Jaime King may not have been on your radar up until now, but the way she opened up about her struggles to get pregnant is about to change that in a big way. I don’t know where she is at this very moment, but all I want to do is give her a giant bear hug and thank her for sharing her story.
Call me naive, but I assumed that anyone who spends the Fourth of July on a boat with Taylor Swift must have it pretty easy-breezy. Probably just drifting through life with never a care in the world, right? Wrong. Jaime gave birth to her son James Knight last October, but has revealed recently that she encountered incredible obstacles in her attempts to conceive, including five miscarriages. Here are the heart-breaking details that she shared in the caption of a photo that she posted to Instagram last Friday:
“For all the struggling women & moms out there that think they are alone – This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after. 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis. 9 doctors until Dr. Randy Harris diagnosed me & saved my life from a severe ectopic, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUI’s, most with no outcome, 4½ years of trying to conceive.”
As someone who hasn’t yet started down the road of trying to have a child, and thus lacks the vocabulary to understand everything Jaime is talking about, even I am shocked by the amount that she went through. I have no doubt that there are people who have had to deal with all of this and more, and obviously some who are never able to conceive at all, no matter how much they put their bodies through, but bottom line, I’m impressed and touched by Jaime’s willingness to share her story with the world.
She could have sold this story to a magazine in order to make money off an interview, but instead she shared it with her fans and followers on Instagram, laying bare her life and her struggles with fertility so that others don’t have to feel alone in their efforts to conceive, and with every moment beyond.
“[I] worked until the day before I [gave] birth and went back after 6 weeks after. I was afraid of letting others down. #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers #realtalkthatterrifiesus.”
Unfortunately Jaime has now deleted the original post, and the posts she’s been following it up with suggest that she got some backlash for her decision to share, but I hope she doesn’t regret it. Regardless of other peoples’ reaction, it takes a lot of bravery to share details of something as personal as your history with miscarriage, so we give her serious props.
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