Celebrity Parents 41 Celebrities Who Have Shared Their Miscarriage Stories, in the Hopes of Helping Others These stars have shared their experiences in an effort to end the stigma over pregnancy loss By Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho Diane J. Cho was the Features Editor of PEOPLE Digital from 2019 to 2022. She worked at the brand for nearly four years covering news, features, human interest, evergreen, holiday gift guides and more. She launched the How I Parent and What It's Really Like to Be …. digital series and has interviewed several celebrities and influential leaders within the entertainment industry. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Diane worked at Bustle, VH1 and Complex. She received her bachelor's degree in Journalism from Rutgers University and her master's degree from Columbia Journalism School. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 2, 2020 01:40 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos 01 of 41 Savannah Guthrie Savannah Guthrie. Zach Pagano/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty The Today co-host opened up about a past miscarriage in the April 2022 cover story for Good Housekeeping, revealing she also went through two rounds of in vitro fertilization, after she and her husband, Michael Feldman, welcomed their daughter, Vale. "I stopped even letting myself hope or believe I could [get pregnant], because the years were getting on," she told the outlet. "It wasn't that I thought it was impossible; I just thought it wasn't likely." "I didn't want to get my hopes up," Guthrie continued. "I just tried to tell myself that it would be OK if it didn't happen: Maybe it's not meant for me, and that's OK because I've already been blessed so much in my life. I'm not entitled to have a baby too. Looking back, that mindset was probably a self-defense mechanism." Guthrie later welcomed their second child together, son Charles "Charley" Max, in 2016 via IVF. 02 of 41 Debbie Matenopoulos Debbie Matenopoulos. Mike Coppola/Getty/SiriusXM On the Feb. 15, 2022, episode of the Allison Interviews podcast, the former View co-host revealed that she secretly suffered nine miscarriages while working on Hallmark's Home & Family show. "I was pregnant for, like, five years straight and no one knew except my stylist that I was pregnant. I would lose them, always. The first three were really hard, and then after that I got to a point where I was like, 'Is this a joke? Really?!'" she recalled. "My heart was broken so many times that I got to a point where I said, 'Okay, this is what the universe and what God wants, and this is just how it is supposed to be,'" added Matenopoulos, who welcomed her daughter, Alexandra, in October 2014. "So I just stopped trying. I stopped trying because I just felt so defeated, and God, I love babies. When I look at little babies my ovaries hurt," she shared. The Ikaria Beauty founder said she would still "love to be able to give my daughter a sister, maybe even [through] adoption. "That is not out of the question, but going through that again," she added. "I have a soft spot for anyone else who's ever had a miscarriage." 03 of 41 Jill Duggar Jill (Duggar) Dillard. Jill Dillard/Instagram The Counting On alum shared an emotional video on YouTube and Instagram in October 2021, revealing that she and husband Derick Dillard had suffered a miscarriage soon after learning they were pregnant with their third child. In the video, the couple await the results of a pregnancy test, and after seeing that it's positive, they eagerly share the news with their sons Israel David and Samuel Scott. "We recently found out that we were expecting our third baby," the couple wrote in a statement, alongside the video on their website. "We were all thrilled! It was fun to see so much joy in the boys' faces as we shared the news with them." "However, a few days later we started miscarrying," the statement continued. "Even though it was too early to tell the baby's gender, we picked a name that we feel encompasses our baby's significance and the life we will always remember: River Bliss Dillard." "Our baby doesn't get to live here with us on earth, but is forever with the source of the river of life, in the presence of the Lord!" they said. "And we chose Bliss for a middle name because our baby is living in perfect bliss with the Lord and was such a gift that brought immense joy and happiness to us even though only with us here on earth for a short time." 04 of 41 Whitney Port Whitney Port. Whitney Port/YouTube In early 2021, Port opened up in a heartbreaking Instagram post about experiencing a second loss. "Timmy and I weren't sure if we still wanted to put this out there. I wasn't sure I wanted to relive the pain. However, this time around, I felt differently about the situation," Port wrote. "Last time, I don't think I was ready to have another child, and I had different feelings about the miscarriage. This time, I really connected. I was actually excited and enjoying the pregnancy. I envisioned it all." "I'm sad but I'm ok and we will try again," Port — mom to 4-year-old Sonny — continued. "I also have so much sadness in my heart for anyone that has to go through this or has gone through this. I know though that our community will share, band together and support- cause you always do." She miscarried again in November 2021, sharing the sad news immediately with her podcast listeners. "I was feeling all these feelings that I didn't really know where to put them, and I didn't know who to tell them to. I didn't feel like I wanted to dump them onto [my husband] Timmy and didn't feel a need for a therapy session," she later shared on PEOPLE's Me Becoming Mom podcast. "I didn't want to burden it with my mom or sisters or whatever." "I just had clarity about how I felt, and I wanted to share that. I thought that it's such a moment where it's so raw for people, I really wanted to catch that because I felt like so much of what we see out there is produced," she continued. "So I just recorded it on my phone, just pacing around my room. I just feel like the more I share, the easier it is for me to release." 