Myleene Klass has opened up on suffering four miscarriages, describing her losses as ‘traumatic’.
The 42-year-old has three children; daughters Ava, 13, and Hero, nine, with her ex Graham Quinn, and one-year-old son Apollo with fiancé Simon Motson.
Marking Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, the former Hear’Say star has spoken out about going through four pregnancy losses, in the hope that she can provide assurance to others who have experienced the same thing, and thanked Chrissy Teigen – who spoke about her own pregnancy loss on social media – for giving her the courage to do so.
Myleene wrote: ‘On national babyloss-miscarriage day, @chrissyteigen gave me the courage to write.I am Mama to 7 babies, Ava, Hero, Apollo my rainbow baby and 4 little stars in the sky. I know after my own MC’s how I scoured the internet for stories similar to mine for peace, reassurance. I hope this helps even one lost soul.’
The singer explained the circumstances behind each of her miscarriages, saying the first occurred when she was flying home for a dilatation and curettage procedure.
She wrote: ‘#1.At the airport, flying home for a D&C. I’d started bleeding heavily at 10wks on holiday. The scan was the saddest sight I’ve ever seen in my life. The first and last time I saw my baby. As the doctor pushed the camera on my belly, the familiar black and blue image of my baby sprung onto the screen, then started to sink and slowly floated down, til it just hunched over. I knew. ‘I’m sorry there’s no heartbeat’. The feeling is nothing short of traumatic, shock.
‘At my D&C I was asked to confirm the procedure. I cried so hard the nurse held my hand and answered for me. They taped my bracelet to my wrist, two gold swallows. It made me sob. Swallows love for life and always come home. I told the anaesthetist to please make sure I wake up as I’m a mum then I cried again at what they were going to take out. I woke to emptiness and the horror of what had happened.I felt I’d failed my baby and my partner.’
Myleene said that her second miscarriage and the resulting D&C – a procedure which removes tissue from the womb after a miscarriage or abortion to prevent infection – were even more traumatic.
She wrote: ‘#2.The second time was worse if that’s possible, I thought I’d had my ‘1 in 4’ experience.This time, the baby had stopped growing at 10wks, completely unrelated to the first MC ‘so it’s just bad luck’. I didn’t take my eyes off the fire alarm on the ceiling, lest I break completely.
‘Walking past the pregnant women in reception was torture. This D&C was no less traumatic. In fact, the familiarity of it cut deeper. The ‘wishes to dispose of the products of pregnancy’ form, the walking to theatre, the ugly socks. Having everything one minute, a name, a school, then nothing.
‘The third, I miscarried at work.The fourth, the loo.Whilst I could get pregnant, there was no explanation for why I couldn’t keep them.’
The miscarriages occurred after Myleene had welcomed her daughters.
Thankfully, Apollo was safely born in August 2019.
Myleene said: ‘The Dr’s took no chances with Apollo. I injected countless, endless hormones into my belly to keep my placenta working. He signifies everything good in the world to me, my miracle.
‘To my friends and Mamas who have experienced this, you are the strongest women I know. Thinking of you today.’
The radio presenter accompanied her post with two pictures of herself with a small baby bump.
The star’s friends and fans shared their well wishes in the comments section and thanked her for sharing her story.
Myleene also shared her post to her Instagram story and wrote: ‘This would have given me the hope and peace I needed over the past few years… hope it helps you today if you need it.’
She thanked friends Amanda Holden, Lauren Laverne, Pippa Nightingale, Hanah Ovenstone, Vanesa Guallar and Severine Berman for ‘holding and keeping me together’.
An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and around one in 100 women in the UK experience recurrent miscarriages (three or more in a row).
More than six in 10 women who have recurrent miscarriages go on to have a successful pregnancy.
Sands UK charity
Sands UK is a stillbirth and neonatal death charity, which works to reduce the number of babies dying and to ensure that those affected by the loss of a baby receives the best possible care for as long as they need it.
The charity aims to better understand the causes of baby deaths and works with governments and other organisations to raise awareness of issues surrounding baby loss.
Sands provides bereavement support at a local and national level.
Please visit the Sands UK website for more information and contact details.
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