Myleene Klass is set to explore the taboo surrounding miscarriages in a new documentary – eight months after revealing she had tragically lost four babies.
The presenter, 42, will meet other mums who’ve gone through the agony of miscarriage in the one-off film for W, titled Myleene Klass: Miscarriages and Me.
Speaking about the documentary, Myleene, who has daughters Ava, 13, Hero, 10 and ‘rainbow’ son Apollo, 2 months, she said: ‘It can’t go on being the big dark secret that we have to carry around.’
Close to home: Myleene Klass is set to explore the taboo surrounding miscarriages in a new documentary – eight months after revealing she had tragically lost four babies
‘You just don’t want to feel alone because the defining feeling of miscarriage is feeling alone.I’m getting to a point in my life where I’m finding it very tricky to find a woman who hasn’t gone through miscarriage.’
The radio host went on to say that making the documentary made her ‘realise’ just how many women have had miscarriages and she questioned people could ‘know so much’ about the women in their lives, but not be aware of something that has ‘shaped who they are.’
She continued: ‘Miscarriage still feels like a taboo. I’d like to help make these conversations a little easier. It can’t go on being the big dark secret that we have to carry around.’
Tragic: The presenter, 42, will meet other mums who’ve gone through the agony of miscarriage in the one-off film for W, titled Myleene Klass: Miscarriages and Me (pictured in October after revealing her four miscarriages)
On Tuesday, the star took to her Instagram to share snaps of herself filming an unknown project.
Though Myleene didn’t specify she was filming her documentary, she did confirm that it was ‘something very important in the making’.
In January, Myleene told how she suffered a miscarriage while presenting a live radio programme – yet found the strength to finish the show.
In a moving interview with You magazine, the singer-turned-broadcaster describes how she went to the toilet during a break and realised she had lost her child.
Family: Speaking about the documentary, Myleene, who has daughters Ava, 13, Hero, 10 and ‘rainbow’ son Apollo, 2 months, she said: ‘It can’t go on being the big dark secret that we have to carry around’
Solidarity: ‘I think I needed to make this because I needed to watch this. After my miscarriages I had to try and find some answers, some peace, some solidarity with people who’ve been through it too’
‘I was on air. I went to the loo while the music was playing and there was blood everywhere. I didn’t know what to do. I had one hour left of my show.’
Distraught, she called her friend Lauren Laverne, the presenter of Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, who gently supported her through the rest of the show.
‘She said, ‘Do one link, take a breath, come out and call me.’ She got me through. I did the next link and called her. We counted the links,’ she recalls.
‘I would go out, sob and come back in, take a deep breath and speak.’
At work: On Tuesday, the star took to her Instagram to share snaps of herself filming an unknown project
Important: Though Myleene didn’t specify she was filming her documentary, she did confirm that it was ‘something very important in the making’
It came after Myleene revealed in October that she suffered four miscarriages before giving birth to her ‘rainbow baby’, son Apollo.
Myleene told how she is a ‘mama to seven babies’ – her daughters, Ava, and Hero, and Apollo, as well as ‘four little stars in the sky’.
The brave star made the announcement when she took to Instagram to share her experience on National Baby Loss Miscarriage Day.
Candid: In October, Myleene revealed on National Baby Loss Miscarriage Day she suffered four miscarriages before giving birth to her ‘rainbow baby’, son Apollo
Her story: The presenter told how she is a ‘mama to seven babies’ – her daughters, Ava, 13, and Hero, 10, and Apollo, 22 months, as well as ‘four little stars in the sky’
The broadcaster explained that model
While Myleene could fall pregnant, there was ‘no explanation’ for why she couldn’t carry her babies to term, so when she was expecting Apollo, doctors ‘took no chances’ and gave her ‘countless, endless hormones’ to keep the placenta working.
Alongside two photos of her bump during her pregnancies, Myleene wrote on Instagram on Wednesday: ‘I am Mama to 7 babies, Ava, Hero, Apollo my rainbow baby and 4 little stars in the sky.
Speaking out: Myleene took to Instagram to share her experience on National Baby Loss Miscarriage Day
‘I know after my own MC’s (miscarriages) how I scoured the internet for stories similar to mine for peace, reassurance. I hope this helps even one lost soul.’
Myleene said she suffered her first miscarriage when she was at the airport, flying home for a dilation and curettage procedure, which is often performed after a first-trimester miscarriage.
She explained: ‘I’d started bleeding heavily at 10wks on holiday. The scan was the saddest sight I’ve ever seen in my life. The first and last time I saw my baby.
‘As the doctor pushed the camera on my belly, the familiar black and blue image of my baby sprung onto the screen, then started to sink and slowly floated down, til it just hunched over.
‘I knew. “I’m sorry there’s no heartbeat”.’
Not alone: The broadcaster explained that model Chrissy Teigen , who lost her baby son Jack halfway through her pregnancy in September, gave her ‘the courage to write’
Support: Myleene thanked Amanda Holden, who lost her son Theo while pregnant, for ‘keeping her together’ other the past few years
Myleene said she was asked to confirm the procedure, but ‘cried so hard’, a nurse had to answer on her behalf.
‘The feeling is nothing short of traumatic, shock,’ she said. ‘They taped my bracelet to my wrist, two gold swallows. It made me sob. Swallows love for life and always come home.
