Meghan McCain Opens up about how surprised she was with the emotional toll her miscarriage took on her. She shares her story to help other women going through the same situation.
" co-host,Meghan McCain
sat down for a candid interview with "Good Morning America
" to discuss the emotional struggles she went through, followinga miscarriage in July
She starts her interview by admitting that she wants to talk about losing her baby girl because it's something a lot of people don't like to talk about openly.
She says the word "miscarriage" often comes with societal stigma, shame and sadness attached to it. She feels that because of this, she finds it necessary to speak out instead of keeping quiet about it.
Meghan reveals, her father, John McCain's death in August 2018, and her miscarriage months later was a very strange time for her because she faced a lot of tragedy and death in just under a year.
Meghan McCain, weeps over the casket of her father, Sen. John McCain, during a memorial service, on August 29, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona | Source: Jae C. Hong - Pool/Getty Images
"I always describe it as the inverse of losing my dad, because my dad was the ending of a beautiful, long-lived life and I grieve that, and the way I grieved having a miscarriage and grieved my daughter was what could have been, and grieving that part," Meghan explains.
She says the emotional toll this all took on her hit her a lot harder than she had expected because at that point in her life she never thought about a miscarriage, let alone getting pregnant until she lost her baby.
The talk show host hopes that for women dealing with the emotional toll of a miscarriage, that people learn to treat the experience like any other loss people grieve over. However, she admits:
"I feel like as a society we are nowhere near to where we need to be talking about grief and death and loss."
"Thank you for so many beautiful and kind responses to my New York Times @nytimes op-ed about my recent miscarriage. Ben and I are the luckiest, most incredibly blessed people in the world surrounded by love and support."
"My hope is by continuing to share grief and loss, and addressing these taboo subjects head on it will help people who have experienced the same to feel less alone," she says.
Meghan and her husband, Ben Domenech have been married since 2017. The couple have no children together. She says going through a miscarriage as someone without children made it a lot harder.