Pregnancy and parenthood are the most joyous experiences ever, right? Or at least that’s what Instagram would have us believe, what with its barrage of smiling babies eating or learning to crawl, pristine nurseries, and adorable outfits of the day. But pregnancy isn’t always a happy (or easy) experience. Aside from the anxieties and stressors and (often severe) morning sickness and terrifying genetic testing, between 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Period. And those devastating losses can have a lasting physical and emotional impact on the expectant parents.
Miscarriages happen during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, and more than 80% occur before 12 weeks, according to Tommy’s. This number may be higher, as some people miscarry without knowing they’re pregnant, the Mayo Clinic notes.
While miscarriages affect thousands of women every year, we don’t always talk about the difficult experiences. However, many celebrities, including Beyoncé, Gabrielle Union, and Demi Moore, are hoping to destigmatize miscarriage and spark a conversation about its aftermath by sharing their stories.
Ahead, we’ve gathered some of their insights.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2016.