Tuesday 23 July 2019

'Why should you have to go through that on your own?' - Comedian Chris Ramsey opens up about the pain of miscarriage

Comedian Chris Ramsey has revealed his wife’s miscarriage heartache (Ian West/PA)
Comedian Chris Ramsey has revealed his wife’s miscarriage heartache (Ian West/PA)

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Press Association

British comedian Chris Ramsey has opened up about the miscarriage that he and his actress wife Rosie Winter suffered last year.

Ramsey said that it’s important to be “open” about such a tough time, since so many people go through the same experience.

In Ireland, an estimated 14,000 women have a miscarriage every year. 

"That was a very tough time for both of us, but we wanted to be open about it and share the experience, which happens to so many people,” he told PA this week.

“It's affected me massively. Some days, you find yourself down - you'll be watching TV and someone's pregnant, or you see a friend on Facebook has had a baby and you just get a little twinge of what you haven't got. It'll be hard in March when the baby was due, but we'll get through it.”

The couple, who have a son Robin together, are supporting each other through the tough time, he said. 

"Rosie and I support each other, love each other very much, and something like that happening puts all your little worries into perspective. We have one healthy, thriving little boy, and what doesn't pull you apart makes you even closer, so we'll be all right.”

Ramsey said the idea of waiting to share news of a pregnancy until 12 weeks gestation is “antiquated”, and “if and when” they get pregnant again, they’ll share their news straight away.

"If and when we get pregnant again, we're going to announce it from the first pregnancy test. Of course, it's down to personal choice, but to me it seems a really antiquated approach that you can't say anything about being pregnant until about 12 weeks, just in case it goes tits up. Then if it does, you just have to brush it under the carpet and carry on. I don't think it's healthy to bottle it up, and why should you have to go through that on your own?"

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