Shawn Johnson Opens Up About Her Miscarriage on YouTube
2008 Olympic gold medalist and Dancing with the Stars winner Shawn Johnson and her husband, Andrew East, released a deeply emotional YouTube video this week revealing that Johnson suffered a miscarriage — just two days after they learned Johnson was pregnant.
“So, it’s been a roller coaster of a few days. We just got back from the doctor and I’m no longer pregnant. Somehow, I lost the pregnancy already. It sucks. It’s definitely no fun, guys... and having a doctor confirm that we miscarried doesn’t feel good,” Johnson says in the video. “I’ve cried enough today. I don’t need to cry anymore.”
The video begins with the couple explaining that their news is not good — and it's not "the happiest video." Johnson continues, "We feel like a lot of people go through this, so we want to share it... we're here for you guys. We love you guys."
East then says, "You're not the only one going through what you're going through."
The video takes us through a tearful Johnson's discovering — with two pregnancy tests — that she's pregnant. "By the way, we're not trying to have a kid right now. Can it still happen? Were we planning on it happening? No," she says and smiles.
East offers his own take in the video that Johnson might be pregnant and addresses their unborn child, "If you are on the way, I love you. I have no idea who you are, what you are or what you’ll be like, but I’m pumped to meet you.”
But the video takes a turn for the tragic when Johnson reveals she's bleeding and the two head to the doctor, who confirms the loss of the pregnancy. The doctor assures her, "There's no blaming," and explains that the miscarriage was caused most likely a chromosomal anomaly that made the pregnancy unviable.
“The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life,” Johnson captioned the video. “My husband Andrew and I found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant, only to find out hours later some tragic news. I have been crying more than I ever have, but am still optimistic for what is next.”
Johnson also holds up some sweet baby Converse sneakers — the ones she gave her husband when she told him she was pregnant — and assures viewers, "We'll use them again, of course."
We commend Johnson and East for their incredibly brave choice to share their difficult journey from pregnant to not in just a couple of days. She's a champion in every sense of the world, and the comfort and solidarity she's no doubt provided for many fans is a gift.