05 of 41 Jeannie Mai Jeezy and Jeannie Mai (right) attends the Prabal Gurung NYFW Fashion Show. Gotham/WireImage The Real cohost announced her pregnancy news in September 2021, revealing that it came after she had suffered a miscarriage. Mai, who recently welcomed her first baby with musician husband Jeezy, shared the news on The Real talk show, as well as in an interview with Women's Health. She explained that she previously found out that she was pregnant a month before her March wedding to Jeezy, after months of trying for a baby. They soon found out that they'd lost the baby. "I wondered if I was being punished. I wondered if I'd jinxed myself or cursed myself. My entire life, I never wanted children. When I say never, I'm talking a hard-stop never," she shared, adding, "Falling in love with Jeezy made me see life differently for myself. Our love is honest, pure and safe … something I hadn't felt as a child." 06 of 41 Nabela Noor Nabela Noor and Seth Martin. Kinna Shaffer In June 2021, the self-love advocate and author opened up about suffering a miscarriage after finding out she was expecting for the first time with husband Seth Martin. The pair had been trying to conceive for more than six years. In an emotional video, the Bangladeshi-American activist explained, "There was a short, short, short window of time where I got to live this little fairytale where I was pregnant," adding, "It was the best week of my life." In September 2021, Noor revealed the happy news that the pair was expecting once again. "This is our rainbow baby after our very public, devastating miscarriage," she told PEOPLE exclusively. "This miracle pregnancy came just a little over two weeks … after our miscarriage as a complete and total surprise and miracle. Our rainbow baby came to us when we were in the middle of our deepest storm and completely took us by surprise." 07 of 41 Tori Roloff Tori (left) and Zack Roloff with son Jackson, and daughter Lilah. Monique Serra Photography The Little People, Big World star revealed in March 2021 that she and husband Zack had suffered a miscarriage. The pair already have a son, Jackson, and daughter, Lilah. "We were so excited when we found out we were expecting baby #3, and we couldn't wait to share. We went in for our first ultrasound at 8 weeks and found out that we lost our sweet baby two weeks earlier," she announced on Instagram. "I've honestly never felt loss like I did in that moment," she continued. "I've never felt so sad, angry, and scared in a single moment. I had no symptoms of losing [our] sweet angel baby and nothing could have prepared me for hearing our sweet baby was gone." In November 2021, they announced happier news that they are expecting once again. 08 of 41 Amanda Knox Amanda Knox. Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images On her independent podcast, Labyrinths, Knox revealed that she suffered a miscarriage at six weeks. She and husband Christopher Robinson "got pregnant very fast" once they began trying and quickly started preparing a room for their little one's arrival. They learned at a doctor's visit that there was no heartbeat. "I did feel incredibly disappointed that that was the story of my first-ever pregnancy. I thought, like, I knew exactly what I want to do with my first pregnancy, and to have it not come to fruition, not through choice, felt like a betrayal," said Knox. Getting emotional at the end of the episode, Knox added, "I don't know who that baby was — I don't know if I'll ever know. It's a weird thought." In August 2021, Knox announced on her podcast that the pair is expecting once again. Their first daughter, Eureka, arrived in October. 09 of 41 Michelle Branch Patrick Carney and Michelle Branch. Monica Schipper/Getty Images The "Breathe" singer opened up about experiencing her first miscarriage, amid a particularly turbulent month and year. "Just when we were rounding third and heading home (A baseball metaphor?! I know.) 2020 was like, 'nah, I ain't done yet,'" Brach wrote on Instagram, on Dec. 26 of that year. "December decided to really finish us off with a bang! No, literally. A bomb went off in downtown Nashville yesterday. And to further twist a dagger in my heart, I experienced my first miscarriage (ugh! Motherf-----!)." She added that she's grateful to have been able to lean on her husband, Patrick Carney, as well as her sister. "But alas, between the crying and binge eating of Christmas cookies, I decided to put on lipstick and a dress. We drank champagne alllll day. Made an incredible meal and sang Christmas songs snuggled up by a roaring fire," she continued. "Five more days until 2021. I'm limping to the finish line." "These people, my precious family, my husband, sister and kids have been the MVP's. I couldn't imagine spending a year isolated with anyone else," Branch, who welcomed son Rhys James with Carney in 2018 and is also mom to teen daughter Owen from her previous marriage, added. "Happy Christmas, everyone xx." In February 2022, the couple welcomed a little girl named Willie. 10 of 41 Meghan Markle Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Rosa Woods - Pool/Getty Images In a moving account written for The New York Times in November, Meghan, who welcomed son Archie with Prince Harry in May 2019, revealed that she suffered a miscarriage in July 2020. "After changing [Archie's] diaper, I felt a sharp cramp. I dropped to the floor with him in my arms, humming a lullaby to keep us both calm, the cheerful tune a stark contrast to my sense that something was not right," she wrote of the devastating moment. "I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second." She recounted that she and Harry shared tears later as they comforted each other in a hospital bed — and wrote that she shared her story so other women might know they don't have to go through the heartbreaking, but common, experience alone. "In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage," she wrote. "Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning... I realized that the only way to begin to heal is to first ask, "Are you OK?" The pair went on to welcome their second child together, daughter Lilibet "Lili" Diana, on June 4, 2021. 