Kate Beckinsale Just Revealed She Also Suffered A Pregnancy Loss At 20 Weeks

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From Women's Health

  • Kate Beckinsale revealed on Instagram that she lost a pregnancy at 20 weeks.

  • She posted her story after noticing criticism of Chrissy Teigen's decision to share photos of her own loss.

  • The actress said she "collapsed inside" after her loss.

Yesterday, Chrissy Teigen shared a series of emotional Instagram photos taken in the hospital following the loss of her and husband John Legend's third child, Jack. In the last 24 hours, the family has received an outpouring of support from women and families on social media who have also lost pregnancies. Actress Kate Beckinsdale is the latest to speak out about her experience.

"I’ve noticed people criticizing @chrissyteigen for sharing deeply intimate photos of the loss of her baby. As if there’s some protocol during soul-scouring calamity that, if not observed, emboldens people who do not know her or her family to say how she should be handling the unimaginable," Kate wrote on Instagram. "Years ago, I lost a baby at 20 weeks. I had managed to keep my pregnancy quiet and I absolutely collapsed inside and no one would have known."

"There is grief, shame and shock so often that come with an experience like this, plus the heartbreak of your body continuing, after the loss, to act as if it had a child to nurture. Your milk comes in, with no one to feed," Kate continued. "It can be the loneliest, most soul destroying period of time, particularly if you are not in the position of having an emotionally connected, supportive partner like Chrissy has."

Along with the message, Kate shared a photo of a handwritten message from @allontheboard, a social media account whose creators write inspirational messages on whiteboards in the London public transportation system.

She applauded Chrissy for raising public awareness about miscarriages, since so many women suffer them in private.

"I think it’s an honour to be allowed into another persons grief, especially with a subject like this which so often puts a woman into that hall of mirrors state of life continuing as if the world hasn’t, for you ,come to a bloody and terrible halt," she said. "Sending so much love to the Legend family, but also so much to the women and couples who have kept it quiet and suffered. I know there are so many. Thank you @chrissyteigen for making sure it is abundantly clear how devastating this is, and how life changing it can be without support. Let’s let the grieving decide what’s right for them. Send support or keep quiet."

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I’ve noticed people criticizing @chrissyteigen for sharing deeply intimate photos of the loss of her baby. As if there’s some protocol during soul-scouring calamity that, if not observed, emboldens people who do not know her or her family to say how she should be handling the unimaginable. Years ago, I lost a baby at 20 weeks. I had managed to keep my pregnancy quiet and I absolutely collapsed inside and no one would have known. There is grief, shame and shock so often that come with an experience like this, plus the heartbreak of your body continuing, after the loss, to act as if it had a child to nurture. Your milk comes in, with no one to feed. It can be the loneliest, most soul destroying period of time, particularly if you are not in the position of having an emotionally connected, supportive partner like Chrissy has. I think it’s an honour to be allowed into another persons grief, especially with a subject like this which so often puts a woman into that hall of mirrors state of life continuing as if the world hasn’t, for you ,come to a bloody and terrible halt. Sending so much love to the Legend family, but also so much to the women and couples who have kept it quiet and suffered. I know there are so many. Thank you @chrissyteigen for making sure it is abundantly clear how devastating this is, and how life changing it can be without support. Let’s let the grieving decide what’s right for them. Send support or keep quiet . This is a really hard time to bear .Blessings and hugs to all x

A post shared by Kate Beckinsale (@katebeckinsale) on Oct 2, 2020 at 4:16am PDT

Chrissy had originally been placed on bedrest while pregnant, and then went to the emergency room following excessive bleeding in her placenta earlier this week.

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