• Clodagh Meaney

Gemma Collins breaks stigma by opening up about miscarriage

Miscarriages are often shrouded in secrecy despite 1 in 5 pregnancies ending that way.

Reality TV star Gemma Collins has opened up about suffering a miscarriage.

The 39-year-old spoke out about her trauma, breaking stigma surrounding miscarriages.

On her BBC podcast, The Gemma Collins Podcast, she discussed giving birth in 2012, 16 weeks into a pregnancy that she was unaware of.

"I’ve had some shocking things happen to me, I’m not sure I’ve spoken about this before," she said.

"But I actually gave birth to a child, sadly, and basically the child was four months old, basically I had a miscarriage but obviously the baby was formed and it died in front of me."

"I had to go to the hospital and my mum was there. I can remember my mum being really upset, I was in shock, I was upset," she continued.

"That was really a shocking moment for me. But this is what I’m saying, I can talk about it now."

"Things sometimes are not meant to be," Gemma said.

She recalled waking up one morning with severe pains, saying she will never forget the traumatising experience.

"I’ll never forget it, it was a very traumatising experience because I didn’t know I was pregnant and literally I remember waking up with severe pains and my mum said to me, ‘Gemma you need to go to the toilet,’ and I was like, ‘Honey, this is not…’ I mean obviously I couldn’t describe…"

Gemma said although she was in shock at the time, she's been through a lot in life.

"So anything you could tell me now wouldn’t shock me because I’ve been through a lot and dealt with a lot but I’m grateful for those experiences because I can sit here today and relay them to other people."

Gemma spoke about her devastating miscarriage back in 2016 on Channel 5's show In Therapy.

She revealed how she miscarried at home before being rushed to hospital.

"I rang an ambulance. I ended up giving birth on my landing to this four and a half month old baby."

"The next minute they put me in the ambulance and this woman is going to me, 'Do you want to bury your baby? Do you want to sign it over for scientific research?'"

That night, Gemma attended the National Television Awards with her The Only Way is Essex co-stars.

"I had loads of padding on because I was bleeding heavily, but to the outside world they wouldn't know."

If you have been affected by any of the themes of this article, please reach out:

The Miscarriage Association of Ireland

10am - 12pm - 086 8930748

8pm-10pm - 087 0925568

Samaritans - 116 123

Pieta House - 1800 247 247

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