Baldwin, 35, who has been married to actor Alec Baldwin since 2012, is pregnant with the couple’s fifth child. However, she explained in the post that while the embryo still has a heartbeat, it is very weak and not growing properly. She explained that the pregnancy could still be viable, though the chances are very slim.
The yoga instructor said she decided to make her struggles public because she has always been open about her fitness, pregnancies, and private life on social media, which prompted her to share her experience to help raise awareness and decrease the stigma often associated with miscarriages, she said in the post. Baldwin wants her followers to know that she is not in the least bit embarrassed or ashamed of what she is going through.
The fitness guru made a promise to herself that she would want to share the news about another pregnancy early on because the first trimester is often shrouded in secrecy, which can put a burden on women that she finds exhausting.
“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,” she opened up.
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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.
Baldwin paired her candid message with a photo of herself posing in front of the mirror in underwear as she softly places her right hand on her lower abdomen. She has a serious yet brave facial expression that perfectly captures the emotions she offered in her caption. She added that her husband and “four very healthy babies” are helping her get through the somber experience by showing her that life is beautiful, even if dotted with some dark moments.
Fans of the yoga instructor used the opportunity to send Baldwin their thoughts and prayers, as well as to thank her for helping fight the stigma and burden so many women face, often alone.
“You don’t know what it means to see this. Thank you! I hope your family finds peace regardless of the outcome,” one Instagram user wrote.
The news comes just a day after Alec Baldwin spoke with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show on April 3, which also marked his 61st birthday, according to Too Fab. Alec Baldwin told Fallon that he and his wife would like to have another child, news that surprised the show host, the report pointed out.
“We would have another one,” the actor said. “We always say when the baby comes, you look at the baby and you’re like, how can we– What are we gonna do? Send it back? You know, we always think, this is perfect.”