Mom of four Hilaria Baldwin shared an announcement with her Instagram followers last week, but it wasn't the announcement she'd been looking forward to.
Instead of coming out with a pregnancy post, Baldwin explained she believes she's having a miscarriage. "I want to share with you that I am most likely experiencing a miscarriage," she wrote. "I always promised myself that if I were to get pregnant again, I would share the news with you guys pretty early, even if that means suffering a public loss.
On Tuesday morning Baldwin spoke out about her decision to share this information with her Instagram followers in real time, and on Tuesday evening she confirmed her pregnancy was over.
"Even before I got pregnant, I thought about what it would be like to have to share news like this. Having a miscarriage would hurt if I went through it in silence and it would hurt if I lost the pregnancy in front of everybody, I realized. At least sharing my story might help me and other women dealing with a miscarriage to find support," she told Glamour.
This experience is unfortunately super common, as Baldwin tells Glamour.
"Pregnancy loss is a topic that touches almost everyone—10 to 25 percent of all known pregnancies end in miscarriage. I'm not surprised at how common they are. Almost every single one of my friends has experienced some kind of struggle with infertility or miscarriage," she says.
Jessica McCormack, a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice at The Self Care Path, previously spoke to Motherly about pregnancy loss and why some women choose to talk about it on social media, like Baldwin is.
According to McCormack, marking one's miscarriage with social media post can be a good way for a mother to invite people to support her in her time of need. "It also reduces the stigma by bringing to light that it is completely normal for women to experience something like this," she explained.
That is exactly what Baldwin was trying to accomplish by being so public about this. "I'm feeling a bit fragile and I need support," she wrote in the Instagram post that sparked all this. "I'm hoping, that by sharing this, I can contribute to raising awareness about this sensitive topic."
She absolutely has.
[A version of this post was originally published April 4, 2019. It has been updated.]