7 Celebrity Parents Who Opened Up About Their Miscarriages

A pregnancy loss can be detrimental and make you feel alone, but estimates say 10 to 25 percent of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage. These seven brave celebrities shared their struggles with fertility, their difficult losses and how they've kept hope alive.

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Jaime King

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Jaime King

After actress Jaime King gave birth to her son, James Knight in October of 2013, she decided to inspire other women to not feel so alone in their struggles with pregnancies. She posted her story on Instagram (which was ultimately removed), where she discussed an eight-year struggle with undiagnosed PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and endometriosis. She then continued to reveal that she suffered five severe ectopic miscarriages, five rounds of IVF and 26 IUIs, and then four and a half years of trying to get pregnant. Why did she decide to share her story? Maybe her hashtags are a glimpse: #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers and #realtalkthatterrifiesus.

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Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg

When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced their pregnancy via Zuckerberg's public page, it was a joyous occasion. But instead of releasing a traditional statement, Zuckerberg detailed the couple's journey to a healthy pregnancy. "You feel so hopeful when you learn you're going to have a child. You start imagining who they'll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they're gone. It's a lonely experience," he continued. "Most people don't discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you, as if you're defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own."

Zuckerberg then encouraged others to come forward—and many of his 33 million followers did in the comment section—by saying, "In today's open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn't distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope."

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Beyoncé

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Beyoncé

In her HBO documentary, 'Life is But a Dream' Beyoncé discussed the miscarriage she suffered before giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy. "About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time and I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names, I envisioned what my child would look like... I was feeling very maternal," she said. "I flew back to New York to get my check up—and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat. I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I've ever written in my life [called 'Heartbeat']. And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through."

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Lily Allen

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Lily Allen

Singer Lily Allen has been very honest about her struggles with miscarriage and even a detrimental stillbirth, which she said almost killed her. Speaking about the stillbirth of a baby boy at six months, she told The Sun, "It was horrendous and something I would not wish on my worst enemy. It's something that I still haven't dealt with. I never will get over it. I have dealt with it, you know, as being at one with it. But it's not something that you get over. I held my child and it was really horrific and painful—one of the hardest things that can happen to a person." Now, Allen and her husband, Sam Cooper, have two daughters—Ethel and Marnie—but she still thinks of her first child, and with a silver lining, the experience has brought her family closer: "I just think that he's a part of my eldest really. If he hadn't died, it wouldn't have physically been possible for our eldest to be alive because I got pregnant with her so quickly," she said. "We've got a little stone in our garden with his name on. And lots of different things that I do, rituals, I have him in my mind. My husband and I shared this horrible thing together but it kind of brought us closer."

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Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow

After having two healthy children, Gwyneth Paltrow told YOU magazine about her third pregnancy, which ended in miscarriage. "My children ask me to have a baby all the time," she said. "And you never know, I could squeeze one more in. I am missing my third. I'm thinking about it. But I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn't work out and I nearly died. So I am like, 'Are we good here or should we go back and try again?'''

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Brooke Shields

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Brooke Shields

Model and actress Brooke Shields wrote about her miscarriage in her book, In Down Came the Rain. While waiting to go on stage to perform with Muppets characters, she received a call from her doctor that she had miscarried. She said, "We were just crushed. Up until then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work." I did eventually work out and Shields has two children, Rowan and Grier.

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Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman

In a cryptic and revealing interview with Vanity Fair, Nicole Kidman discussed her miscarriage with then-husband, Tom Cruise. "From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies," she said. "And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that's when we would adopt [daughter] Bella." When asked to continue about the experience and her marriage and divorce with Cruise, she said, "There's a complicated background to that, given that I never speak much about many things. One day maybe that story will be told." Though Kidman and Cruise did divorce after 10 years of marriage, they adopted two children—Isabella and Connor.

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