‘I told the anaesthetist to please make sure I wake up as I’m a mum then I cried again at what they were going to take out. I woke to emptiness and the horror of what had happened.
‘I felt I’d failed my baby and my partner.’
Motherhood: The former HearSay singer said she ‘felt I’d failed my baby and my partner’ when she suffered her first miscarriage, before eventually falling pregnant with Apollo (pictured)
Baby joy: Myleene alluded to her trauma in this post in August last year: ‘Will never get over or take for granted the miracle of growing and carrying a child! (and yes, I’m STILL pregnant!)’
Myleene described her second miscarriage as ‘worse if that’s possible’ because she like she already had her ‘one in four’ experience – referring to the one in four women who suffer baby loss.
The former HearSay star said her baby stopped growing at 10 weeks, but for reasons completely unrelated to her first miscarriage.
Reliving the trauma, Myleene said: ‘I didn’t take my eyes off the fire alarm on the ceiling, lest I break completely. Walking past the pregnant women in reception was torture.
Gorgeous family: Alongside Apollo, Myleene is proud mum to Ava, 13, Hero, 10, whom she shares with her ex-husband Graham Quinn
‘This D&C was no less traumatic. In fact, the familiarity of it cut deeper. The “wishes to dispose of the products of pregnancy” form, the walking to theatre, the ugly socks. Having everything one minute, a name, a school, then nothing.
‘The third, I miscarried at work. The fourth, the loo. Whilst I could get pregnant, there was no explanation for why I couldn’t keep them.’
When Myleene became pregnant with her gorgeous son Apollo, doctors ‘took no chances’.
Brave face: The star explained how she injected herself with ‘countless, endless hormones into my belly to keep my placenta working’ while she was pregnant with Apollo (pictured in 2019)
The Dancing On Ice contestant explained how she injected herself with ‘countless, endless hormones into my belly to keep my placenta working.’
Speaking of her rainbow baby, Myleene said: ‘He signifies everything good in the world to me, my miracle.
‘To my friends and Mamas who have experienced this, you are the strongest women I know. Thinking of you today’.
For help with related issues, contact Tommy’s, a miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth charity, at email@example.com or call 0800 0147 800.
What causes a miscarriage?
It is highly unlikely that you will ever know the actual cause of a one-off miscarriage, but most are due to the following problems:
• ABNORMAL FETUS
The most common cause of miscarriages in the first couple of months is a one-off abnormal development in the fetus, often due to chromosome anomalies. ‘It’s not as though the baby is fine one minute and suddenly dies the next,’ says Professor James Walker, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Leeds.
‘These pregnancies fail from the outset and were never destined to succeed.’ Most miscarriages like this happen by eight weeks, although bleeding may not start until three or four weeks later, which is worth remembering in subsequent pregnancies. ‘If a scan at eight weeks shows a healthy heart beat, you have a 95 per cent chance of a successful pregnancy,’ says Professor Walker.
• HORMONAL FACTORS
A hormonal blip could cause a sporadic miscarriage and never be a problem again. However, a small number of women who have long cycles and irregular periods may suffer recurrent miscarriages because the lining of the uterus is too thin, making implantation difficult.
Unfortunately, hormone treatment is not terribly successful.
‘There used to be a trend for progesterone treatment, but trials show this really doesn’t work,’ warns Professor Walker. ‘There is some evidence that injections of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin, a hormone released in early pregnancy) can help, but it’s not the answer for everyone.’ The treatment must be started as soon as the pregnancy is confirmed, at around four or five weeks.
For women over 40, one in four women who become pregnant will miscarry. [One in four women of all ages miscarry, but these figures include women who don’t know that they are pregnant. Of women who do know that they’re pregnant, the figure is one in six. Once you’re over 40, and know that you’re pregnant, the figure rises to one in four]
• AUTO-IMMUNE BLOOD DISORDERS
Around 20 per cent of recurrent miscarriers suffer from lupus or a similar auto-immune disorder that causes blood clots to form in the developing placenta.
A simple blood test, which may need to be repeated several times, can reveal whether or not this is the problem.’One negative test does not mean that a women is okay,’ warns Mr Roy Farquharson, consultant gynaecologist who runs an early pregnancy unit at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Often pregnancy can be a trigger for these disorders, so a test should be done as soon as possible,’ he adds.But it can easily be treated with low dose aspirin or heparin injections, which help to thin the blood and prevent blood clots forming – a recent trial also showed that women do equally well on either. ”We have a 70 per cent live birth rate in women treated for these disorders,’ says Dr Farquharson, ‘which is excellent.’
• OTHER CAUSES
While uterine abnormalities, such as fibroids, can cause a miscarriage, many women have no problems carrying a pregnancy to term. An incompetent cervix can also cause miscarriage at around 20 weeks.
While this can be treated by a special stitch in the cervix, trials suggest it is not particularly successful, although it may delay labour by a few weeks.Gene and chromosomal abnormalities, which can be detected by blood tests, may also cause recurrent miscarriages in a small number of couples.
A procedure known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis can help. After in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), a single cell is taken from the developing embryo and tested for the gene defect. Only healthy embryos are then replaced in the womb.
It is an expensive and stressful procedure – and pregnancy rates tend to be quite low – but for some this is preferable to repeated miscarriages or a genetically abnormal baby.