Chrissy Teigen’s openness about her miscarriage can help other women dealing with loss
October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Prevention Month. It comes just as supermodel and author Chrissy Teigen announced that she suffered a miscarriage.
Some experts say that Teigen’s candidness about her loss is inspiring women in New Jersey and beyond.
“I think the most important thing about making such an issue more public is it brings awareness that something that is so painful and so private and not something everyone understands,” says Dr. Maria Constantini-Ferrando.
In a post shared on social media, Teigen and husband John Legend announced that they lost their third baby, who they had called Jack. The post states, “We are shocked and in the kind of keep pain you only hear about.”
“People are aware of the idea of death, losing a child. But they don’t to the same impact as losing the hope of a child,” Constantini-Ferrando says.
Constantini-Ferrando says that the famous family sharing their experiences openly will help many couples who are suffering silently. She says that it will help them feel as if they are not alone.
Health experts say that 10-15% of pregnancies result in miscarriages, which can have a profound psychological impact on the couple.
“You have the right to be sad. Don’t feel bad about being sad. Embrace it as a natural part of healing,” Constantini-Ferrando says.
She also says most importantly, parents shouldn’t lose faith, and that many women who suffer miscarriages go on to have happy and healthy children.