Whitney Port Opens Up About Pregnancy Anxiety Following History Of Miscarriages - Women's Health

Whitney Port Opens Up About Pregnancy Anxiety Following History Of Miscarriages

“I definitely feel just scared for myself and my confidence and my self-worth and what this means for that.”

For many, Whitney Port was someone we grew up watching on The Hills. But now the star is becoming a voice for women and expecting mothers around the world, using her social platform to discuss pregnancy, miscarriage and the anxiety that surrounds the process. Just recently, Port shared some bittersweet news with her followers as she revealed that she’s pregnant with her second child with husband Tim Rosenman. But while the announcement was one that should have been cause for celebration, Port instead talked about the anxiety that she now feels as it’s “likely another unhealthy pregnancy,” following two miscarriages and a chemical pregnancy. 

“I’m currently seven weeks pregnant, which is supposed to be obviously really exciting, and it has been up until yesterday,” Port said. “I have been doing to the doctor and monitoring it, because of my history with miscarriages. I’ve had two miscarriages and a chemical pregnancy. And everything was looking good up until yesterday.”

Port then went on to explain how, during a recent ultrasound, the doctor discovered some issues. “Whatever was happening in there was not where it was supposed to be, given the week that I’m at,” said Port. “He said that he was pessimistic about this pregnancy, and he told me to get blood drawn. So, I will get blood results back today and see if numbers are going up or going down. He thinks they’ll likely be going down. And he is having me come in for another ultrasound on Monday. But the moral of the story is, this is likely another unhealthy pregnancy.”

Whilst miscarriage is common for many women, the fact remains that it’s a topic rarely discussed openly. At a time where social media feeds celebrate gender reveal parties, blossoming baby bumps and the joy of expecting parents, little recognition is given to those who have endured the hardship of miscarriage or unhealthy pregnancies. In the first few weeks of pregnancy, miscarriage is particularly common with studies revealing that up to one in five women will experience a miscarriage before 20 weeks. While testing is offered to women who miscarry once or twice, usually no treatable cause is found for it. 

With so many women experiencing heartbreak similar to Port’s regarding miscarriage and unhealthy pregnancies, Port hopes that in sharing her own struggles it will encourage others to have the conversation. In being so open with her fans, she hopes to build a community that isn’t afraid to tackle such topics and that they can draw on one another’s strength during these difficult times. “It’s such a huge part of our lives right now, and it affects everything, physically and mentally and everything that we do. And it just felt like an opportunity to just share it, because I couldn’t just sit here and go on with my life and not share it,” said Port. 

“And I know that there’s likely so many people out there that have had to deal with this.”

Port and Rosenman share a four-year-old son, Sonny. The star revealed that while she’s extremely “grateful” for her son, she is also scared “for myself and my confidence and my self-worth and what this means for that, and also not being able to give this family what I think would be best for it.”

“The emotions are obviously very complicated,” Port expressed. “I still feel very, very pregnant. My boobs are very sore and I’m extremely hungry and just very achy, but I obviously don’t know what’s doing on inside my body.”

Still, there is hope for Port and her family. The couple later received some positive news which she updated fans with in the caption of the video: “Between filming and now, [we] have had another appointment where the doctor heard the heartbeat and saw an embryo, to everyone’s surprise. Who knows what will happen, but we had to share with you all.”

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