General Article ‘I had no idea stillbirth still happened’: 5 things you may not know about baby loss

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‘I didn’t have a clue miscarriage could drag on for so long.’

Individuals who have not experienced pregnancy or baby loss may have a basic understanding of what a miscarriage or stillbirth entails. However, there may still be a lot they don’t know, perhaps due to the misconceptions that continue to surround miscarriage and stillbirth.

On Thursday 1 October, Chrissy Teigen shared in a social media post that she had suffered pregnancy loss after experiencing excessive bleeding during pregnancy, saying that she and her husband John Legend are ‘shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before’.

Then, a month later, the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, spoke candidly about her experience of baby loss in a personal essay for the New York Times saying: ‘I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second.’

The Independent spoke to bereaved parents and experts to share facts people may not know about pregnancy and baby los...

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