normalize. During the show Baldwin noted that she had a scan later in the day to get an update on the pregnancy, but indicated that she wasn’t feeling optimistic.

Sure enough, her latest post confirms that there was “no heartbeat.”

“So it’s over,” she continued. “But I have some pretty strong and amazing heartbeats right here. I am surrounded by such 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 conversation continues to grow and that we stick together through both the beautiful and challenging moments in life. Much love and appreciation to all of you.”

Just as her previous post prompted commenters to share their own experiences with pregnancy loss, Baldwin is being applauded for shining a light on a difficult topic.

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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.

A post shared by Hilaria Thomas Baldwin (@hilariabaldwin) on Apr 4, 2019 at 6:47am PDT

“I am so sorry for your loss,” read one comment. Thank you for sharing your story. I have had five miscarriages and it’s so important to talk about it and let all of the other women who have been through it and will go through it someday know they are not alone. Much love as you and your family heal.”

“You are a brave human being,” a follower added.

“Thank you for sharing your experience with all of us as it was happening,” another commenter wrote. “It shows we don’t always have to hide or feel shame through these moments as women. Instagram is such a wonderful place, but it can also be a place that only highlights the amazing/blessed parts of life. You’re a wonderful mother and an inspiration to all of us to have the strength to share our experiences with other women — and to let them know they aren’t alone.”

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