Reality television star Bethenny Frankel, 41, recently came forward with the news that she suffered a devastating miscarriage while eight weeks pregnant with her second child in February. During an episode of her talk show Bethenny on Tuesday (June 19), the former Real Housewives of New York City star discusses the support she has received from other women who have suffered the emotionally crippling effects of a miscarriage.
“It can be different for everybody,” Bethenny says of the heartbreaking ordeal she endured with her hubby Jason Hoppy. “For me, it’s that I’m older. I’m 41. That was ringing in my head and that it’s high-risk. But, I’m lucky to have my first child.”
Although Bethenny admits that she was especially disappointed about losing the baby because she “accidentally found out” from her doctor that she would have had another daughter and imagined her 2-year-old daughter “Bryn running around with another girl,” she also says that she can now truly empathize and relate to other women who have gone through the same thing.
“I’ve honestly had women that I’ve been friends with in the past [tell me] they had a miscarriage,” she explains. “And I kind of didn’t really understand, and I’d say, ‘I’m so sorry that’s terrible.’ But not until you really go through it, do you understand what it means. In your head, it’s a person that could never be. You blame yourself as a woman.
“It was really just something that women were so supportive [about] and it was great to kind of go through that with other women,” she continues. “It’s not really about me and my experience it’s just kind of about being able to talk about it and women knowing that it’s so common and it’s not their fault.”