In an interview with the Sunday Times, Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Tindall reveals she had a second miscarriage before giving birth to her second daughter Lena last month.
Married to former rugby player Mike Tindall, the equestrian gave birth to her first daughter Mia in 2014. In 2016, the Olympian and equestrian announced her first miscarriage – one month after publicly sharing she was pregnant. This weekend she admitted she suffered a second before getting pregnant with her second daughter born in June.
“For me, the worst bit was that we had to tell everyone, everyone knew… I had to go through having the baby because it was so far along,” said the 37-year-old of her first miscarriage. “I then had another miscarriage really early on.”
While the Olympic-medal-winning mom doesn’t hold a royal title, her pregnancies are announced publicly due to being a descendant of Queen Elizabeth II. After announcing her first miscarriage, Tindall said she received letters from people who had similar experiences, encouraging her to speak about the tough topic.
“I had a miscarriage in 2016 and afterwards loads of people wrote to me and Mike to say they’d been through the same thing,” she said. “In our case, it was something really rare; it was nature saying, ‘this one’s not right’.”
When it comes to grieving, Tindall admits it takes time.
“You don’t talk about it because it’s too raw,” she said. “But as with everything, time’s a great healer.”
According to Tommy’s, a pregnancy research organisation, one in four pregnancies in the UK end in miscarriage. For 37-year-old Tindall, miscarriage is more common with one in five women between ages 35 and 39 miscarrying. While one in 100 UK women experience recurrent miscarriages, more than 60 per cent will go on to have a successful pregnancy.
For the equestrian, she attributes her family for helping her get through the tough time.
“It was a time when my family came to the fore and I needed them.”
Celebrities and public figures sharing their personal miscarriage experiences can be beneficial for those going through a similar situation. Public figures like Amanda Holden and Lily Allen have shared their own stories to build a campaign supporting women going through a similar loss, raising awareness and combatting the stigma surrounding the topic. There are also resources for those who have a loved one currently grieving a miscarriage.
If you’re going through a loss, call the Miscarriage Association helpline for guidance. While grief is completely normal, the NHS also encourages those suffering to contact the Cruse Bereavement Care helpline for extra support.
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