Chrissy Teigen reveals her miscarriage was an abortion: 'Let’s just call it what it was'

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Chrissy Teigen has opened up about losing her son, Jack, when she was just 20 weeks pregnant, revealing that his passing was actually the result of an abortion.

Speaking at the A Day of Unreasonable Conversation summit at Beverly Hills' Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts,  the 36-year-old stated that Jack's death - originally revealed by Teigen to be a miscarriage - was the result of a life-saving abortion, which she actually didn't realize at the time.

"Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John, and my third child, I had to make a lot of difficult and heartbreaking decisions. It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn't either without any medical intervention," she told the crowd, per The Hollywood Reporter.

The pregnant mom-of-two originally wrote on her Instagram page at the time of her pregnancy loss: "We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough."

Legend and Teigen had also detailed that Jack's death was due to complications from a partial placenta eruption - this occurs when the placenta detaches from the womb, causing the unborn baby to suffer oxygen deprivation and the mother to have heavy bleeding.

At the time of the Instagram post, Teigen and Legend were commended by fans on their honesty and transparency surrounding what is often a mentally and physically painful experience - with many people commenting that the pair had inadvertently helped other couples going through the same thing.

Teigen, who shares two children - Luna, 6, and Miles, 4 - with Legend, said that she only mentally registered that she had an abortion in the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned in June.

She said: "Let's just call it what it was: It was an abortion. An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never, ever put that together until, actually, a few months ago."
The former model, who is currently pregnant, then added that she felt sympathy for the emotional decisions women must make when terminating their pregnancies - with Legend helping her realize that she was included in this percentage of women.

"I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn't made sense of it that way. I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage," she shared with the audience, before stating: "And I became really frustrated that I didn't, in the first place, say what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to actually understand that we had had an abortion."

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Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, were commended on their honesty and openness surrounding the death of their son at 20 weeks in 2020. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Earlier this week, Teigen had opened up to People magazine about the optimism she feels about her current pregnancy, saying that while "it still hurts," she thinks that "miracles are just always happening, and there are so many ways to make them happen."

She also admitted that she was determined to show the difficult side of her pregnancy, as she is aware being pregnant is often depicted on social media as being rather easy, telling the outlet: "It was always important to me to share the other side of the story for people. And it's just really nice to have people come up and appreciate it and to be able to be that story of hope for them."

Featured image credit: AFF / Alamy

Chrissy Teigen reveals her miscarriage was an abortion: 'Let’s just call it what it was'

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Chrissy Teigen has opened up about losing her son, Jack, when she was just 20 weeks pregnant, revealing that his passing was actually the result of an abortion.

Speaking at the A Day of Unreasonable Conversation summit at Beverly Hills' Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts,  the 36-year-old stated that Jack's death - originally revealed by Teigen to be a miscarriage - was the result of a life-saving abortion, which she actually didn't realize at the time.

"Two years ago, when I was pregnant with Jack, John, and my third child, I had to make a lot of difficult and heartbreaking decisions. It became very clear around halfway through that he would not survive, and that I wouldn't either without any medical intervention," she told the crowd, per The Hollywood Reporter.

The pregnant mom-of-two originally wrote on her Instagram page at the time of her pregnancy loss: "We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough."

Legend and Teigen had also detailed that Jack's death was due to complications from a partial placenta eruption - this occurs when the placenta detaches from the womb, causing the unborn baby to suffer oxygen deprivation and the mother to have heavy bleeding.

At the time of the Instagram post, Teigen and Legend were commended by fans on their honesty and transparency surrounding what is often a mentally and physically painful experience - with many people commenting that the pair had inadvertently helped other couples going through the same thing.

Teigen, who shares two children - Luna, 6, and Miles, 4 - with Legend, said that she only mentally registered that she had an abortion in the wake of Roe v Wade being overturned in June.

She said: "Let's just call it what it was: It was an abortion. An abortion to save my life for a baby that had absolutely no chance. And to be honest, I never, ever put that together until, actually, a few months ago."
The former model, who is currently pregnant, then added that she felt sympathy for the emotional decisions women must make when terminating their pregnancies - with Legend helping her realize that she was included in this percentage of women.

"I fell silent, feeling weird that I hadn't made sense of it that way. I told the world we had a miscarriage, the world agreed we had a miscarriage, all the headlines said it was a miscarriage," she shared with the audience, before stating: "And I became really frustrated that I didn't, in the first place, say what it was, and I felt silly that it had taken me over a year to actually understand that we had had an abortion."

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Chrissy Teigen and her husband, John Legend, were commended on their honesty and openness surrounding the death of their son at 20 weeks in 2020. Credit: ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy

Earlier this week, Teigen had opened up to People magazine about the optimism she feels about her current pregnancy, saying that while "it still hurts," she thinks that "miracles are just always happening, and there are so many ways to make them happen."

She also admitted that she was determined to show the difficult side of her pregnancy, as she is aware being pregnant is often depicted on social media as being rather easy, telling the outlet: "It was always important to me to share the other side of the story for people. And it's just really nice to have people come up and appreciate it and to be able to be that story of hope for them."

Featured image credit: AFF / Alamy