At least 10 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, according to estimates from the
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Mayo Clinic. But one 2015 survey found that 55 percent of responders believe miscarriage is “uncommon.” Another study showed that 40 percent of participants who had experienced pregnancy loss said they felt very alone in the aftermath.
In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, we looked at the public figures who have shared their own stories of loss to comfort and support other women going through this painful experience.
Here are 50 celebrities who have opened up about their miscarriages.
Pink revealed she was pregnant with her daughter during a 2010 episode of
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
The singer said she delayed making the announcement because of her experience with pregnancy loss.
"I didn't want to talk about it because I was just really nervous, and I have had a miscarriage before," she said.
More Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow told the Daily Mail's You magazine
that she experienced pregnancy loss after having her two children.
Discussing her children's requests for a new baby sibling, the actress said, "I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I am like, 'Are we good here or should we go back and try again?'"
More Gabrielle Union
Gabrielle Union revealed
she's suffered "eight or nine" miscarriages
in her book,
We're Going to Need More Wine
“For three years, my body has been a prisoner of trying to get pregnant," she wrote. "I’ve either been about to go into an IVF cycle, in the middle of an IVF cycle, or coming out of an IVF cycle.”
Beyoncé spoke publicly about the miscarriage she suffered before becoming pregnant with Blue Ivy in her 2013 HBO special, "Life is But a Dream." The singer described her experience as
"the saddest thing I've ever been through."
That same year, she explained why she chose to share her story
during an interview with Oprah
. "There are so many couples that go through that and it was a big part of my story," Beyoncé said. "It's one of the reasons I did not share I was pregnant the second time, because you don't know what's going to happen. And that was hard, because all of my family and my friends knew and we celebrated. It was hard."
More Story Continues Courteney Cox
Like her famous onscreen character Monica, Courteney Cox also struggled with fertility issues. The actress had multiple miscarriages before giving birth to her daughter Coco. "I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them,"
she told People magazine in 2004
That same year,
Cox told NBC News
that her struggles sometimes made it very challenging to do her job and make people laugh. "I remember one time I just had a miscarriage and Rachel was giving birth," she said. "It was like that same time. Oh, my God, it was terrible having to be funny."
More Nicole Kidman
In 2007, Nicole Kidman opened up about her early struggles to become a parent with Tom Cruise
in an interview with Vanity Fair
"From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies," she said. "And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that's when we would adopt Bella."
More Céline Dion
In 2009, Céline Dion
spoke with "Access Hollywood"
about trying to have a second child with husband Rene Angelil.
The singer said she had been pregnant for a few days, but "it didn't stay."
In an interview with Oprah
, the singer maintained a positive attitude about the experience: "It’s life, you know? A lot of people go through this. We tried four times to have a child. We’re still trying. We’re on the fifth try, and I’ll tell you, if five is my lucky number, this fifth try has got to come in."
The singer revealed to Rolling Stone that she got pregnant on tour and
later suffered a miscarriage
“I beat myself up for it because I think that the reason it happened is just the lifestyle I was living,” she said. “I wasn’t drinking. I wasn’t doing drugs. I was fucking overworked — in the hospital every couple of weeks because I was dehydrated, needing bags of IVs brought to my greenroom. I was anemic, I was fainting. My body just broke the fuck down.”
More Mariah Carey
While pregnant with her twins, Monroe and Moroccan, in 2010,
Mariah Carey told "Access Hollywood"
that her first pregnancy with Nick Cannon had ended in miscarriage.
"It kind of shook us both and took us to a place that was really dark and difficult," she said.
More Kathie Lee Gifford
In 1992, Kathie Lee Gifford told her audience on “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” that she had recently lost a baby.
"Until you experience [a miscarriage] yourself, you really don't understand the heartbreak of it,"
More Melissa Rauch
The "Big Bang Theory" actress announced her pregnancy alongside a painful recollection of a past miscarriage in a Glamour essay.
″‘Miscarriage’ by the way, deserves to be ranked as one of the worst, most blame-inducing medical terms ever,” she wrote. “To me, it immediately conjures up an implication that it was the woman’s fault, like she somehow ‘mishandled the carrying of this baby.’ F that so hard, right in its patriarchal nut-sack.” More Jaime King In July 2014
, Jaime King revealed in an Instagram post that she had five miscarriages.
