In a recent interview with InStyle, Australian model and mother, Megan Gale has opened up about her harrowing experience after losing her child.
In a bid to help encourage conversation and healing amongst women, and their spouses, about miscarriage and the incredible grief that it entails, Gale spoke about the heartache that one in four pregnant women in Australia experience.
Gale opened up about her surprise at being able to conceive so quickly, after trying for over 6 months with her first child, River.
“About 10 days out from my eight week scan, I just felt in my bones something wasn’t right,” she said in an interview published in InStyle Magazine, out today.
“I went into the scan and the obstetrician moved the ultrasound around my belly. At one point he just stopped and said he was sorry but the baby was gone.
“As hard as it is to open up about something so heartbreaking, I’ve done so in the hope we can all exercise a bit more sensitivity and consideration and awareness when it comes to broaching the subject of pregnancy and conception — and also perhaps giving women a little bit more strength when it comes to dealing with miscarriage and everything that surrounds it.”
She also opened up about the agony following the news, stating that immediately after her procedure, she “hugged my boy for a few hours and had to pack a bag and go. Not being around loved ones was really hard.”
Having to leave immediately for a photo shoot in Milan, Gale said that while she has had to “suck things up” many times in her life, “This was the most challenging time I’ve had to do that.”
Megan shared the news in the hope that it would inspire a greater and more compassionate conversation surrounding miscarriage and also encourage others to think before they ask women “when are you going to have a baby?”
Hers is the call of many women – to exercise sensitivity and understanding when broaching the subject of fertility or conception with women and their spouses and to help end the stigma surrounding miscarriage and stillbirth.