Jaime King Will Earn Your Undying Respect For Opening Up About Her Five Miscarriages

Jaime King attending Simon G Soiree at Four Seasons Las Vegas May 2014Jaime 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.

(Photo: Judy Eddy / WENN.com)

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    • bambi

      Wow. Sometimes, because of the effortless image crafted by PR agents, we forget that celebrities are in fact hurting and surviving just like us. Respect for her <3

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I know! So proud from a distance!

    • PaintingChef

      Miscarriages are never easy to talk about, neither is infertility. I’ve had 8 miscarriages. Her diagnosis and her struggle with infertility treatments is all too familiar. I applaud her for speaking up. We need someone to bring light to what far too many women go through every single day.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Ooof. I’m so sorry to hear that, I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for you to go through that.

    • mommystired

      So glad to hear to speak out, as someone who has gone through multiple miscarriages! I still feel too guarded to talk about mine with most people (except strangers online!) but it helps to remove that stigma.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Man, I seriously can’t imagine. My body and my brain curl all up with sympathy for you and anyone who’s had to go through this!

    • falcongirl

      I have never felt as alone and like as much of a failure as I did when I had my first miscarriage. The thing that made me start to feel better was that when I started mentioning it to people, the number of people who then shared their own story of pregnancy loss was astonishing. I wish I had known about all the people close to me who had experienced loss before I had my first (I had three before I had a pregnancy stick)–I might not have had to go through that period of extreme loneliness. I think it’s amazing and wonderful that she shared this. Pregnancy loss and infertility is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s something that happens sometimes and it is sad, but more people telling their stories can make people experiencing it feel a little less lost and alone.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        You guys are killing me today. Really brave and beautiful stories — thank you for sharing them here. Sending thoughts and hugs to all, and really proud of you for coming through those experiences unashamed!

    • Vera

      Backlash? She got backlash for sharing something like this? I wouldn’t even be able to comment, if it showed on my ig feed.

    • lijepa1979

      I feel bad for her if she got backlash for opening up about her miscarriages. However, considering how some of my “friends” treated me after mine, I know people are ignorant and cruel. I think more people need to speak up though and share. I have shared a lot about my losses on my blog and have found that there are others, like me, who have lost and feel alone.

    • jerseygirl17

      I’ve never had a miscarriage, thank goodness, but I also had unexplained pelvic pain with vomiting and painful intercourse and infertility for years (doctor after doctor just kept saying “there’s nothing there on the ultrasound” *shrug*) until like Jaime I found a good doctor who suspected endometriosis and did a laparoscopy. Now I have twin boys after laparoscopic surgery, failed iuis and one very lucky round of IVF. The surgery also relieved a lot of the pain.

      It was very isolating, and I felt very alone until one day in the break room at work. I don’t know how the subject came up, but I found out 4 of my coworkers had babies from going to the same doctor I did.