Nadia Sawalha has opened up on her miscarriage as she advised on how to speak with people about the loss of a child.
Friday’s episode of Loose Women saw Nadia, Kaye Adams, Judi Love and Sunetra Sarker discuss the difficult subject, following Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez’s loss of their twin baby boy during birth.
Nadia, who has previously spoken about suffering miscarriages, shared a particularly difficult memory with the panel and viewers as she called for an open conversation about grieving a child.
The star revealed that, with one miscarriage, she went home with her husband to have ‘the labour’ at her house.
Nadia had shared the news with family and friends as soon as she learned she was pregnant, which meant ‘I could also share the loss.’
‘The loss was terrible,’ she said. ‘I had a… it’s not really a – but no, I did, I had a labour at home.
‘And there was a foetus. And it was like “What do I do with it?” Because it was a foetus, and I was like “What do I do with it? Can I save this?”‘
She went on: ‘This might be shocking… I put [the foetus] in the freezer.
‘What was I supposed to do? I’m at home, I can’t put it down the toilet… this is my baby.’
Recalling the ‘terrible’ experience, Nadia said: ‘It was so tiny. And we did have a burial for it and we put a tree up and we did all of that. And it was really meaningful for me.
‘I’m very lucky. It’s not the same for everybody.’
She added that ‘nobody should ever say’ to someone who suffers a miscarriage that they should ‘just try again.’
‘It’s just dismissing the meaning of that pregnancy,’ she explained.
Nadia also advised against asking how far along the pregnancy was, as ‘the meaning of joy is there’ from the start.
The talk show panelist opened up following Cristiano and Georgina’s tragic loss of their son last week as they also welcomed a baby girl.
Cristiano and his family have since returned home, with the Manchester United icon thanking everyone for their support over the past few days.
The footballer wrote: ‘Home sweet home. Gio and our baby girl are finally together with us. We want to thank everyone for all the kind words and gestures.
‘Your support is very important and we all felt the love and respect that you have for our family. Now it’s time to be grateful for the life that we’ve just welcomed into this world.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.
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