Jaime King's Honesty About 5 Miscarriages Gives Hope to So Many (PHOTO)

jaime kingHart of Dixie star and new mom Jaime King surprised people recently when she came forward with the intense fertility issues she had before giving birth to her son, James. In a lengthy and candid Instagram post, King revealed that she had five miscarriages before conceiving her now 9-month-old baby, and that she struggled with mystery health issues for eight years before getting -- and staying -- pregnant. King's note is shockingly honest, incredibly touching, and it prompted many women to share the problems they've encountered with fertility, as well -- which is exactly what Jaime wanted. The hashtags King used to accompany her post -- #youarenotalone #ihavetobebravetosupportothers #realtalkthatterrifiesus -- show exactly why she chose to share such a traditionally-private and personal matter.

A snippet of King's beautiful post reads:

8 yrs of pain & undiagnosed PSOC & Endometriosis, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUIs, most with no outcome, 4-1/2 years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home.

From reality shows to Instagram and Twitter posts to celebrities getting pregnant with seeming ease well past the age of 40, we've come to think that the rich and famous are without problems. And there's a reason for that -- they only share tiny snippets of their lives, and it's these snippets that the rest of the world winds up looking up to and aspiring to have. But clearly, as King shows, there's a lot more going on behind the curtain.

Many women feel that their journey to get pregnant is a private one -- and that's completely fine, and quite frankly, hard to argue with -- but it's always refreshing when women so many people look up to open up about their fertility problems. It isn't that celebrities aren't entitled to privacy, not at all; but again, so many women idolize these people, and hearing that they, too, had problems getting pregnant may help "regular women" feel less lonely. Maybe even empowered?

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I applaud King's decision to come forth and talk about what she went through to have her son -- it certainly isn't for everyone. Hers is a painful story, but one that will likely give hope to women who are in a similar situation and let them know, like her hashtag says, that they're not alone.

Do you think fertility issues are a private matter?


Images via Jaime King/Instagram

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Brandie N Blizzard

Yes but only if you want them to be. I think coming out and sharing your stories helps a lot of other women who are dealing with the same things.

 Personally I know pcos is an evil bitch. I love it every time I hear that someone has a baby with pcos. Myself included. I went up against pcos for years and won twice. I also had a life threatening ectopic that a dr ignored. I found a great dr who found it and saved me. If you want to win against pcos, a great dr is a definate must have.

Good for Jaimie King. I have never watched her shows but I definately support her and have felt her pain.

Brandie N Blizzard

I fixed all of the misspelled words in this and it didnt work. I know how to spell I swear. I know thats a no no in cm world lol

mrsary mrsary

Jaime Pressley??

Megan Heather Swanek

I can only imagine how tough 8 years of TTC would be. Gearing up for my second round of ivf: http://www.fertilityauthority.com/blog/megan-dewitt/2014/7/24/my-journey-ivf-cycle-number-two

nonmember avatar Kate

It's PCOS, not PSOC.

nonmember avatar Kate

I went through the same thing with PCOS. I went through several losses b4 finally becoming pregnant with the help of fertility drugs and a great doc. 21 months after my first daughter was born we got pregnant again with our second beautiful girl. This time without the help of fertility drugs. Unfortunately, the good fortune was not to last because I lost another one in late May. We hope to have a third, but we are so grateful for the two we have now. I know what it is like to struggle and wonder if I would ever become a mom. Don't give up. Its hard and it sucks but so well worth it in the end. Btw it took my husband and I 5 years of struggling and heart ache and tears b4 our miracle came along. Always hold on to hope, even when it seems there is none left.

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