pregnancy

Hilaria Baldwin’s photos, two days apart, show the changes to the body after miscarriage.

This post deals with miscarriage and might be triggering for some readers.

Parenting blogger and author Hilaria Baldwin had a miscarriage on Monday and needed a D and C (dilation and curettage – a procedure to remove tissue from inside a uterus) on Tuesday.

By Wednesday, her abdomen showed no sign of her second-trimester pregnancy.

Baldwin, 35, and a mother of four, posted two photos of her experience to her Instagram stories.

“I was so proud of my belly… I shared this photo from Monday in my stories, talking about how much my belly was growing,” she wrote.

The photo showed a pregnant abdomen, and the Wednesday photo showed a marked change. Baldwin explained, “My bump was taken away so swiftly in a day…Tuesday.

“And I miss it…but the body knows and its elasticity doesn’t lie.”

hilaria-baldwin
Image: Social.

Baldwin, who is married to actor Alec Baldwin, 61, was expecting a baby girl, their fifth child together. They are parents to Carmen, six, Rafael, four, Leonardo, three, and Romeo, 15 months.

In April this year, Baldwin, who is also a yoga devotee, suffered a first miscarriage and has been documenting her fertility journey since.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Because this baby deserves belly pics too! GUYS!!!! I made it though my first trimester!!!! ????

A post shared by Hilaria Thomas Baldwin (@hilariabaldwin) on

ADVERTISEMENT

After her D and C on Tuesday, the popular blogger shared a selfie with her 680,000 followers.

“Eyes swollen from crying, groggy from anesthesia, crampy from the surgery...but I made it and I want you to know that I’m physically ok,” she wrote.

“I’m grateful for my family, friends, doctors and nurses, and all of you who have held my hand through this difficult time. You have no idea how much this means to me.

“One foot in front of the other...now I begin the healing journey.”

In later Instagram stories, the mum explained that she hoped sharing her experience may help other women. She listed hearing from her followers and spending time with her children as things that were giving her comfort at this time, as well as “staying busy” by returning to work.

Baldwin has been very open about the emotional toll of a miscarriage.

Tina Arena speaks to Mia Freedman about her miscarriage in this video. Post continues below.

Video via Mamamia
ADVERTISEMENT

Dr Philippa Costley, a Melbourne obstetrician/gynaecologist and spokesperson for RANZCOG (the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) explained to Mamamia what happens inside a woman’s body after a miscarriage.

What happens to a woman’s body after a miscarriage?

According to Health Direct, a woman may experience bleeding and/or abdominal discomfort.

“The bleeding can last between two to four weeks, depending on the gestation,” Dr Costley explains.

“There will also be a drop in the hormones HCG and progesterone, which often will resolve any symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

“Depending on the gestation, the hormonal drop may stimulate lactation, but in the first trimester, it usually wouldn’t.

“Most women would be offered medication to prevent lactation if they were at a more advanced gestation.”

Regarding Hilaria Baldwin, Dr Costley explains that, “the uterus needs to involute (reduced to pre-pregnancy size) after pregnancy, and that it is variable how long this takes.”

“In general, it’s completed by six weeks.

“With Hilaria, because it was a second-trimester miscarriage, the process would be faster because the uterus was most likely small enough move back into the pelvis quicker.”

What are the chances of future pregnancy?

According to Health Direct, doctors may recommend waiting until after the next period to start trying to conceive again. The site adds:

“If you have had a miscarriage, the next pregnancy will usually be normal. After a miscarriage, the chance of you miscarrying again is low (1 in 5 women). If you have had 3 or more miscarriages, your doctor may recommend that you see a fertility specialist.”

Dr Costley further explains that “many women have successful pregnancies after pregnancy loss, but chances very much depend on individual circumstances.”

Do all women who miscarry need a D and C procedure?

“No, some people will spontaneously expel pregnancy tissue,” Dr Costley says.

If this has raised any issues for you or if you would like to speak with someone, please contact the Sands Australia 24 hour support line on 1300 072 637. 

You can download Never Forgotten: Stories of love, loss and healing after miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death for free here.

Join the community of women, men and families who have lost a child in our private Facebook group.

00:00 / ???