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Laura Kenny shares the pain and despair of a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy

Dame Laura Kenny said being open about going through a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy has led to others going through the same

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Laura and Jason Kenny receive titles at Windsor Castle in May

Dame Laura Kenny is showing us a photo on her phone. Looking radiant in a yellow Jenny Packham gown, she was standing outside Windsor Castle with her husband, cyclist Sir Jason Kenny and their four-year-old son Albie, after accepting the championship.

“Deep down, I’d rather it be Prince William if I could choose any other royal than the Queen,” Laura said, still giddy from last month’s ceremony, in which Jason was also given the honor. knighted for his services to cyclists.

“Will said he saw my Instagram post about my miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. I didn’t expect that. ”

The five-time Olympic gold medalist returned to the top in April at the cycling championship in Derby, the first time since taking home the gold at the Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. was a bittersweet moment because Laura and Jason were once trying to have a baby, knowing her chances of getting pregnant were running out so she wanted to compete in Paris 2024. The day after they returned from Japan, The 30-year-old player quit smoking and the couple were overjoyed when they found out Laura was pregnant. one month later.







Dame Laura Kenny shared about going through a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy
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Laura (née Trott) and Jason, 34, keep the news to themselves. They plan to announce pregnancy after 12 weeks, when the risk of miscarriage is significantly reduced. That means in November, when she miscarried at nine weeks – as Laura revealed in the heartbreaking post referenced by Prince William – she had no one to turn to but Jason, who was also in pain. sad.

Laura recalls: “I was about to fly to Majorca to comment for Eurosport and started bleeding the night before. “I called my midwife, who reassured me that some women bleed throughout their entire pregnancy. Stupidly, I convinced myself to get on the plane. Jason begged me to reconsider and asked if he could come with me and I told him no. But after I left, the bleeding became more and more frequent.”

The next day, Laura stood up to comment. The pain in her stomach was severe and she was forced to confide in a cyclist friend, who took her to the hospital. She had an internal scan and was told she was 4-5 weeks pregnant, which she knew was impossible. “They just looked at me like a young girl who had misplaced the date and sent me home.”







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After three days apart, she was reunited with Jason and Albie at their home in Knutsford, Cheshire, where she gave birth later that day.

“I had 10 minutes of absolute pain,” she said. “I was bleeding at an unbelievable rate, then my stomach really started to hurt and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I think I’m really going to give birth’ – and then I did. so. This is terrible “.

Although a fifth of pregnancies in the UK end in miscarriage, the stigma surrounding the loss of a baby is still rife, leaving many women feeling guilty, as if it were their fault, and so they suffered in silence.







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“It took me a long time to process grief. We always say that whenever our dogs die, we bury them under a tree in our garden. We did it with rabbits recently and it made me feel better, so Jase said, ‘Why don’t we get a tree for the baby?’ He said he thought it would make me feel better. So when I came home one night, he brought me a little angel and a rose tree in memory of our baby. It helped me move on. “

The couple, who married in 2016, overcame grief to bring Albie to Lapland in December, but are under pressure if they want to try again.

Laura’s cut-off date was January 1, then she felt it was too late to have a second child before the 2024 Summer Olympics. She said: “My period came on January 1 and it was similar. like fate.

What Laura didn’t know was that she was pregnant again – but the pregnancy was ectopic. “I started feeling really unwell on January 7th,” she explains. “Me and Jason both have Covid but my symptoms are really bad. The next day, I took a pregnancy test to rule out a cause – and the result was positive. That’s when I knew something was wrong and we went straight to A&E.”

Computed tomography confirmed an ectopic pregnancy. Laura said: “They took me for a blood test. “They were looking for the pregnancy hormone HCG and I got through the roof, meaning I was further than I expected – I’m seven weeks. They said it was an emergency because it was rupturing my fallopian tubes. I will be next on the operating table. “







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Laura had keyhole surgery to remove the ectopic pregnancy but doctors were unable to save her fallopian tubes.

“That means it’s harder to get pregnant naturally but doesn’t cut your chances in half because the other fallopian tube will realize it needs to catch up,” she says.

Laura hopes that by sharing her story, she can bring comfort to others who have suffered the loss of a baby.

“When I started racing again, I felt it was the right time to tell everyone, so I wrote a post saying that my victory could not have been without its struggle. I get a ton of responses – my Instagram gets tense and I have thousands of messages from women and men coming to me saying they too will suffer in silence. Six or seven athletes also come forward, which is comforting to me because I feel less like a failure.”

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