11 of 41 Chrissy Teigen Chrissy Teigen and John Legend. chrissy teigen/insagram One month after announcing their surprise pregnancy news, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend mourned the loss of their son in September 2020. "We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," Teigen wrote in a lengthy and emotional Instagram post. "We never decide on our babies' names until the last possible moment after they're born, just before we leave the hospital," she continued. "But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever." In a heartbreaking essay for Medium, Teigen recalled the moment "it was time to say goodbye," and explained why the couple shared intimate photos from the day. "I had asked my mom and John to take pictures, no matter how uncomfortable it was," Teigen wrote. "I explained to a very hesitant John that I needed them, and that I did NOT want to have to ever ask. That he just had to do it." "It didn't make sense to him at the time. But I knew I needed to know of this moment forever, the same way I needed to remember us kissing at the end of the aisle, the same way I needed to remember our tears of joy after [son Miles Theodore, and daughter Luna Simone]," she said, adding that she knew others might derive comfort from seeing someone else in a similar situation. "I absolutely knew I needed to share this story." 12 of 41 Ali Fedotowsky-Manno Ali Fedotowsky-Manno. Ali Fedotowsky/instagram The former Bachelorette star revealed her sad news in a July 2020 Instagram post, saying she hopes that by sharing her story, it will help other women feel less alone in their own experiences. "I am 1 in 4. I don't really know what to say here," Fedotowsky-Manno wrote in a lengthy, emotional caption. "I'm sitting in my car, using talk to text & I'm just gonna speak from my heart. I had a miscarriage recently (I'm at the OBGYN right now for a follow up)," she continued. "I'm not sharing this bc I feel sorry for myself or I want others to tell me they feel sorry for me. I don't feel sorry for myself. I feel sad for what could've been. Sad for the baby that was growing inside me. Sad because it's sad." "I want to share this because I think it's important," she continued. "I'm so uplifted and encouraged by the way I'm seeing social media change. Change from being a place where everyone shares the highlights of their life and now being a place where people share the good & the bad — the smiles & the tears. ❤️" The TV personality and blogger said that it's "such a long story of how it all happened" and that she is unsure if she will ever share the full story. "I'm writing this post to let others know who have experienced pregnancy loss know that I see you & feel you," she went on. "We all go through different emotions & process the loss differently. I know that my loss is not the same as someone who's had a stillbirth or lost a baby at 20 weeks. Or someone who has been trying to conceive for years." The mother of two later thanked fans and followers for their support on her Instagram story. "Thank you for all your love and support on my last post," she said. "It was a difficult few weeks for sure." "I shared at one point a few weeks ago that I was going through something but I wasn't ready to share it with all of you, I needed some time to grieve the loss," she said. "But... I just wanted to share because I know it's going to help people. And that's why I'm doing it." 13 of 41 Christina Perri Christina Perri. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty The "A Thousand Years" singer announced on Instagram that she had suffered a miscarriage. She wrote that she hoped to "help change the story & stigma around miscarriage" by sharing her experience and heartbreak with her fans. "Today I had a miscarriage," she began the post. "Baby was 11 weeks old, we are shocked & completely heartbroken." She explained that she and husband Paul Costabile — who are also parents to Carmella — were planning to share their pregnancy news that next week, "so I feel like it's also important to share this news too," she wrote. "I am so sad but not ashamed. ... To all the mothers who have been here and who will be here, I see you and I love you." Perri later revealed that she and Costabile were expecting again in 2020. Sadly, after months of complications, she suffered a pregnancy loss later that year. 14 of 41 Becca Tobin Becca Tobin. Joe Scarnici/Getty During a July 2020 episode of LadyGang's official podcast, the former Glee star discussed all things fertility, after having suffered through multiple miscarriages and gone through in vitro fertilization to freeze her embryos. Alongside fellow LadyGang co-hosts Keltie Knight and Jac Vanek, Tobin was joined on the podcast by her fertility doctor, Dr. Said Daneshmand of the San Diego Fertility Center, where she discussed the issues she has faced with her husband Zach Martin, whom she wed back in 2016. "In my earlier 30s I was having an ultrasound and the doctor said, 'Oh my gosh — look at all those eggs.' So I had a false sense of confidence in my ability to make a baby," shared Tobin, now 34. Noting that they never had a problem conceiving and it was just an issue with the quality of her eggs, Tobin revealed that her OB-GYN suggested she see a fertility specialist after her second miscarriage. The journey led them to Daneshmand — whom Tobin drives from Los Angeles to San Diego to see — and the couple now have frozen embryos ready to go for when they do plan to welcome children. "There's no better feeling. I didn't realize the weight that would be lifted the moment that I found out that I didn't have to hurry up and keep trying and hopefully get something healthy," Tobin shared. 