Binky Felstead has revealed she suffered a miscarriage earlier this year.
The Made In Chelsea star, 30, was expecting her second child – her first with fiancé Max Darnton – but sadly miscarried at the 12 week mark, leaving the couple ‘heartbroken’.
‘Heartbroken’: Binky Felstead has revealed she suffered a miscarriage earlier this year. The Made In Chelsea star, 30, was expecting her second child – her first with fiancé Max Darnton – but sadly miscarried at the 12 week mark
She wrote: ‘I’ve thought long and hard about doing this post, but I felt that if I can pass on any warmth, comfort or help to anybody in the same position – well that would be great. It’s only fair that I share some of my “downs” as well as my “up” moments.
‘Today would have been my 18 week mark, but sadly we had an early miscarriage just before 12 weeks. Not only was this heartbreaking for us, but it also came as such a shock to me.
‘I hadn’t realised until then how blessed I was with having such a relatively straight forward pregnancy with India – I’ll admit I was naive enough to assume the next one would be as straightforward, but I had two early scans as I was concerned I was bleeding. They found a ‘very strong’ heartbeat. However, on the third scan I was told ‘I’m afraid there’s no heartbeat’.
‘I was told by my doctor that 1 in 4 pregnancies miscarry (not that statistics make it any easier!) With 82% of my following being women – that means roughly 237,800 women “following” me could (or have) experienced the same, which is just so sad.
She wrote: ‘I’ve thought long and hard about doing this post, but I felt that if I can pass on any warmth, comfort or help to anybody in the same position – well that would be great. It’s only fair that I share some of my “downs” as well as my “up” moments’
Binky – who already shares daughter India , three, with her ex Josh Patterson – took to Instagram on Monday evening to post an emotional message to her followers
‘When speaking to a few close friends about our situation, we learned that some of them too have had miscarriages in the past. I asked them why they’ve never said anything, and they just said they felt they couldn’t, or shouldn’t talk about it. Almost like it’s a taboo subject, which is heartbreaking.
‘If you have been through this, I hope you are giving yourself time to mentally and physically heal and do what you need. I keep reminding myself that there was nothing I could have done, and perhaps this was nature’s way of saying that for whatever reason, this little soul wasn’t ready for the world. Sending so so much love .
‘I later learned that @miscarriageassociation is available to help anyone who has/is experiencing this. It’s a national charity that provides support and information for anyone who’s affected by miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, this includes both women and men.
‘You can call their helpline or talk to them on live chat or even message them on Instagram, and they will do whatever they can to help you through.’
Support: Binky’s MIC co-star Louise Thompson replied with a string of hearts
Binky’s MIC co-star Louise Thompson replied with a string of hearts.
How at least one in six pregnancies ends in a miscarriage
One in six pregnancies in women who know they are pregnant become miscarriages.
But even more happen among women who don’t know they have conceived.
Miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy is lost within the first 23 weeks after conception.
The main symptoms are bleeding from the vagina, which may be accompanied by lower abdominal pain.
There are various reasons women may have a miscarriage – it is common and is not usually caused by something they have done.
If a miscarriage happens in the second trimester – between weeks 14 and 26 – it may be a sign of an underlying problem.
Often, miscarriages are isolated events and women will go on to have successful pregnancies.
The majority of miscarriages can’t be prevented, although being generally healthy will help reduce the risk.
Losing three or more pregnancies in a row – known as recurrent miscarriages – is uncommon but still affects around one in 100 women.
The honest post comes as several other stars have opened up about their experiences with miscarriage in recent weeks.
Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend shared the news of their recent loss publicly, prompting praise from actress Kate Beckinsale, who spoke candidly about how she was forced to deal with her own experience privately.
Rugby player Danny Cipriani also revealed his fiancée Victoria Rose tragically lost their baby when she was 24 weeks pregnant.
He said how he was excited to become a father and that he and mental health campaigner Victoria, 39, had named their baby boy River in an emotional Instagram post last Tuesday.
The sportsman wrote: ‘At 24 weeks we lost River, our son. Was and is always going to be difficult, but we supported each other through it and found our love grew and got strong.’
If you have been affected by this story, you can seek advice at www.miscarriageassociation.org.uk or by calling 01924 200 799.