Gwyneth Paltrow's Secret Heartache: I Had a MiscarriageShana Aborn
As public as stars’ lives are, there are some aspects of their personal selves that they just don’t choose to share with the world – sometimes for years, sometimes forever. Whether it’s a troubled marriage or a serious illness, celebs prefer to deal with their heartache privately as long as possible.
Gwyneth Paltrow has been keeping one such painful secret, but in the Sunday edition of the London Daily Mail, the mom of two reveals that she suffered a miscarriage.
“My children ask me to have a baby all the time. And you never know, I could squeeze one more in,” she says. “I am missing my third. I’m thinking about it.
“But I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third,” she explains. “It didn’t work out and I nearly died. So I’m like, ‘Are we good here or should we go back and try again?’ ”
Gwyneth doesn’t elaborate on the complications, but according to WebMD, the most serious problems that can develop following a miscarriage are excessive bleeding, infection and shock (a life-threatening condition caused by sudden loss of fluid to the organs).
Nor does she explain when the loss occurred, though it’s a good guess that it happened a few years ago. (Her younger child, Moses, will be seven next month.) It takes time to grieve a baby loss; Gwyneth’s best friend Beyonce only recently opened up about the lost pregnancy she had before Blue Ivy was born.
But by sharing this part of her personal history, perhaps Gwyneth will help other grieving mothers take comfort in knowing they’re not alone.
We applaud her courage and wish her continued healing.
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