15 of 41 Scheana Shay Brock Davies and Scheana Shay. Scheana Shay/Instagram In June 2020, Scheana Shay shared the sad news about her miscarriage on an episode of her Scheananigans podcast. The Vanderpump Rules star revealed that she and boyfriend Brock Davies first learned of her "miracle" pregnancy "a few weeks ago" and were surprised, considering doctors previously told her "it would be close to impossible to get pregnant on [her] own." "I didn't think that I could get pregnant on my own. My AMH levels, for those of you who know what they are, were 0.28. That's basically your fertility levels, and that tells you your egg count. I have very low ovarian reserve," explained Shay, who previously opened up about freezing her eggs. Shocked by the positive tests, Shay told close friends and family and even planned a special Father's Day surprise for her dad to tell him the good news — but their celebrations soon turned to tragedy, starting with the Bravo star "bleeding all weekend, and it wasn't stopping." "I wanted to put this out because a miracle did happen, and I got pregnant for the first time in my life," the star said of the reason she's sharing her story. "And although this one isn't working out, and we don't know yet what's exactly gonna happen, I know that I was able to get pregnant on my own, and that alone is a miracle. And I know that this is something that's common, that so many women go through." The couple went on to welcome their first child together, daughter Summer Moon Honey, in April 2021. 16 of 41 Hilarie Burton Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Hilarie Burton with daughter George and son Augustus. Jeffrey Dean Morgan/Instagram The One Tree Hill alumna, who shares two children, a son named Gus and daughter named George, with her husband, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, opened up to PEOPLE about what she and her husband went through as they tried to grow their family. After welcoming Gus in March 2010, the couple — who wed in October 2019 after a decade together — decided to try for another child together. After a year-and-a-half-long struggle to get pregnant a second time, Burton and Morgan were heartbroken after the actress suffered a miscarriage and "took on so much guilt," she told PEOPLE. "When you get blindsided by your body, that betrayal of your body is very hard to overcome. I didn't think I had PTSD. I had other people tell me I had PTSD," Burton said. "But there's this thing that happens to your body after a miscarriage," she continued. "Every single ache and every single pain, all of a sudden you're scared it's a death. It's got to be the worst-case scenario. And I didn't realize I had that, but every time I would have a cramp, I was scared it was something serious." 17 of 41 Alanis Morissette Alanis Morissette. When the "You Oughta Know" singer appeared on Dax Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert, she revealed that she "had a bunch of miscarriages" between having her three children, sons Winter Mercy and Ever Imre and daughter Onyx Solace. Morissette shared that she relied on "trust" during the time she was trying to expand her family. "We were chasing and just showing up and then surprises and then devastations and all of it," she said. "But, I mean, I do trust. I have this trust pilot light thing that keeps cooking along — even when there's a torrential downpour, it's still flickering — of hope and faith and vision for something to work out, whatever it is." She first touched on the topic in a June 2019 interview with SELF, saying, "I always wanted to have three kids, and then, I've had some challenges and some miscarriages, so I just didn't think it was possible." The singer talked about how she "felt so much grief and fear" while trying to expand her family, explaining, "I learned so much about my body and biochemistry and immunity and gynecology through the process. It was a torturous learning and loss-filled and persevering process." 18 of 41 Carrie Underwood Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher. Mike Fisher Instagram The country star and wife of Mike Fisher said she had three miscarriages in two years, during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning. "We got pregnant early 2017 and didn't work out," she said. Then, after suffering a second miscarriage in 2017 and a third in 2018, the star explained, "At that point, it was just kind of like, 'Okay, like, what's the deal? What is all of this?'" She opened up to Women's Health about the ordeal, sharing, "For my body to not be doing something it was 'supposed to do' was a tough pill to swallow. It reminded me I'm not in control of everything." Speaking candidly about the miscarriages felt like a "weight lifted off my shoulders," she added, and showed her that "It's not a dirty secret. It's something many women go through." After giving birth to son Isaiah Michael in 2015, Underwood welcomed son Jacob Bryan in January 2019. 19 of 41 Paula Faris Paula Faris and daughter Caroline Grace Krueger attends 'Little Women' film premiere. Gregory Pace/Shutterstock During a guest appearance on The View, the television journalist opened up about why she used her third miscarriage as a teachable moment for her tween daughter. "I'm 44. I've always wanted four kids — maybe because I am the youngest of four. But that was my third miscarriage," Faris began. After having "three healthy pregnancies," Faris "knew what was going on" this time around with the loss, which happened over the Fourth of July weekend in 2019, while the family was on vacation in Maryland. "I brought my daughter into the restroom with me," she recounted. "I showed her what was going on, and I said, 'I just want to let you know, Mommy is … the baby is probably no longer viable. Mommy doesn't feel any guilt. This is normal. It happens to so many women. It's happened to me a couple of other times. When you get pregnant, it might happen to you, honey. And I want you to know there's nothing you did wrong.'" "It's important to grieve, but it's also important to know that this happens to so many of us," she continued. "She's 12. She's the perfect child, by the way," she said, joking, "And then I have my boys, who are savages. God has a sense of humor." 