Congratulations to actress Aja Naomi King who announced she is expecting her “rainbow baby” after two previous miscarriages.
“I really can’t begin to express the fullness of our immense joy to be welcoming a baby into our family. With that I also want to express that this beautiful journey has not been devoid of heartbreak,” she writes. “This is my beautiful little rainbow baby.”
The “How To Get Away With Murder actress continued: “I’ve been so deeply moved by the women who have openly shared their miscarriages. It brought me solace in a time that was incredibly painful to know I wasn’t alone. To understand that this experience is common, horrible but still common. I suffered two miscarriages and even now trying to capture what it felt like in words is simply absurd to me because I will never have language enough for it.”
According to MayoClinic, approximately 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage, although the actual number is likely higher because many miscarriages occur so early in pregnancy that a woman doesn’t realize she’s pregnant.
Around 80 percent of miscarriages occur in the first trimester.
King expressed that she was hesitant about sharing her experience but added that she felt that sharing her pain was not a “competition,” but merely an outlet.
“And I won’t lie, it’s been hard to not carry my fear with me throughout this pregnancy. To believe that it’s real and that this baby will be okay. That this beautiful gift will remain. But I try to not ignore the facts, and the facts are that I am healthy and my baby is healthy, my baby is growing and now kicking and constantly reminding me of their very real presence within me.”
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