- Actor Kate Beckinsale is standing in solidarity with Chrissy Teigen.
- Beckinsale wrote that she suffered a miscarriage at 20 weeks and that she "absolutely collapsed inside."
- Teigen posted on Thursday in a series of Instagram pictures that she lost her unborn son after being hospitalized due to excessive bleeding.
- Teigen's social-media posts about her pregnancy loss have garnered criticism from online trolls but have also inspired people to share their own experiences with miscarriage and stillbirth.
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Actor Kate Beckinsale sent out a message of support to Chrissy Teigen, who has been faced with online harassment and abuse after sharing intimate details of her pregnancy loss online.
Teigen announced that she lost her pregnancy in an Instagram post on Thursday. She shared photos of herself holding her unborn son alongside husband John Legend. The model and TV personality had been hospitalized for several days for excessive bleeding prior to her miscarriage.
"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough," Teigen captioned her Instagram post.
In response to Teigen opening up about her experience with pregnancy loss, "Underworld" star Beckinsale posted a photo of a handwritten note via Instagram on Friday. In her caption, Beckinsale shared that she previously suffered a miscarriage.
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I’ve noticed people criticizing @chrissyteigen for sharing deeply intimate photos of the loss of her baby. As if there’s some protocol during soul-scouring calamity that, if not observed, emboldens people who do not know her or her family to say how she should be handling the unimaginable. Years ago, I lost a baby at 20 weeks. I had managed to keep my pregnancy quiet and I absolutely collapsed inside and no one would have known. There is grief, shame and shock so often that come with an experience like this, plus the heartbreak of your body continuing, after the loss, to act as if it had a child to nurture. Your milk comes in, with no one to feed. It can be the loneliest, most soul destroying period of time, particularly if you are not in the position of having an emotionally connected, supportive partner like Chrissy has. I think it’s an honour to be allowed into another persons grief, especially with a subject like this which so often puts a woman into that hall of mirrors state of life continuing as if the world hasn’t, for you ,come to a bloody and terrible halt. Sending so much love to the Legend family, but also so much to the women and couples who have kept it quiet and suffered. I know there are so many. Thank you @chrissyteigen for making sure it is abundantly clear how devastating this is, and how life changing it can be without support. Let’s let the grieving decide what’s right for them. Send support or keep quiet . This is a really hard time to bear .Blessings and hugs to all x
"I've noticed people criticizing @chrissyteigen for sharing deeply intimate photos of the loss of her baby. As if there's some protocol during soul-scouring calamity that, if not observed, emboldens people who do not know her or her family to say how she should be handling the unimaginable," Beckinsale captioned her Instagram post.
Beckinsale wrote that she suffered a miscarriage at 20 weeks and that she "absolutely collapsed inside."
She also wrote that experiencing a miscarriage can be the "loneliest, most soul destroying period of time," and that she appreciated Teigen for opening up about her painful experience.
"Thank you @chrissyteigen for making sure it is abundantly clear how devastating this is, and how life changing it can be without support," Beckinsale wrote.
Teigen's emotional Instagram post featured photos of herself holding her unborn sun alongside "All of Me" singer Legend.
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We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough. . . We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever. . . To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.
The cookbook author also shared that she and Legend planned to name their son Jack in her Instagram post.
After announcing that she lost her pregnancy, Teigen became the victim of online abuse by QAnon conspiracy theorists who accused her of pedophilia and eating children, as reported by Insider's Rachel E. Greenspan.
However, many users have also shared messages of support with Teigen and are writing about their own experiences with pregnancy loss.
Teigen and Beckinsale aren't the only celebrities who have spoken about losing a pregnancy.
In a 2013 interview with Oprah, Beyoncé shared that she miscarried before giving birth to her first child, daughter Blue Ivy.
"Having miscarriages taught me that I had to mother myself before I could be a mother to someone else," she told Elle in 2019.
In 2019, "Pretty Little Liars" actor Shay Mitchell told fans on Instagram that she suffered a miscarriage in 2018 prior to giving birth to daughter Atlas Noa.
"The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams," Mitchell wrote on Instagram.
Former first lady Michelle Obama shared that she suffered a miscarriage before giving birth to daughters Malia and Sasha in a 2018 interview with ABC News.
Representatives for Kate Beckinsale and Chrissy Teigen, respectively, did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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