20 of 41 Beyoncé Beyonce on the cover of Elle. Melina Matsoukas After being asked by a fan if she felt slighted for not winning any awards for her visual album Lemonade and Netflix film Homecoming, the star of ELLE's January 2020 issue explained that her definition of success changed once she experienced pregnancy loss and became a mother. "🙏🏾 I began to search for deeper meaning when life began to teach me lessons I didn't know I needed. Success looks different to me now. I learned that all pain and loss is in fact a gift," the singer explained. "Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else. Then I had Blue, and the quest for my purpose became so much deeper. I died and was reborn in my relationship, and the quest for self became even stronger." "It's difficult for me to go backwards," she continued. "Being 'number one' was no longer my priority. My true win is creating art and a legacy that will live far beyond me. That's fulfilling." 21 of 41 Hilaria Baldwin Hilaria Baldwin. Hilaria Baldwin/Instagram In November 2019, the mother of four shared on Instagram that she had suffered a second miscarriage shortly after her 20-week scan. "We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months. We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be," she wrote alongside a video of herself with her daughter Carmen. "We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies — and we will never lose sight of this. I told Carmen and took this so I could send it to Alec. I guess this is a good way to share it with you too," she continued in the caption, referencing her husband Alec Baldwin and their other children, sons Romeo Alejandro David, Leonardo Ángel Charles and Rafael Thomas. The couple had announced Hilaria's latest pregnancy in September 2019, which came five months after her first miscarriage announcement. Back in April 2019, Baldwin shared on Instagram that she had lost her baby. "There was no heartbeat today at my scan…so it's over…" she captioned the post, featuring a photo with her family. "but I have some pretty strong and amazing heartbeats right here." In September 2020, the pair welcomed another son, Edward "Edu" Pao Lucas, and a few months later, welcomed daughter Lucía via surrogate in March 2021. 22 of 41 Kimberly Van Der Beek Kimberly Van Der Beek and daughter Emilia. James Van Der Beek/Instagram During the November 2019 Dancing with the Stars semifinals episode, James Van Der Beek shared in his video package that "my wife Kimberly and I went through every expecting parent's worst nightmare: We lost the baby. The little soul that we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond." "You never know why these things happen — that's what I've been telling my kids. All you know is that it brings you closer together; it breaks you open; it opens up your heart; it deepens your appreciation," added Van Der Beek, who shares five children with Kimberly: Gwendolyn, Emilia, Annabel Leah, Olivia and Joshua. "It makes you more human." The couple have been through losses before, as the actor explained on Instagram back in October 2018, when he went public with her pregnancy. "We decided to put ourselves out there — not knowing what we'd find — in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most," he added. The pair suffered another miscarriage in the summer of 2020. Just before Thanksgiving 2021, they surprised fans with some big news: the arrival of their second son, Jeremiah. 23 of 41 Lauren Sorrentino Mike and Lauren Sorrentino (right). Mike Sorrentino/Instagram During Good Morning America's Strahan Sara & Keke, the Sorrentinos revealed that the night Mike was released from federal prison, Lauren had gotten pregnant. "The night he came home, we actually conceived," Lauren said. "And then at about six-and-a-half, seven weeks, I miscarried." Calling the miscarriage "heart-wrenching," Lauren also recalled the gratitude she felt for her pregnancy. "When I found out we were pregnant, I felt like this is why we went through all these challenges for years, and that this was our time, and it was our blessing," she said. "It was hard. It was really difficult." As for why she opened up, Lauren said, "I didn't want to hold this in. I wanted to share it for other people going through it and just be honest, so I can kind of heal through the process." The pair ultimately welcomed son Romeo Reign in May 2021. 24 of 41 Gabrielle Ruiz Gabrielle Ruiz. Rich Fury/Getty Images The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend actress shared her story on Instagram to let others know that they aren't alone. "This morning at 3:20am, I had a miscarriage. When our OB-GYN gave us the news, I went through all the emotions; shocked, numb, confused, practical, overwhelmed, scared, sad, sarcastic, relieved, frustrated, even the thought, 'Oh, this couldn't be happening to US,'" Ruiz wrote on Nov. 1, 2019. "That very same day was also Oct 15th, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on social media. The stories you all shared gave me strength, understanding and the feeling that I truly wasn't alone and that this all wasn't in any way my fault." "So, I feel it is my duty to continue the transparency in sharing the secret story-telling of miscarriages," Ruiz continued. "Because no one really talks about it as much as we should. I now have the opportunity to tell you that you, my dear, are not alone." 