Speaking to People
about her infertility issues, she said, "I was hiding what I was going through for so long, and I hear about so many women going through what I went through. If I’m open about it, hopefully it won’t be so taboo to talk about it.”
More Lisa Ling During a 2010 episode of "The View,"
Lisa Ling spoke about her first pregnancy, which ended in miscarriage. "I felt more like a failure than I'd felt in a very long time," she said.
"We actually [hadn't] been trying that long," she added. "I don't know that I took it as seriously as I should have because it happened so fast. But then when I heard the doctor say there was no heartbeat it was like bam, like a knife through the heart."
More Brooke Shields
Brooke Shields wrote about her miscarriage in her 2006 memoir,
Down Came the Rain
. The actress learned the news right before she was set to go onstage for a performance with Kermit the Frog.
In a 2003 interview with People
, the actress reflected on the experience. "We were crushed," she said. "Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work."
More Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston suffered multiple miscarriages in her life. During a 1993 interview with Barbara Walters, she said she had a miscarriage while filming "The Bodyguard."
"It was very painful, emotionally and physically,"
. "I was back on the set the next day. And it's over. But I had Bobbi Kristina one year later, and I am blessed."
More Kirstie Alley In her 2012 memoir, The Art of Men,
actress Kirstie Alley opened up about her miscarriage, an experience she said led to her weight gain.
"When the baby was gone, I just didn’t really get over it. Neither did my body," she wrote. "I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children ... that’s when I began to get fat."
More Lily Allen Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers dealt with fertility issues and struggled to get pregnant after having her daughter, Melissa. She opened up about her experience in a
1993 interview with People
“I wish I had had 10 children,” Rivers said. “After Missy, I had two miscarriages and a tubular pregnancy. Not having more is my only regret in life. We were going to adopt, and then Edgar changed his mind. I worry now because there’s nobody for Missy. When the chips are down, the only one who will take you in is a relative.”
More Tori Amos
In a 1998 interview with
, Tori Amos talked about her miscarriage and how it inspired her music. "I went through a lot of different feelings after the miscarriage -- you go through everything possible," she said.
"You question what is fair, you get angry with the spirit for not wanting to come, you keep asking why," she added. "And then, as I was going through the anger and the sorrow and the why, the songs started to come."
More Ashley Williams
In September 2016,
Ashley Williams wrote a powerful essay
about her miscarriage for the Human Development Project.
The actress shared the details of her experience and urged other women who have been through the same thing to feel more comfortable talking about it.
“Why don’t we talk about it?"
. "Why was I feeling embarrassed, broken, like a walking wound?”
More Giuliana Rancic
In 2010, Giuliana Rancic suffered a miscarriage at nine weeks. "I was angry at life and at God,"
she told People.
The talk show host said she wanted to share her fertility struggles with others. "Hopefully we can help people understand that there's nothing to be ashamed of," she said. "It's such a taboo subject, but it's a very common problem."
More Leandra Medine
Man Repeller founder Leandra Medine opened up about her miscarriage in an essay titled
“The Baby I Lost, the Person I’m Finding."
“It is pain I don’t wish upon Hitler’s most devout follower,” she wrote. “It felt impossible to deal with emotionally, but even harder to try and suppress, which I so wanted to."
More Nancy Kerrigan
During her time on "Dancing with the Stars," the former Olympian
tearfully shared her long journey
to becoming a mother of three, revealing that she suffered six miscarriages over the course of a few short years.
“Once, the pregnancy was far enough along that we actually told our son and he was so excited,” Kerrigan said. “How do you explain [a miscarriage] to a little kid? Having to tell them that it was now gone and they had to take it out? He asked why and we had to explain, ‘Because it’s dead. It’s not alive anymore.’ That was awful.”
More Wendy Williams
During the PBS special "American Masters: The Women’s List," Wendy Williams said she
"fought tooth and nail to be a mother."
“I suffered several miscarriages including two at five months," the talk show host said in the 2015 special. "That’s when you have the clothes already picked out, the nursery is already painted. They ask you do you want a funeral or do you want the cremation.”
Williams, who has one son, added, “We went through that not once but twice, me and my husband. So our Kevin is a hard-won child. I would’ve loved to have had more children but I don’t want to test my blessing.”
More Jane Seymour Jane Seymour told "Entertainment Tonight"
in 2007 that she had once suffered a miscarriage at work.
