Hilaria Baldwin is speaking openly about potentially losing the baby she is carrying in the hope of destigmatising miscarriage.
Baldwin, who has four children with husband Alec, is currently expecting the couple’s fifth child together; the actor is also father to 23-year-old daughter Ireland Baldwin, from his previous marriage to Kim Basinger.
But, in a raw and breathtakingly honest post shared on Thursday, the 35-year-old wellness author announced that the pregnancy is at risk because the baby’s heartbeat “isn’t strong” and “the baby isn’t growing much.”
“I want to share with you that I am most likely experiencing a miscarriage,” Baldwin wrote alongside a photo of herself in her underwear, showing off her bump.
“I always promised myself that if I were to get pregnant again, I would share the news with you guys pretty early, even if that means suffering a public loss…. I don’t want to keep this from you, just because it isn’t as positive and shiny as the rest.
“I think it’s important to show the truth … because my job is to help people by being real and open. Furthermore, I have no shame or embarrassment with this experience. I want to be a part of the effort to normalise miscarriage and remove the stigma from it.”
She said that the secrecy around the first trimester of pregnancy can be exhausting, especially when you, “have to pretend that everything is just fine — and it truly isn’t”.
“So, this is what is going on now: The embryo has a heartbeat, but it isn’t strong, and the baby isn’t growing very much. So we wait — and this is hard,” she said.
“So much uncertainty… but the chances are very, very small that this is a viable pregnancy. I have complete confidence that my family and I will get through this, even if the journey is difficult.”
Baldwin ended her emotional post with a plea for kindness.
“In your comments, please be kind,” she wrote. “I’m feeling a bit fragile and I need support. I’m hoping, that by sharing this, I can contribute to raising awareness about this sensitive topic.”
Her followers obliged, offering words of comfort while praising her candour.
“You don’t know what it means to see this,” read one comment. “Thank you! I hope your family finds peace regardless of the outcome.”
“So glad you’re sharing — women shouldn’t feel like they can’t share about miscarriage,” added a commenter. “That is when they need the most support.”
“Sincerely, thank you,” one woman wrote. “I’ve been struggling to find closure in my third miscarriage, but today your words help. My two healthy boys help me, but knowing you aren’t alone sometimes makes all the differences. Sending you love.”
“You are an amazing and strong woman,” another fan wrote. “You are brave, kind, and empathetic. Thank you for sharing your life and family. Prayers are with you all.”
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