25 of 41 Shawn Johnson East Shawn Johnson East (left) and Andrew East. Shawn Johnson/Instagram The former Olympic gymnast spoke about losing her first pregnancy on a November 2019 episode of Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner's Hot Marriage. Cool Parents podcast. "I felt so sad and guilty that I had done something wrong to lose this child," the mother-to-be said. The athlete and her husband, Andrew East, previously revealed in October 2017 that Johnson had a miscarriage shortly after the couple learned they were expecting. Johnson went as far as blaming her childhood and teenage years, when she was actively competing in gymnastics, as a possible cause for her loss. "That was always my fear — that I had put my body through so much and done so many extreme diets and delayed puberty and all of these things, that it would cause me to have trouble getting pregnant," she said. However, "I had had testing done and blood work done and [doctors] said everything was good, which was a good reassurance. But again, at that time of miscarriage, I couldn't help but think I did enough damage to my body at a young age that it was almost, like, payback." The couple shared that the support they received from those around them, as well as their personal faith, helped them heal. "No matter what you go through, you will always come out of it," said Johnson. "And I think if you believe in Him and have faith in Him, you'll come out stronger than you were before." On Oct. 29, 2019, the couple welcomed a healthy daughter named Drew Hazel, and in July 2021, they welcomed son Jett James. 26 of 41 Meghan McCain Meghan McCain. Lou Rocco/ABC The View co-host recalled the conflicting feelings she felt after losing her baby girl during an October 2019 episode of Good Morning America. "I've always been agnostic about having kids," McCain said. "I don't feel naturally maternal. I don't feel this natural draw to motherhood. And I think my response and how sad I felt afterward surprised me." McCain, who is married to Ben Domenech, revealed in July 2019 that she had been pregnant with a daughter but subsequently, had a miscarriage. She called the loss a "horrendous experience" and added that she "would not wish it upon anyone." "Nobody talks about this kind of stuff," McCain continued. "The only experience I've ever had on TV when women are pregnant is streamers and excitement, which is wonderful and amazing, but I just think there's a lot of other women out there who have my experience, and you are not alone." In March 2020, she announced she was expecting again, and later that year, she welcomed a daughter, whom she named Liberty. 27 of 41 Mireya Villarreal Mireya Villareal. Mireya villareal/Instagram The Texas-based CBS News reporter wrote an essay about suffering multiple miscarriages while on the road covering stories. Her first occurred while covering the California wildfires in 2017. "I questioned whether this was really happening. Was I really having a miscarriage in the middle of a wildfire with no one around to help me?" she wrote. "The assignment lasted another day before the fire retreated into the forest. I bled for five more days and saw my OB-GYN two more times to confirm I'd lost the baby." After the miscarriage, Villarreal detailed how angry she felt and the point at which she knew she needed to get help to work through her feelings. "Through therapy, I've realized that grieving the loss of this child was important, no matter what stage of the pregnancy I was in," she wrote. "But forgiving myself is just as important and something I'm still working on." The reporter is now a mom to a young son and plans to continue to try to have more children. She's since had two more miscarriages but doesn't plan on giving up her dreams to expand her family. "Someone recently told me, 'Why can't you just be happy? Some women never get to have kids. Can't you be happy with what you have? Isn't it enough?'" she wrote. "Here's the thing: No, it's not enough. And it's okay to say that. It's okay to want more for whatever reasons you may have." She added: "I want to have more of that joy in my life. And I would go through a hundred more miscarriages if it meant having another child like my three-year-old." 28 of 41 Renee Morrison Renee and Matthew Morrison (right). Renee Morrison/Instagram. Inset: Vera Anderson/WireImage Renee Morrison shared that she experienced a pregnancy loss after she and her husband Matthew conceived their second child. "I found out [I was pregnant] at four weeks and began the cycle of miscarriage on my sixth week, and that's a whole conversation that I would love to have but the point of today is to tell you how meditation helped guide me through this journey and this experience," Renee said on Instagram. Meditation has helped Renee "rise above those conditioned thoughts" and "surrender to them and see if you want to accept that as your authentic thought," she explained. "That's what I'm here to help us accomplish through sharing my story, my vulnerability, and just to say that I see you. I see you and I feel you, and we are Members Only," Renee offered, imploring others who have gone through similar experiences "to step back from the fear we are putting ourselves in and the disconnection and the shame." "I don't want people to feel sorry for me. I don't feel sorry for myself, and to go through these experiences and to get pregnant and to be alive … to be alive is an accomplishment," she added. She and Morrison welcomed another child, daughter Phoenix Monroe, in June 2021. 29 of 41 Shay Mitchell Shay Mitchell. Shay Mitchell/ Youtube In the premiere episode of her pregnancy series, Almost Ready, titled "Keeping a Secret," the new mom opened up about losing her first baby in 2018 when she was 14 weeks pregnant. "The first time that I was pregnant last year, Matte and I hadn't been planning. [But] it happened and we were really excited about it," the actress said of herself and partner Babel, whom she began dating about three years ago. "I was like 14 weeks," Mitchell continued. "At that point, I had no idea, the percentage of miscarriages. When it happened, I was just completely blindsided by it." The then-pregnant actress continued, "So of course I'm super happy, but I still feel for the one that I lost." "I know other women and other friends of mine who've gone through a way harder journey," Mitchell shared. "It's just really tough because you feel broken, as a woman, and that's not a great feeling." In October 2019, the couple welcomed their new baby girl, Atlas Noa, into the world and announced another pregnancy in February 2022. 