Actress Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect”) opened up about her struggles with fertility and its emotional toll.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Wilson said she got some “bad news” and wanted to share it with her followers. Though Wilson did not elaborate on this particular news, she said it related to her fertility issues.
“I got some bad news today and didn’t have anyone to share it with … but I guess I gotta tell someone. To all the women out there struggling with fertility, I feel ya. The universe works in mysterious ways and sometimes it all doesn’t make sense … but I hope there’s light about to shine through all the dark clouds,” she said.
As Wilson received an outpouring of support from fans and followers, she thanked everyone for their well-wishes.
“Just wanted to say I woke up this morning and read through everyone’s kind messages and stories about their journeys and I can’t tell you how much that meant to me and has made me feel a lot better today. Social media for the win here in terms of creating connection when I was in a very lonely place. So thank you everyone,” she added.
This past November, Wilson told E! Online she struggles with polycystic ovary syndrome, which causes weight gain.
“It’s just a hormone imbalance and you gain a lot of weight usually and that’s how it manifested in me. Sometimes I feel sad, but then at the same time, I worked my body to my advantage. I like being all sizes,” she said.
Wilson did not specify if her fertility issues have come with any miscarriages. Nevertheless, the pain of losing a child through a miscarriage has become a center-stage discussion in recent years, with New Zealand recently approving of paid leave in the wake of a miscarriage. According to Elizabeth Leis-Newman, the grief of losing a child through a miscarriage is about the same for most couples as losing a child in their infancy regardless of how long the woman was pregnant, an issue that the public has increasingly become more aware of in recent years.
“Another common misunderstanding about miscarriage is that a woman will experience less grief if she loses the baby early in her pregnancy. But most researchers have not been able to find an association between the length of gestation and intensity of grief, anxiety or depression… A woman who has lost her child at 11 weeks may be as distraught as a woman who has lost her child at 20 weeks …” Newman wrote in her book “Miscarriage and Loss,” as reported by Seleni.
“The assumption that women emotionally attach in proportion to the length of the pregnancy is not always true,” wrote Donna Rother in her book “Attachment in Pregnancy.” “Eighty percent of pregnancy losses are first trimester miscarriages. Women often don’t tell others about their pregnancy during the first trimester and may try to ‘keep from getting too excited’ due to fears about a loss. However, a woman who miscarries at 8 weeks’ gestation may experience it as the loss of a child and grieve it as such, while someone else may have a later loss and experience it with less intensity.”