Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead has shared that she suffered a miscarriage just six weeks ago, as she opened up about the experience as part of a powerful post on social media.
On Monday (October 12), the reality star took to Instagram to share a photo of a sundrenched field alongside a caption that began: "I've thought long and hard about doing this post, but I felt that if I can pass on any warmth, comfort or help to anybody in the same position – well that would be great. It's only fair that I share some of my 'downs' as well as my 'up' moments.
"Today would have been my 18 week mark, but sadly we had an early miscarriage just before 12 weeks," she continued, referring to her partner Max Fredrik Darnton. "Not only was this heartbreaking for us, but it also came as such a shock to me. I hadn't realised until then how blessed I was with having such a relatively straightforward pregnancy with India."
Felstead went on to explain that, because she had no complications with her first child, who she shares with ex-boyfriend Joshua Patterson, she was "naive enough" to assume that she would have a similar experience the second time around. She then recalled how she'd had two early scans as she was "concerned I was bleeding". But because doctors had "found a 'very strong' heartbeat," her worries soon evaporated.
"However, on the third scan I was told 'I'm afraid there's no heartbeat.' I was told by my doctor that 1 in 4 pregnancies miscarry (not that statistics make it any easier!) With 82% of my following being women – that means roughly 237,800 women 'following' me could (or have) experienced the same, which is just so sad.
"When speaking to a few close friends about our situation, we learned that some of them too have had miscarriages in the past," the 30-year-old wrote. "I asked them why they've never said anything, and they just said they felt they couldn't, or shouldn't talk about it. Almost like it's a taboo subject, which is heartbreaking.
"If you have been through this, I hope you are giving yourself time to mentally and physically heal and do what you need. I keep reminding myself that there was nothing I could have done, and perhaps this was nature's way of saying that for whatever reason, this little soul wasn't ready for the world. Sending so so much love."
Made in Chelsea airs on E4.
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