30 of 41 Kate Mara Kate Mara arrives at the Animal Equality's Inspiring Global Action Gala 2018. Splash News Prior to giving birth to her and husband Jamie Bell's baby girl, Mara revealed she had a miscarriage at eight weeks on Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy Podcast. "She couldn't see the embryo, but she could see the pregnancy sac," the actress said of the ultrasound technician at her first sonogram appointment. "My doctor at the time said, 'Maybe you are off with your timing.' I was like, 'I am so good with timing.'" "I think the next day we went back in and [the doctor] said I clearly had a blighted ovum, which I didn't know what that was at the time. I've learned what that is. So she said, 'Basically, you've miscarried, but it just hasn't left your body yet.'" By the time Mara fully miscarried, she was three months pregnant. "Everything just took so much time, by the time it was all over. It just dragged out forever," she said. Once the couple was expecting again, they nervously attended their ultrasound appointment and found that their baby was completely healthy. By May 2019, the couple welcomed their daughter. 31 of 41 Hope Solo Hope Solo. Getty The former U.S. Women's National Soccer Team goalkeeper detailed her story in the July 2019 issue of Elle. She explained that while running for president of the United States Soccer Federation (USFF), she miscarried and later learned that she was pregnant with twins. "The doctor said I was hours from dying," she told Elle. "They ended up having to remove my fallopian tube." After that experience, Solo did not give up on having children and began the process of in vitro fertilization. In April 2020, she welcomed boy-girl twins. 32 of 41 Dylan Dreyer Dylan Dreyer. Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty During April 2019's National Infertility Awareness Week, Today's Dreyer shared that she had suffered a miscarriage while pregnant with her and husband Brian Fichera's second child. "'I think I lost the baby,' " Dreyer said, tearfully recalling what she told her husband after she noticed "massive bleeding" five weeks after getting a positive pregnancy test. "'You didn't lose the baby," her husband replied. "It's your body doing what it needs to do. You didn't do anything wrong.'" Her loss was confirmed after a visit to the doctor, which made things extra hard returning to work, where she had to mask what was going on. "I'm devastated, and I have to go to work on the Today show and be happy and smiling and pretend like nothing's wrong," she said, adding that she did eventually tell her co-workers what had happened. After revealing that she had her son Calvin after only trying to conceive one or two times, Dreyer admitted that the difficulties involving her second attempt at having another child, in addition to learning she had a low egg count, surprised her — she "didn't know secondary infertility was a thing." The Today weather correspondent went on to say that she was starting the IVF process. "God has a plan," Dreyer said. "And I pray every night, 'Just let me stay out of your way — you do what is best for us, and we'll figure that out.'" However, days before starting IVF, her doctor called to tell her she was pregnant again — and she welcomed a baby boy in January 2020, followed by another in September 2021. 33 of 41 Pink Pink. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images In an interview with USA Today, the singer decoded the lyrics to her song "Happy" and revealed that she wrote, "Since I was 17, I've always hated my body / and it feels like my body's hated me," about a miscarriage she had as a teenager. "The reason I said [that] is because I've always had this very tomboy, very strong gymnast body, but actually at 17 I had a miscarriage," Pink told the outlet. "And I was going to have that child." "But when that happens to a woman or a young girl, you feel like your body hates you and like your body is broken, and it's not doing what it's supposed to do," she continued. Pink has had a number of miscarriages since and said she writes these songs as a way to deal with the "painful" experiences. "I think it's important to talk about what you're ashamed of, who you really are and the painful s---. I've always written that way." With husband Carey Hart, the singer is mom to daughter Willow and son Jameson. 34 of 41 Lauren Kitt Carter Lauren Kitt (right) and Nick Carter. David Livingston/Getty Before the birth of her second child, a daughter named Saoirse Reign, Carter suffered a miscarriage with another baby girl at three months. "God give us peace during this time. I really was looking forward to meeting her after 3 months. I'm heartbroken," her husband Nick tweeted on Sept. 10, 2018. Carter shared an ultrasound photo on March 8, 2019 — "what would have been her due date" — in honor of International Women's Day, praising her fellow women for being "badass." "If you are struggling to start a family or have had a loss this post is for you, you're not alone and there is always hope," she wrote. "Thankfully I have access to great Dr's and healthcare professionals but sadly many women don't so in honor of our baby girl and #internationalwomensday I am making a donation to @everymomcounts in hopes of aiding future parents from preventable illnesses and in some cases death." The pair went on to welcome their third child together, daughter Pearl, in April 2021. 35 of 41 Lauren Duggar Lauren Duggar. TLC In PEOPLE's exclusive look at Counting On, Lauren and Josiah Duggar revealed that they suffered a miscarriage in October 2018. "I wasn't feeling well," recalled Lauren. "I was cramping really, really bad, which was quite strange because I normally don't. I was thinking maybe I had something that had gluten in it. It was late at night, and I went to use the restroom, and there was the baby. Gone. I couldn't believe it, and I was hoping it wasn't true." Fortunately in August 2019, less than one year later, Lauren shared on Instagram that she was expecting again, and in November 2019, the Duggars welcomed their daughter, Bella Milagro. 