A week ago, Hilaria Baldwin, mom of four with husband Alec Baldwin, took to Instagram to share an image of herself cradling her stomach to touch on her early pregnancy possibly ending in a loss.
“I want to share with you that I am most likely experiencing a miscarriage,” Baldwin wrote on April 4th, “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.”
She then further explained why she decided to share her potential miscarriage with her Instagram followers.
“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 find it to be exhausting. I’m nauseous, tired, and 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.”
Baldwin then painted a picture of what was going on inside of her body.
“[T]he 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.”
Unfortunately, Baldwin’s words came true when almost a week later she posted about her devastating loss on Instagram.
“There was no heartbeat today at my scan…so it’s over,” she wrote on April 9th, sharing a photo of her, her husband, and four kids. “But I have some pretty strong and amazing heartbeats right here. I am surrounded by such love and I feel so fortunate.”
Baldwin’s honest Instagram posts touched many and caused others to share their own stories in the comments. One user talked about losing twins and a son while another spoke about the pain of miscarrying years ago still affecting her till this day. These are just a couple of examples among the many opening up about their experiences.
Sad to say, some commenters felt this was too personal to share and that it should be kept to herself. But Baldwin went on the “Today” show and dropped some more knowledge on the importance of sharing her experience.
“This is something I’ve never gone through before. And women came on my Instagram, stopped me on the street and gave me such wisdom, you know? This isn’t about me. This is about all of us.”
Baldwin’s posts and television appearance did what she intended, to start a dialogue about miscarriages. Which is important, since according to the Mayo Clinic “about 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage.”
That percentage might even be higher because many women don’t even realize they’re pregnant when they miscarry early on.
Baldwin closed out her Instagram post with a strong message and reminder for all. “We are stronger together…I hope this conversation continues to grow and that we stick together through both the beautiful and challenging moments in life.”