"I actually lost a pregnancy live on television, announcing the Rose Parade, but nobody knew at the time," she said.
More Eva Amurri Martino
In August 2015, Eva Amurri Martino revealed she had suffered a miscarriage at nine weeks in a heartfelt post for her blog
Happily Eva After
"I am sharing in the hopes that we can be a light for people going through similar circumstances, and to remind myself and others that there is no shame in voicing our heartbreaks and allowing others to comfort us," she wrote.
"What was so shocking to me is how common miscarriages are, versus how little I hear them talked about," she continued. "I'm not sure if this is because people are ashamed to suffer this loss, or whether the loss is simply too painful to share (I can see how this could be the case also)."
More Christie Brinkley
1998 interview with Good Housekeeping
, Christie Brinkley opened up about her three miscarriages. "After the first miscarriage, I tried to take the attitude that it was my body's way of telling me that this pregnancy wasn't meant to be, and that it was better for everybody," she said.
"But after the second one, it was really devastating. Four months is a lot of living with that little life in you -- thinking about it, eating right for it, nurturing it and all of a sudden, it dies."
More Tamar Braxton
During an emotional episode of “Braxton Family Values,” the 40-year-old singer
opened up about her miscarriage experience
“I didn’t know how I was going to get out of my bed for a couple weeks,” Braxton said. “But you just do, you know? The same choice you make to be courageous and go through this process is the same choice to get up and keep going."
More Loni Love
Comedian and talk show host
Loni Love opened up
about the surprise pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage she experienced in her 20s during a poignant moment on “The Real.”
“I just never wanted that feeling again, because I was always afraid," she said. "I had so much love for that baby. ... That’s why I don’t take it lightly. After that, I made sure that I would never get pregnant again, because I didn’t want to have to go through that. I felt like it was a person that I was letting down.”
More Ali Wong
In a 2016 interview
with The Guardian
, Ali Wong spoke about miscarrying twins and why she's turned that experience into part of her comedy routine.
"It really helped me when I had a miscarriage to talk to other women and hear that they’d been through it, too," she said. "It’s one thing to hear the statistics but it’s another to put faces to the numbers so you stop feeling like it’s your fault."
She added, "I think that’s one of the reasons women don’t tell people when they’ve had a miscarriage -- they think it’s their fault. I remember I worried what my in-laws would think, which is so crazy. I thought they’d think their son had married a terrible person."
More Sophia Loren
In her 2014 memoir,
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, icon Sophia Loren opened up about her two miscarriages. Recalling her doctor's cold response to her loss, she wrote, "His scathing words dashed all my hopes, making me feel powerless, barren and deeply inadequate." More Hillary Scott
Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott was very emotional when she
opened up about her miscarriage on "Good Morning America"
in June 2016.
"I also feel like there's this pressure that you're just supposed to be able to snap your fingers and continue to walk through life like it never happened," she said, adding that the experience made her a "different mom" to her daughter.
More Lela Rochon
In 2013, Lela Rochon
told Mocha Manual
about a traumatic loss she experienced five months into her pregnancy. "Losing a child changes everything you feel and do from there," she said. "After that, the next pregnancy was pins and needles for me and everyone around me. Anytime relatives received a late-night phone call, they worried I had bad news ... Probably the biggest problem was me. You always feel that it is your fault when something happens."
She added, "I know everybody’s situation is different, but I also think you never truly get over that kind of loss and you never trust your body again until you see a healthy child come. When my daughter came and she was healthy and happy, it made everything OK.”
More Barbara Walters
Before adopting her daughter, Jacqueline, Barbara Walters had multiple experiences with pregnancy loss.
“I had had several miscarriages,”
she told NBC's Jane Pauley
in 2003. “And when I did, they were never reported. And I would take a couple of days off then, and go back to work."
More Laura Benanti
In 2015, Laura Benanti opened up about her miscarriage in a
powerful essay on The Huffington Post
. Calling miscarriage the "Voldemort of women's health issues," the Tony Award-winning actress questioned why so many people are afraid to talk about it.
"Everyone handles grief differently, and I am certainly not suggesting that all women run around telling people they had a miscarriage if that isn’t healing for them," she wrote. "What I am suggesting is that, if this is something that truly affects so many women and their partners (some statistics say 1 in 3 pregnancies, some say 1 in 5), then perhaps we need to encourage a cultural environment more conducive to empathetic understanding."
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