Women who have to endure the loss of a pregnancy should know that they are not alone. They should be able to speak and grieve openly, if they choose, and not be bombarded with questions asking why they would want to share something so heartbreaking.
Last week, cookbook author Chrissy Teigen shared photos of her and her husband, singer John Legend, saying goodbye to their son, Jack, who they lost roughly halfway through Teigen’s third pregnancy. The emotionally raw photos are hard to look at, but it is so important that people do.
The Power of Chrissy Teigen, Joy-Anna Duggar, and Others Sharing Photos of Their Deceased Children
According to March for Dimes, “for women who know they’re pregnant, 10 to 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage.” It is reported that “most miscarriages happen in the first trimester before the 12th week of pregnancy. Miscarriage in the second trimester—between 13 and 19 weeks—happens in 1 to 5 percent of pregnancies.”
And because some women can miscarry before they even know they are pregnant, March of Dimes reports that “as many as half of all pregnancies may end in miscarriage.” And that is why these moments of vulnerability shown by women like Teigen, Joy-Anna Forsyth, or Kara Bosworth is so powerful.
These are moments in life that happen and can happen to any one woman. They are difficult and messy and should never be something women have to deal with emotionally alone or in the dark.
By these women sharing their most vulnerable moments with their large social media followings, they are giving millions of others permission to do the same. They are telling women it’s okay to talk about what they are going through because others have been through it or are going through it too.
Miscarriage or losing a child should not be taboo. These women who endure such trials should be given time to deal with these moments in their own way and without judgment. To those who have endured the loss of a child, there is no one way to handle a situation like that and you don’t have to weather the storm alone if you don’t want to.
Sara Vallone has been a writer and editor for the last four and a half years. A graduate of Ohio University, she enjoys celebrity news, sports, and articles that enhance people’s lives.