Chrissy Teigen has released a personal essay about her devastating pregnancy loss

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced the tragic news earlier this month that they had lost their third baby 'about halfway through pregnancy' after complications.

Chrissy was hospitalised due to bleeding, and just days later, the couple confirmed that their son, who was reported to be 20-24 weeks, had died, releasing a series of black and white photographs of the heartbreaking day.

'We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before,' Chrissy posted to her social media platforms, alongside the photographs. 'We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.'

The post continues: 'We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.

'To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you.

'Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you,' Chrissy continued. 'We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.'

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This week, Chrissy made news as she released a personal essay on Medium about the loss she experienced.

'People say an experience like this creates a hole in your heart. A hole was certainly made, but it was filled with the love of something I loved so much. It doesn’t feel empty, this space. It feels full.'

As well as talking about the heartbreaking experience, Chrissy addressed the photographs, with the couple receiving a wave of online backlash for posting photographs of them grieving on the day.

Putting the trollers in their place, Chrissy writes: 'I cannot express how little I care that you hate the photos. How little I care that it’s something you wouldn’t have done. I lived it, I chose to do it, and more than anything, these photos aren’t for anyone but the people who have lived this or are curious enough to wonder what something like this is like. These photos are only for the people who need them. The thoughts of others do not matter to me.'

Thank you for your bravery, Chrissy.

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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