She’s a headstrong model, actress and mum who tackles life without fear. But last year a single moment shook Megan Gale to the core. She joined the one-in-four pregnant women in Australia who suffer a miscarriage.
The 41-year-old stunner has opened up about the core-shaking moment she discovered she had lost her longed-for second baby, right before heading to Milan for work.
Second pregnancy happened quickly
Megan and her AFL player partner Shaun Hampson tried for a little while to get pregnant with their first child, two-year-old River, so they thought when they began trying for second child last year, it would also be a slow process.
“It took us six months with River…so we thought, let’s try around April and see what happens,” Megan told InStyle in an exclusive interview. “I found out in May and I was so thrilled it had happened so quickly, and a little bit shocked. My body was (changing)…and I was hoping to hide it, but I felt very pregnant.”
At the time, Megan was gearing up for work on Top Model, which included heading to Milan with the final four contestants, but she got sick.
“I had a cold, flu, I got laryngitis, I had a chest infection – it just got worse and worse. I was so bummed because I’d been so looking forward to doing this job and I loved working with Foxtel and loved the show… I wanted to be firing on all cylinders, and I was probably firing on half a cylinder.”
“I’m a bit of a nerd in that I just love to be professional and do the best job that I can. But I thought, ‘It’s worth it at the end of it because I’m going to have this baby.’”
‘I wondered if I was being paranoid’
Megan explains that she had a six-week scan to make sure everything was ok, and then continued preparing for her overseas trip – which included another visit to her obstetrician before flying to Milan. But she says something didn’t feel right.
“I can’t put my finger on it – there was no physical change or a sign or symptom…(I wondered) if I was being overprotective and paranoid, or if something was wrong.”
On the morning of her ultrasound she was feeling nervous, but just wanted to be assured everything was ok.
“I hopped up on the table and (my obstetrician) put the ultrasound on my tummy. He just kept moving it and not saying anything and I started to feel sick.” An internal ultrasounds followed, before the devastating news.
“He was quiet, and then he just said, ‘I’m so sorry, it’s gone.’”
Dealing with miscarriage
According to InStyle, Megan had a procedure in a Melbourne hospital, before heading to Sydney then Milan, as she dealt with her emotions and trying to keep the news out of the public domain. She explains that while we need to be open about our experiences as women, we must be sensitive to the different journey we’re all on.
“Anything surrounding your conception as a woman, as a couple, is extremely intimate, and it needs to be handled delicately…I feel absolutely passionate about it—especially now with what we’ve gone through—because I’d always get asked ‘When are you going to have a baby?’
“And when I’d had River, ‘When are you going to have another baby?’ I lose count how many times a week—whether it’s in an interview, whether it’s friends, family, someone at the supermarketI don’t know… it happens (to women) everywhere. It’s such a personal question, and what makes it that much harder to answer is when you’ve been through some kind of hurdle with conception.”
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