13 Celeb Moms Who've Opened Up About Miscarriage

Ten to 25 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage, but until recently, many women didn't speak openly about their experiences.

While many moms keep their road to pregnancy private, others are very open about their struggles, in hopes of helping women in similar situations. The latest, General Hospital's Kimberly McCullough, broke the news in a heartfelt post to her personal blog. We've rounded up 13 celeb moms who've shared details about their struggles with miscarriages on the road to parenthood.

Mariah Carey
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Mariah Carey

The birth of twins Moroccan and Monroe brought much joy to Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, particularly after experiencing a miscarriage five years ago. Mariah explained that they learned they had lost their previous baby during the holidays, saying, "It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult. When that happened . . . I wasn’t able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy."

Beyoncé
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Beyoncé

Following the birth of baby Blue Ivy, Jay-Z rapped about his love for his new daughter and the miscarriage Beyoncé suffered earlier in his instant hit, "Glory." Midway through the song, he rapped, "Last time the miscarriage was so tragic, we was afraid you disappeared . . . false alarms and false starts . . . all the pain of the last time, prayed so hard it was the last time."

A year later, Beyoncé reflected back on her miscarriage experience in an upcoming HBO documentary, saying, "About two years ago, I was pregnant for the first time and I heard the heartbeat, which was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life. I picked out names, I envisioned what my child would look like . . . I was feeling very maternal. I flew back to New York to get my checkup — and no heartbeat. Literally the week before I went to the doctor, everything was fine, but there was no heartbeat.

"I went into the studio and wrote the saddest song I've ever written in my life. And it was actually the first song I wrote for my album. And it was the best form of therapy for me, because it was the saddest thing I've ever been through."

Bethenny Frankel
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Bethenny Frankel

During an interview on The Today Show, Bethenny Frankel revealed that she had recently had a miscarriage after eight weeks of pregnancy. "That was a very emotional experience. Until you become a woman, you don't know the things that come with it." She added, "I have thought about other women more than myself. I can't believe what people go through if they can't even have the one."

Kirstie Alley
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Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley ties her 1990 miscarriage to her years-long battle with her weight. In her 2005 book How to Lose Your Ass & Regain Your Life: Reluctant Confessions of a Big-Butted Star the actress wrote:

When the baby was gone, I just didn't really get over it. Neither did my body. I so thoroughly convinced my body that it was still pregnant after nine months that I had milk coming from my breasts. I was still fat, I was still grieving, and I had just been told it was very possible I would never be able to have children. Fat, childless, with little hope for any future children . . . that's when I began to get fat.

Brooke Shields
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Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields learned she had miscarried while waiting to walk on stage to perform with Muppets characters. She wrote in Down Came the Rain that she received a call from her doctor and just crumbled. She said, "We were crushed. Up till then, I thought simply because it was time and I wanted to have a baby, it would work." Shields went on to give birth to Rowan Francis, 9, and Grier Hammond, 6.

Nicole Kidman
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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has spoken openly about the miscarriage she suffered in the midst of filing for divorce from Tom Cruise, but in an interview with Vanity Fair, she revealed an earlier baby loss. She said, "From the minute Tom and I were married, I wanted to have babies. And we lost a baby early on, so that was really very traumatic. And that's when we would adopt Bella."

Emma Thompson
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Emma Thompson

The British star of the stage and screen spoke openly about her trouble getting pregnant after her daughter, Gaia, was born. Emma Thompson said, "There's been an awful lot of grief to get through in not being able to get pregnant again, but there are thousands and thousands of women like me who can't have children."

Celine Dion
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Celine Dion

Celine Dion was extremely forthcoming about her miscarriage on the road to conceiving twin sons Nelson and Eddy in 2010. While still undergoing IVF treatments, Celine Dion spoke with Oprah Winfrey about the process. "They said that I was pregnant, and a couple of days after, we were not pregnant again. We didn't want to feel like we were playing yo-yo. 'I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I'm pregnant. I'm not pregnant.' So we didn't want to do this thing. But we did have a miscarriage . . . I never gave up. But I can tell you that it was physically and emotionally exhausting.”

Courteney Cox
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Courteney Cox

While portraying Monica Geller on Friends and working through her character's infertility issues, Courteney Cox was facing her own trouble conceiving a child. After suffering several miscarriages before becoming pregnant with Coco, Courteney Cox said, "I get pregnant pretty easily, but I have a hard time keeping them."

Michelle Duggar
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Michelle Duggar

Michelle Duggar, who was pregnant with her 20th child two years ago, suffered a miscarriage five months into her pregnancy. She became the subject of controversy after showing photos of the miscarried tot at the lil one's memorial service.

Hugh Jackman and Deborah Furness
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Hugh Jackman and Deborah Furness

Hugh Jackman's wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, suffered two miscarriages before the couple decided to adopt Oscar, 12, and Ava, 7. The star said, "I hope Deb doesn’t mind me saying so, but that was a tough, tough time."

Gwyneth Paltrow
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Gwyneth Paltrow

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday's You magazine, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she was pregnant with a third child, but then miscarried. The mom of two, Apple and Moses, said, "My children ask me to have a baby all the time. And you never know, I could squeeze one more in. I am missing my third. I'm thinking about it." She went on to explain, "I had a really bad experience when I was pregnant with my third. It didn't work out and I nearly died. So I am like, 'Are we good here, or should we go back and try again?'"

Kimberly McCullough
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Kimberly McCullough

General Hospital star Kimberly McCullough broke the news of her pregnancy and her miscarriage in a heartfelt post on her personal blog. Writing about the sadness she experienced throughout the year — including the death of her beloved dog — Kimberly candidly shared:

"My heart was so full and then it broke. It was too much. I didn’t need to learn this lesson. I wasn’t interested. But I wasn’t in control. These things happen and no, I don’t believe they happen ‘for a reason.’ I’m still processing, still healing, but anyone who has gone through it knows, losing a baby at 22 weeks is tragic. One thing I am proud of however was that I allowed myself to be happy and to relish the moment. I sat in all that goodness and I can recall those feelings (when I’m having different ones) and hope that it can be like that again.”