This month How I Met Your Mother star, Ashley Williams, has written with chilling honesty about the experience of having a miscarriage.
Williams, 37, shared her story “I need to talk about my miscarriage” on Medium.
Her account begins with a feeling of discomfort about eight weeks into her second pregnancy. She thought she might just be hungry, or dizzy, or perhaps the cramps she’d been feeling all morning were just the “miraculous evidence of new life”.
It was when Williams felt something wet trickle down her left leg that she knew something wasn’t right.
As she stood next to her son Gus, almost two years old, “a heavy, dark, and slow stream of blood made its way down…” her thigh. Her jeans were soaked through.
But for Williams, the experience of miscarrying was only the beginning. What shocked her the most was how common the incidence of miscarriage is, and how rarely we speak about it.