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Teresa Palmer on the heartbreak of losing a child: ‘It still haunts us’

She often reminisces about the amazing and empowering experiences she had while birthing her two sons, and now Teresa Palmer has opened up about how she tragically lost an unborn child.

In support of Pregnancy Infant Loss Awareness Day, the Aussie actress shared an image on her Instagram of herself with her husband Mark Webber and their eldest son Forest Sage, now four.

The photo was taken just moments before discovering her pregnancy “wasn’t viable.”


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August 13, 2015; 7 weeks pregnant and waiting for the doctor to come in to see the heartbeat of our second baby. A few minutes later she walked in, we were giddy with excitement, but we never got to see our baby’s heartbeat, instead we heard the words “I’m so sorry this baby doesn’t look viable”. The next few days were a blur of tests and specialists, a “molar pregnancy” and it was “potentially cancerous”. I needed surgery immediately. I was whisked away into the operating theatre to have a D & C. It was the first time I’d ever been in hospital. It was the most terrifying, traumatic and grief filled experience we’ve ever been through. It still haunts us. We were lucky, it didn’t turn cancerous and I went on to give birth to a healthy baby 16 months later. Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy & Infant loss awareness day. My heart is with all of you who, like me, are the 1 in 4. Sending all my love on your journey through infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss🙏 #miscarriage #1in4

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Teresa reveals she had a molar pregnancy

Teresa captioned the pic: “August 13, 2015; 7 weeks pregnant and waiting for the doctor to come in to see the heartbeat of our second baby. 

“A few minutes later she walked in, we were giddy with excitement, but we never got to see our baby’s heartbeat, instead we heard the words ‘I’m so sorry this baby doesn’t look viable’.” 

‘It was the most terrifying, traumatic and grief-filled experience we’ve ever been through’

Teresa was told she had a “molar pregnancy”, a type of pregnancy where a baby does not develop. The 32-year-old reveals it was “potentially cancerous”.

“The next few days were a blur of tests and specialists, a “molar pregnancy” and it was “potentially cancerous”. I needed surgery immediately,” says Teresa.

“I was whisked away into the operating theatre to have a D & C. It was the first time I’d ever been in a hospital. It was the most terrifying, traumatic and grief-filled experience we’ve ever been through. It still haunts us.”


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She continues: “We were lucky, it didn’t turn cancerous and I went on to give birth to a healthy baby 16 months later.

“Today, October 15th, is Pregnancy & Infant loss awareness day. My heart is with all of you who, like me, are the 1 in 4. Sending all my love on your journey through infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss🙏 #miscarriage #1in4.”

The Hacksaw Ridge star gave birth to her son Bodhi 16 months later. She is also a step-mum to Mark’s son Isaac, 10, who he shares with actress Frankie Shaw.

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Dealing with miscarriage

One in four women loses a baby during pregnancy or birth. 

Losing a baby is a difficult time in a pregnancy journey. Women and their partners need time to grieve. There is no time constraint on grieving and everyone has different coping strategies to deal with this sad time in their lives.

Sids & Kids

Support is provided for anyone for any circumstance that involves the loss of a pregnancy or a child. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth and having to terminate a pregnancy due to medical and genetic illnesses.

24-hour bereavement line 1800 308 307

www.sidsandkids.org

SANDS

Also assists families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy and families who are struggling through IVF attempts.

www.sands.org.au

24-hour telephone support 1300 072 637

If you need support after miscarriage, there’s a host of support available – take a look here.

 

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