Shawn Johnson Reveals Miscarriage In Emotional Video, Says She's 'Still Optimistic For What Is Next'

"We feel like a lot of people go through this, so we wanted to share it."

Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, affecting 10 to 25 percent of all clinically recognized pregnancies. Despite this, it is still often considered a taboo subject with many people hesitant to talk about it. This causes those who experience miscarriages to feel alone and shamed, which is why there are campaigns and individuals speaking out to create a dialogue about prenatal loss.

October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and we've already seen Melissa Rauch and Glamour team up for a PSA discussing pregnancy and infant loss. Furthermore, the creator of the #IHadAMiscarriage campaign, Dr. Jessica Zucker, recently launched a new chapter in the campaign encouraging people to discuss early pregnancies.


On October 21, Shawn Johnson shared her personal story about how she and her husband, Andrew East, experienced a miscarriage.

The retired Olympic gymnast posted a YouTube video entitled "Pregnancy + Heartbreak." In the caption, she explains, "The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life. My husband Andrew and I found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant, only to find out hours later some tragic news."

Johnson continued, "I have been crying more than I ever have, but am still optimistic for what is next. Thanks to our fans, friends, and family, and Dr Goldberg for all the love and support."

At the beginning of the video, the former gymnast explains that it's a sensitive video and not the happiest. She elaborates, "We feel like a lot of people go through this, so we wanted to share it." 

The video flashes back to Johnson taking at-home pregnancy tests and her excitement of telling her husband that they are going to be parents. Though it was an unplanned pregnancy, the couple were thrilled. Sadly, when they visit the doctor after Johnson has stomach pains, they find out that she has miscarried naturally at six weeks. The ultrasound showed bleeding in her uterus and no gestational sac.

The doctor tells the couple afterward in their office that he wants to emphasize two things. One, "miscarriages happen a lot." The second was they did nothing wrong with things such as their activity levels, medicines, proximity to people who are smoking, etc. He says there's no blaming each other because the likely cause of the miscarriage was abnormalities in chromosomes. 

At the end of the video, the couple share their thoughts about the miscarriage. East says to his wife, "We've grown through this and I cannot emphasize enough how proud I am of you and how strong you are."

In only a few days, the post has received more than 1.5 million views. Johnson and East posted a follow-up video on Facebook thanking everyone for their support.

They took questions from fans, read comments, and promised they would keep everyone updated with their story.

Johnson later wrote on Instagram to her husband, "I love you more than anything in this world and I know you are going to make the greatest Daddy in the world someday. Thank you for being my rock through all of this."

If you, or someone you know, is coping with a miscarriage, please find resources here and here.

(H/T: Today)


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