Chrissy Teigen has revealed that her late son Jack’s passing in September 2020 was the result of a life-saving abortion, not a miscarriage as she originally stated.
The wife of John Legend, 36, explained that she made the ‘difficult decision’ to terminate the pregnancy at 20 weeks after coming to terms with the fact that she nor Jack would likely survive.
‘Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion. An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never, ever put that together until, actually, a few months ago,’ confessed Chrissy, according to THR.
The couple had previously said that Jack died as a result of complications caused by a partial placental abruption, which is when the placenta detaches from the womb depriving the baby of oxygen and causing heavy bleeding in the mother.
Explanation: Chrissy Teigen has revealed that her late son Jack’s passing in September 2020 was the result of a life-saving abortion, not a miscarriage as she originally stated; Chrissy seen in March
Chrissy is currently pregnant with her and John’s fourth child. They share daughter Luna Simone, six, and son Miles Theodore, four.
She spoke candidly about coming to terms with her 2020 abortion while appearing at Propper Daley’s ‘A Day of Unreasonable Conversation’ summit on Thursday in Beverly Hills.
‘Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John and my third child, I had to make a lot of difficult and heartbreaking decisions,’ the star began.
‘It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn’t either without any medical intervention.’
‘Difficult decision’: The wife of John Legend, 36, explained that she made the ‘difficult decision’ to terminate the pregnancy at 20 weeks after coming to terms with the fact that she nor Jack would likely survive
‘Let’s just call it what it was: It was an abortion. An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never, ever put that together until, actually, a few months ago,’ confessed Chrissy, according to THR
Although she’d long considered Jack’s death a miscarriage, Chrissy said that it was her husband John who helped her realize that she’d actually had an abortion.
The revelation came amid the shocking Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, which protected the right to an abortion, this past June.
Chrissy admitted that it came as a ‘shock’ to her.
‘I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn’t made sense of it that way. I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage.
‘And I became really frustrated that I didn’t, in the first place, say what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to actually understand that we had had an abortion,’ she admitted.
Expecting: Chrissy is currently pregnant with her and John’s fourth child
Family: They share daughter Luna Simone, six, and son Miles Theodore, four; the family seen in April
In the final weeks of her pregnancy with Jack, Chrissy used Instagram to report on her concerning complications.
Specifically, the Cravings founder was experiencing uncontrollable bleeding. She was forced to wear adult diapers and was put on bed rest.
On September 30, 2020, Chrissy returned to the platform to report that doctors were unable to get her bleeding under control despite multiple blood transfusions.
‘We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough,’ she penned, before revealing that Jack did not survive.
‘To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you,’ read another portion of Chrissy’s post.
Along with her heartbreaking text, Chrissy included a slideshow of black-and-white photos of herself in a hospital bed as she and John grieved their child.
One shot showed the couple crying and cradling their deceased son, while another featured a distraught Chrissy sitting on the edge of her hospital bed with tears streaming down her face.
Heartbreaking: On September 30, 2020, Chrissy returned to the platform to report that doctors were unable to get her bleeding under control despite multiple blood transfusions
Not long afterwards, she revealed she would be unable to carry a child again, writing on Instagram: ‘I love being pregnant, so so much, and I’m sad I never will be again.’
In a blog post published to Medium in October 2020, Chrissy described how the partial placental abruption dramatically changed the course of her pregnancy.
‘At this point I had already come to terms with what would happen: I would have an epidural and be induced to deliver our 20 week old, a boy that would have never survived in my belly (please excuse these simple terms),’ she penned.
In another excerpt she recalled the moment that the doctor told her that Jack would not survive and that the pregnancy was also putting her own life in danger.
‘After a couple nights at the hospital, my doctor told me exactly what I knew was coming — it was time to say goodbye. He just wouldn’t survive this, and if it went on any longer, I might not either.’
In honor of Jack, Chrissy and John planted a tree in their house for him in Thai tradition.
‘It’s important for us in Thai tradition that we always embrace the ones we’ve lost, and they’re never, ever gone.
‘This tree being planted inside the home, the whole reason why I wanted it was so Jack’s ashes could be in that soil and he could be with us all the time and grow through the beautiful leaves in this tree,’ she said.
Earlier this year, Chrissy informed fans that she was undergoing IVF treatment — despite previously claiming she would not be able to conceive again.
She completed the treatment in March and by August, the couple confirmed that they were expecting their fourth child together.
Miracle: She completed the treatment in March and by August, the couple confirmed that they were expecting their fourth child together
‘It’s been very hard keeping this in for so long!’ she exclaimed in a pregnancy announcement post shared to Instagram in early August
Why abortions can be life-saving
Abortions are usually carried out because women don’t want to have a baby, either because their pregnancy was unplanned or unwanted.
They differ to miscarriages, which are unintentional and occur during the first 23 weeks of gestation.
However, in some cases abortions are an emergency procedure that is needed to save the life of the mother.
In England, Scotland and Wales, where a woman’s life is at risk or the baby has a severe disability, there is no time limit on access to abortion, under the 1967 Abortion Act.
Conditions that may qualify include serious infections and severe cases of pre-eclampsia, in which a woman develops very high blood pressure and is at risk for stroke.
Another reason it can be needed is for placental abruption, which is when the placenta detaches from the womb depriving the baby of oxygen and causing heavy bleeding in the mother.
But under the same act, if there is no risk present, women are only able to legally terminate a pregnancy up to the 23-week mark.
The abortion is considered legal if performed by a doctor, authorised by two doctors acting ‘in good faith’, and meets at least one qualifying factor.
In US it is a different picture following the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn the Roe v Wade ruling.
That highly controversial move ended American women’s legal right to have abortions and left it up to individual states to decide if they are lawful.
Two dozen conservative states either already have or are considered likely to introduce new abortion restrictions or bans.
This includes Georgia, which bans abortion at about six weeks of pregnancy — before many women even know they are pregnant.