British Olympic cyclist Dame Laura Kenny has opened up about her heartbreaking fertility journey to have a sibling for her son, Albie
The five-times Olympic medallist recently revealed that she had suffered a devastating miscarriage and then an ectopic pregnancy when trying with her husband, Jason, for baby number two.
She told how she suffered a miscarriage at nine weeks after falling pregnant following the Tokyo Games.
She then suffered an ectopic pregnancy in January.
Speaking to OK magazine, she said: “It is not until you go through it that you realise how lonely it can be, and I think it was that that made us realise that actually, okay, it was a bad situation to us, but lots of people go through it.
“You wish it never happens to you.”
Laura said she felt opening up about her experience had given many people a chance to share their own stories.
She said: “I think if it gives support to other women, other families, then that was the whole reason I chose to talk about it in the first place.”
In April, she told her 198,000 Instagram followers: “Since the Olympics, we haven’t had much luck and it’s been the hardest few months I’ve ever had to go through. Jason and I fell pregnant immediately after the games and we were absolutely chuffed to bits.
“But unfortunately in November when commentating at the track champions league I miscarried our baby at 9 weeks. I’ve never felt so lost and sad. It felt like a part of me had been torn away.
I grabbed for my safety blanket, bike riding! I found myself back in my happy place training again. I then caught Covid in mid-January and found myself feeling really very unwell. I didn’t have typical covid symptoms and I just felt I needed to go to the hospital.
“A day later I found myself in A&E being rushed to the theatre because I was having an ectopic pregnancy. Scared doesn’t even come close. I lost a fallopian tube that day. I’ve always known I was tough, but sometimes life pushes you to an unbearable limit. If it wasn’t for Jason and Albie getting me through the day-to-day I’d have been broken.”
Laura has revealed she will compete in next month’s Commonwealth Games.
If you have suffered a miscarriage and need support, click here to contact the Miscarriage Association.
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