In a new Instagram post that focuses on the positive things in her life, Hilaria Baldwin confirmed that she had a miscarriage. The news comes a week after Baldwin posted that she was “most likely experiencing a miscarriage” and explained that she was being open about it in an effort to normalize the experience and remove the stigma.
On Tuesday morning, Baldwin shared two Instagram stories of herself and husband Alec Baldwin at an ultrasound appointment. She captioned the first, “Doing this / Wish me luck” and followed up with a post-op snap that read “It went well. I’m awake. One foot in front of the other. Thank you for your well wishes.”
Later in the day, the fitness pro confirmed her miscarriage in an Instagram post that focused on the people she’s most grateful for: Her husband their four children.
“There was no heartbeat today at my scan…so it’s over…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,” Baldwin captioned a photo of the family. “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.”
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There was no heartbeat today at my scan…so it’s over…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 💜
Baldwin received an outpouring of support and gratitude in the comments — and many women shared that they, too, had suffered miscarriages and appreciated Baldwin’s openness. “[T]hank you for sharing your experience with all of us as it was happening… it shows we don’t always have to hide or feel shame through these moments as women,” wrote Katrina Scott, co-creator of the Tone It Up fitness app.
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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.
Up to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, but the number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur so early in the pregnancy that the mother doesn’t yet realize she’s pregnant. As celebrities like Baldwin use their platforms to raise awareness about the prevalence of miscarriages, hopefully more and more women will feel less alone if they have this experience.