One in four pregnant women in Australia will suffer a miscarriage. You wouldn't know that the rates are this high because women are often forced to suffer the devastating loss of a pregnancy in silence.
These are the celebrities who have shared their stories in an attempt to tackle the taboo around infertility and pregnancy loss.
In 2013, Beyonce produced an autobiographical HBO documentary called Life Is But A Dream. In an interview for the documentary, the Formation singer revealed that she and husband Jay Z had suffered a miscarriage. Queen Bey explained: “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 flew back to New York to get my check up and…no heartbeat." The songstress now has three children, Blue Ivy Carter and twins Rumi and Sir Carter.
Back in 2010, Pink opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about her issues with pregnancy loss, stating: "I have had a miscarriage before." The So What? singer revealed that she and husband Carey Hart had lost a planned pregnancy. The couple now have two children together - Willow Sage Hart and Jameson Moon Hart.
In 2013, Gwenyth Paltrow told YOU magazine: “I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third [child]. It didn’t work out and I nearly died." Paltrow has two children with ex-husband and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, daughter Apple and son Moses.
Before the birth of daughter Coco, who Cox shares with ex-husband and fellow actor David Arquette, Cox suffered 'multiple' miscarriages. “I get pregnant pretty easily,” the actress told People magazine, “but I have a hard time keeping them.”
“It was horrendous and something I would not wish on my worst enemy. It’s something that I still haven’t dealt with… 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… I nearly died. But I was numb and I didn’t care. I’d just lost my baby," Lily Allen revealed to The Sun. The singer and her partner Sam Cooper now have two children together.
In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, Aussie actress Nicole Kidman revealed that she lost a baby shortly after marrying ex-husband Tom Cruise. Kidman stated: “From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies." The couple went on to adopt two children together, Isabella and Connor Cruise.
In 2010, Mariah Carey revealed in an All Access Hollywood interview with then-husband Nick Cannon that she had suffered a miscarriage in 2008. Carey stated that losing the baby "took me to a dark place." Carey and Cannon went on to have two children together before their divorce: Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon.
American actress Brooke Shields wrote about losing a child in her 2014 autobiography There Was A Little Girl. While waiting to go on stage to perform with the Muppets, Shields received a call from her doctor that she had miscarried. She penned: “We were just crushed. Up until then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work." Shields now has two children.
Before giving birth to twins, singer Celine Dion had been expecting triplets, but lost one of the three babies early on in the pregnancy. She revealed to the French press in 2010 that: "[The miscarried child] chose to let go to give space to his brothers to grow." Dion had also already had a miscarriage before using IVF to fall pregnant with her twins: “They said I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, [my husband and I] were not pregnant again…"
E! News presenter Giuliana Rancic is no stranger to heartbreak, as the 42-year-old suffered through a very public battle with breast cancer in 2011. In 2010, Rancic and husband Bill were given some goods news - that IVF had been successful and Giuliana was pregnant. However, just nine weeks later at a routine ultrasound, the couple learnt that Giuliana had miscarried. “Both of us were in shock…I was angry at life and angry at God. Our dreams were coming true, and then we’re supposed to start all over again?” The couple now have one child together, Edward Duke Rancic, who was born in 2012.
In 2011, Oprah appeared on Piers Morgan's CNN show as a guest, and spoke candidly about her pregnancy and miscarriage as a 14-year-old. She told Morgan that after the miscarriage: “I went back to school and nobody knew, because had anybody have known at that time I wouldn’t have been able to be head of the student council." Winfrey went on to explain that if she hadn't had the troublesome experience: "the whole trajectory of my life would have been different."
In an interview with Lucky, actress Elizabeth Banks shared her issues with fertility and miscarriage, explaining: “…the one true hurdle I’ve faced in life is that I have a broken belly…years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, were all unsuccessful." Banks now has two children.
American actress and model Jaime King took to her Instagram to tell her story of infertility and her issues with pregnancy loss. The blonde beauty explained that she struggled for 8 years with undiagnosed poly-cystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis. King also suffered five ectopic miscarriages, five rounds of IVF and 26 IUI's and spent a total of four and a half years trying to get pregnant. King now has two children, James and Leo!
In 2014, Lindsay Lohan revealed in the finale of her OWN network docuseries Lindsay that she suffered a miscarriage. The Mean Girls actress explained: "No one knows this…I had a miscarriage…I couldn’t move. I was sick. And mentally that messes with you.”