And she has an important message for women in a similar position
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Although one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage it’s a topic that is seldom discussed openly, and considering that many of these will happen before the three month mark it can be an incredibly lonely and painful time.
More recently, celebrities like Jools Oliver have come forward to talk about their personal experiences, and now the Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rauch has decided to share her story with an important announcement.
The 37 year-old actress, who plays Bernadette on the popular TV show, announced to her fans that she was pregnant and expecting her first child with her screenwriter husband, Winston Rauch.
But in the message Melissa discussed how ‘terrified’ she is, deciding to open up about her previous miscarriage and the impact it is having on her pregnancy now.
Linking to a blog post on her Instagram, she shared the following statement: ‘Melissa is expecting her first child. She is extremely overjoyed, but if she’s being honest, due to the fact that she had a miscarriage the last time she was pregnant, she’s pretty much terrified at the moment that it will happen again.
‘She feels weird even announcing this at all, and would rather wait until her child heads off to college to tell anyone, but she figures she should probably share this news before someone sees her waddling around with her mid-section protruding and announces it first.’
Melissa goes on to explain how hard it became to see other pregnant women following her miscarriage, describing it as a ‘stab in the heart’, and going on to say that the tragic loss ‘kickstarted a primal depression that lingered in me’.
However, she wanted to talk about it to let other women know that they aren’t alone, saying: ‘To all the women out there who are dealing with fertility issues, have gone through a miscarriage or are going through the pain of it currently, allow me to leave you with this message: You are not alone. And, it is perfectly OK to not be OK right now.’