'It's been an emotional roller coaster' Shawn Johnson opens up about miscarriage

Monday, October 23, 2017 12:58PM
The Olympic medalist announced that she and her spouse Andrew East found out they were expecting a child, but suffered a miscarriage days later.


Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson shared her heartbreaking story of miscarriage in a Youtube video.

The 25-year-old announced Saturday that she and her spouse Andrew East, 26, were expecting a child, but suffered a miscarriage two days later.

"The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life. We feel like a lot of people go through this, so we wanted to share it," Johnson says in the opening moments of the video, which had been viewed more than 1.5 million times.



The 20-minute video shows clips Johnson filmed when she first found out she was pregnant and into the days that followed. The Olympian walked viewers through her reaction to the positive pregnancy tests. "My instant reaction was to start bawling out of sheer terror," she said. "I'm gonna be a mom. I have a human growing inside of me. What?!"

In the next few days, Johnson started having "really bad stomach pains and a lot of bleeding." After visiting the doctor, Johnson learned she was six weeks pregnant and had a miscarriage. The doctor emphasized that it was not her fault and that miscarriage is incredibly common.

"It's been an emotional roller coaster," she said. "You go from shock to 'holy crap' to 'I can't do this' to 'let's do this.' And now it's like 'pray to God I can do this.'"

East offered his support and noted, "Shawn is very brave to share all this stuff, so let's respect that and give her props."
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