36 of 41 Jade Roper Tolbert Jade Roper Tolbert and her daughter. The reality star shared in a February 2019 Instagram post that she and her now-husband Tanner had conceived while filming Bachelor in Paradise, but the couple had sadly, lost the baby. Tolbert said she had "been keeping this weight for a long time" but was ready to tell the world, as she was then-pregnant with son Brooks Easton. "Being pregnant with our second child, all these emotions have been on the surface for me," she wrote. "I just felt it was time to get it out of me and share our story and honor our baby." In November 2020, the Tolberts welcomed their third child together, a son named Reed Harrison. 37 of 41 Morgan Goodwin Morgan (right) and Marquise Goodwin. Morgan Goodwin/Instagram The professional hurdler shared with PEOPLE that she and her husband Marquise Goodwin, a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, have lost three babies, but they're still determined to become parents. "I am not giving up on creating my family. This is my purpose," said Morgan. "I feel as though one of my life's purposes is to build a family of Goodwin kids running around. I'm not going out without a fight." The couple lost their twin boys in November 2018, at 19 weeks and four days gestation. Nearly a year earlier, they lost their premature son at 19 weeks. The two also experienced a pregnancy loss after Morgan miscarried following "a slip-up" in college. "I'm going to fight until I get what I want. I believe that," Morgan added. "I believe that God is going to bless us." In February 2020, the pair welcomed their first child together: daughter Marae. 38 of 41 Claire Holt Andrew Joblon and Claire Holt. Claire Holt/Instagram In an interview with Mini magazine, the actress talked about the miscarriage she had before getting pregnant for a second time. "Our journey certainly hasn't been an easy one," the then-pregnant Holt told the outlet. She explained that, after the loss, "I felt broken and ashamed. Because I experienced such intense grief, I found it very difficult to process things and move on." "The miscarriage was the most difficult thing I had ever faced, but it brought my husband and I so much closer and we have really grown as a result of it," Holt said. "We are also so much more grateful for the little boy we are about to welcome into our lives." Since the interview, Holt and her husband Andrew Joblon have welcomed a son named James. 39 of 41 Beverley Mitchell Beverly Mitchell and her husband Michael Cameron. Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images In an emotional Thanksgiving Day 2018 blog post. the actress shared that she had learned she was pregnant with twins, but a few weeks later, "our new dream of our growing family came crashing down; we had a miscarriage." "My heart could not make sense of it," she wrote. "I never really considered that I would miscarry being that I had already had two healthy pregnancies. This was my misconception, you see, I didn't know much about miscarriages and I didn't know many people who had miscarried, or so I thought." She pointed out, "Most people who are sharing their story, we aren't looking for anything, just the opportunity to share their story. It is with sharing it that the healing begins, the acceptance that it happened. It is when you ignore it or pretend that it never happened that you cause more pain. Dismissing it almost makes it worse." "We still have dreams of growing our family but now more than ever, I look at Kenzie, Hutton and Michael and just feel full," Mitchell continued. "If we are blessed with more children they will fill us with more love, but for now, I look at my family and I am GRATEFUL, BLESSED and THANKFUL." She welcomed a healthy baby girl in July 2020. 40 of 41 Jana Kramer Jana Kramer. John Shearer/Getty Images The country singer — who has daughter Jolie and son Jace with ex-husband Mike Caussin — got candid about how she's coped with experiencing multiple miscarriages in an emotional Instagram post from February 2019. "A year ago today, I got the news that I had yet again another miscarriage," Kramer, who has had a total of five losses, began. "It was after an IVF cycle. The embryo was a boy and it was the last embryo we had." "I was devastated. I felt like I failed as a [woman], and as a wife. IVF wasn't an option again because it's too expensive so I felt defeated," she continued. "To all the [women] out there who have suffered miscarriages and [are] still waiting for your rainbow baby, you are not alone," she finished. "And I know nothing I say will make the yearning or pain any better but if anything know you're not alone and that I was in the same spot a year ago. I pray you will see your silver lining too." 41 of 41 Teddi Mellencamp Teddi Mellencamp and husband Edwin Arroyave attend Premiere of Paramount Network's "American Woman". Presley Ann/Getty During a social media Q&A with fans in November 2018, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star said that although she would like to have more children, it likely won't happen. "Are you going to have another cute adorable happy sweet child?" a fan asked. "I would love to more than anything. Most likely no though," Mellencamp wrote on her Instagram Story. "I had multiple miscarriages before Cruz and the IVF process was very hard for me and I am not sure I can go through it again." However, the star added that she feels "very blessed with the kiddos" she shares with husband Edwin Arroyave. In addition to their son Cruz, the couple are parents to daughter Slate, while Arroyave is also a father to daughter Isabella from a previous relationship. In the fall of 2019, however, Mellencamp was surprised to learn she and Arroyave were expecting again — this time, naturally. They welcomed a daughter in February 2020.