Our heart goes out to Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana, who have sadly suffered a miscarriage at five months into pregnancy with their fifth child.
This is devastating news for anyone, and we thank Gordon Ramsay and his wife for being open to help other families going through similar experiences.
The couple were expecting their fifth child. Ramsay wrote on Facebook:
“We had a devastating weekend as Tana has sadly miscarried our son at five months. We’re together healing as a family, but we want to thank everyone again for all your amazing support and well wishes.”
It is important for couples experiencing pregnancy loss to understand that miscarriages can be avoided only in certain cases. Irrespective of the treatment, some miscarriages may still proceed and the mother, their partner, or their lifestyle are not at fault.
Often miscarriages occurring before the 12th week are due to chromosomal abnormalities with the developing fetus, with research suggesting it affects up to one in five pregnancies.
Miscarriages in the second trimester may be due to issues with the placenta, uterus or the cervix, and corrective measures can only be taken in selected cases for such problems.
There are also certain factors which can increase the risk of miscarriage or contribute to higher risk of complications which include health conditions in the mother including (but not limited to) blood pressure, infections, hormone imbalances, and chronic conditions such as autoimmune disorders or diabetes.
Emotional Support After Miscarriage
Feelings of grief are normal and common after experiencing a miscarriage. Grief and anxiety can extend from both the physical trauma and emotional experience of the loss, together feelings such as guilt, numbness, denial, anger, and disappointment. Emotional experience can affect the mother and partner individually as well as the family unit as a whole.
If people did not know about the pregnancy yet, carrying this burden alone can be difficult. Likewise, for various reasons some people feel that friends or relatives don’t grasp the significance of the loss.
If you have experienced loss and are feeling this way, please consider avenues such as professional support services and support organisations (groups or online) which may give you a sense of comfort and support.