Gemma Collins has revealed she miscarried during the lockdown.
Speaking to Loose Women on Thursday about her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), Gemma explained that she didn’t realize she was in the middle of a miscarriage and thought she was having pain. heavy periods.
The TOWIE star, 39, who split from boyfriend James Argent last month, told Loose Women she doesn’t want motherhood to be ‘stolen’ from her and admitted losing a baby with ‘someone I loved very much was very heartbreaking’.
Sad news: Gemma Collins revealed she miscarried during lockdown
Gemma, who also miscarried in 2012, told the ITV show: “It was really hard for me in isolation because as you know with my PCOS condition it’s not easy to get over it. got pregnant and had a miscarriage which was really sad during the lockdown period.
She added: “I have suffered from it for 10 years. I started to gain weight when I was 28, my period was everywhere. I had miscarriages.
“I had a very sad miscarriage while on lockdown. Due to PCOS, I just thought I was having an unusually heavy period. I actually left it for 10 days.
“I remember thinking the month before,” Ooh, my breasts look really perky! It’s no secret recently that I have found my breasts so heavy in my life, I will be 40 this year, I will not take them into the next decade with me.
Loss: Speaking on loose women with her Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on Thursday, Gemma explained that she didn’t realize she was in the middle of a miscarriage
‘So I thought,’ Oh, maybe I won’t have the operation, I worked, maybe they lift themselves up a bit. Then, 3 or 4 days after a heavy period, really realizing that it’s not like a usual period … but thinking that a lot has happened lately, maybe my body has been a little stressed.
She explained that it was her sister-in-law who advised her to see a doctor, continuing: “It lasted 10 days between 9am and noon, I put on 10 super healthy towels. Then it was my sister-in-law, not to be graphic, but I had to show her.
“I said, ‘I don’t think that’s normal’. I called my doctor and he said, “You have to go straight to the hospital”. It was very sad. But it makes me realize that, potentially, there is hope for me for the future.
Split: TOWIE star, 39, who split from boyfriend James Argent last month, told Loose Women losing a baby with ‘someone I loved very much was heartbreaking’
Gemma went on to explain that she has since had a series of checkups and revealed that her recent weight loss was due to doctors telling her that she might be able to conceive naturally if she lost the weight.
“I went to see a high level specialist. I got checked out myself and he told me so – that’s why I took a huge weight loss journey this year.
“I did it slowly, it wasn’t a massive quick and fast thing, I want it to stay this time around – he said to me, ‘You don’t have any cysts on your ovaries anymore, that’ is clarified. So we win. You have the syndrome, so you have the symptoms that go with it. But your cervix and everything is great for when you are ready. However, you need to reduce your weight, you need to remove at least two more stones. ” ‘
Traumatic Time: Gemma explained, “I had a very sad miscarriage while on lockdown. Due to PCOS, I just thought I was having an unusually heavy period. I actually left it for 10 days’
And when it comes to that, maybe they could give me something called Clomid which could potentially speed up the process. So I hope that George Clooney will be available around this time.
Gemma confessed, “I pray every night that everything is going well for me. I have been very lucky in my career but my personal life breaks my heart. Having the miscarriage with someone you love very much was very heartbreaking.
When asked if she would use a sperm bank, she said, “My adorable gay besties have all set up for work. But yes, there is this option. You know I have my nephews and I treat them like my own.
Health review: Gemma went on to explain that she has since had a series of checkups and revealed that her recent weight loss was due to doctors telling her that she might be able to conceive naturally
How at least one in six pregnancies end in miscarriage
One in six pregnancies in women who know they are pregnant miscarry.
But even more occurs in women who don’t know they have conceived.
A miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy is lost within the first 23 weeks of conception.
The main symptoms are vaginal bleeding, which may be accompanied by lower abdominal pain.
Women can have a miscarriage for a variety of reasons: It is common and is usually not caused by something they have done.
If a miscarriage occurs in the second trimester – between weeks 14 and 26 – it may be a sign of an underlying problem.
Often, miscarriages are isolated events and women will continue to have successful pregnancies.
The majority of miscarriages cannot be avoided, although being generally healthy will help reduce the risk.
The loss of three or more consecutive pregnancies – called recurrent miscarriages – is rare but still affects about one in 100 women.
But do you know what, if I had to go this route, I would. I have no qualms about it. I am very open and honest. I will have a baby and I want a baby. And also, every mother will know, I want to feel motherhood… I haven’t had the physical experience of being a full time mother. I don’t want that stolen from me in my life, that would be a travesty.
“There are so many great options, like adoption. Madonna did it, Angelina Jolie, the GC could be next. I keep this dream that I will be able to conceive naturally, to be the mom and to give all the love that I have. It’s really the only bad thing in my life [that I haven’t had that]».
Gemma said she would trade her fame for motherhood: “Absolutely, if I could trade my spot with her tomorrow, I would. “
About 40 years old, Gemma said: “I feel like I’m still a spring chicken and I think the 40’s for me I grew a lot, learned a lot, had a lot of life experiences that have given me a wealth of knowledge now.
“My birthday… we are in August, we have already started the first plans. I’m entering my forties in style! It won’t be a silent shindig. It’s going to be “move on J-Lo, there’s going to be a big party in town”. I’m not sad about it, I embrace my 40s.
Gemma recently opened up about her miscarriage in 2012. The reality TV star, who didn’t realize she was pregnant at the time, said the baby “died in front of her” after giving birth four months after the birth. early pregnancy at home upon landing.
Speaking on her podcast, Gemma said, “Shocking things are happening to me, I’m not sure I’ve talked about it yet.
“But I actually gave birth to a child, unfortunately, and basically the child was four months old, basically I miscarried but obviously the baby formed and died in front of me. . “
“I had to go to the hospital and my mother was there. I remember my mom was really upset, I was in shock, I was upset. It was truly a shocking moment for me. But that’s what I’m saying, I can talk about it now. Sometimes things aren’t meant to be.
Dream: Gemma said she would trade her fame for motherhood: “Absolutely, if I could trade my spot with her tomorrow, I would”
“I will never forget it, it was a very traumatic experience because I didn’t know I was pregnant and I literally remember waking up in severe pain and my mother said to me: ‘Gemma, you have to go to the bathroom ‘, and I said to myself: “Honey, this is not …”
‘I mean obviously I couldn’t describe… Look, I’m trying to find the little fun in this bad situation because I think that’s probably one of my coping mechanisms, I’m trying to laugh or to see a brighter side in things even though it was truly traumatic.
“But I remember being completely in shock. I have been through a lot so I feel that in life nothing shocks me.
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?
Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.
Polycystic ovaries contain a large number of harmless follicles up to 8 mm (about 0.3 inch) in size.
Follicles are underdeveloped sacs in which eggs develop. In PCOS, these sacs are often unable to release an egg, which means ovulation does not take place.
It’s difficult to know exactly how many women have PCOS, but it’s believed to be very common, affecting around 1 in 5 women in the UK.
The 3 main characteristics of PCOS are: irregular periods – which means that your ovaries do not regularly release eggs (ovulation) in excess of androgens
– high levels of “male” hormones in your body, which can cause physical signs such as excess polycystic ovaries on the face or body hair
– your ovaries become enlarged and have many bags (follicles) filled with fluid that surround the eggs (but despite the name, you don’t have cysts if you have PCOS)
Source: NHS website