After a week of speculation, Hilaria Baldwin says she suffered a miscarriage in her first trimester.
“There was no heartbeat today at my scan…so it’s over..,” she said on Instagram.
Last week, Baldwin, a fitness guru and the wife of Alec Baldwin, shared her personal story about how she was “most likely experiencing a miscarriage.”
“I have no shame or embarrassment with this experience,” Baldwin wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”
Baldwin said she wanted to share what she’s going through because it’s what she’s told her followers she would do: be real and honest.
Her story is highlighting an experience many women can relate to.
Here are some other stories about people, like Baldwin, who have joined the conversation to dispel the stigmas around miscarriages.
Miscarriage holds the unusual position of being both very common and routinely avoided in polite conversation. Social media posts, like Baldwin’s, have helped break down the silence and misunderstandings around miscarriages.
CNN’s senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen writes about her experience with pregnancy loss after Mark Zuckerberg shared his and his wife’s experiences with repeated miscarriages.
It took the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code years to start talking publicly about her fertility struggles because she worried about what those failed pregnancies said about her. She writes that’s why the perfection trap has got to go.