Content warning: This post discusses miscarriage.
Miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support service SANDS tell us “up to 1 in 4 confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks, but many other women miscarry without having realised they are pregnant.”
Some very high-profile types have spoken out about enduring miscarriage, in the hopes that it might help others work through their own losses – and realise that this experience does not discriminate.
Mum-of-three Beyonce spoke out about her miscarriage several years ago, revealing how acutely painful the loss was.
"About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time," Beyoncé said in the 2013 HBO documentary Life Is But a Dream. "And I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names, I envisioned what my child would look like. . . I was feeling very maternal. I flew back to New York to get my check up—and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat."
"I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I've ever written in my life," she said. "And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through."