New Mom Shares the Heartbreaking Time She Miscarried on Live TV

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Being a mom is a wonderful gift, but the road to motherhood isn't always easy. So many of us face losses and hardships we never saw coming. And, because miscarriage and infertility are still such taboo subjects, we bear the weight of those losses alone. That's what former SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh did for so long. But, in a recent Instagram post with her 3-month-old twins, she finally opened up about the heartbreaking struggles she faced while trying to become a mom.


Walsh shared a photo of her twins wearing adorable matching onesies that say, "Good egg."

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She writes in the photo's caption that the onesies were meant to be a funny gift from her mom, but her struggles with infertility actually give them a powerful meaning. Walsh goes on to talk about facing three pregnancy losses, including one she endured on live TV while filming a show for SportsCenter in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She writes:

I arrived in Tuscaloosa almost three months pregnant. I wouldn't return the same way. The juxtaposition of college kids going nuts behind our set, while I was losing a baby on it, was surreal. I was scared, nobody knew I was pregnant, so I did the show while having a miscarriage. On television. My husband had to watch this unfold from more than a thousand miles away, texting me hospital options during commercial breaks.

Sadly, that wasn't the only loss Walsh and her husband faced. The new mom says she had two more "failed pregnancies" and then tried IVF. Walsh writes that after several rounds of IVF, they were "only able to salvage two eggs," which she avoided using for "a long time, because I couldn't bear the idea of all hope being gone."

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Walsh ended up using those two eggs and getting pregnant with twins, but, like so many moms who've suffered losses, she didn't feel free to celebrate just yet. She writes:

I spent a third straight football season pregnant, strategically picking out clothes and standing at certain angles, using scripts to hide my stomach. There would be no baby announcement, no shower, we didn't buy a single thing in preparation for the babies, because I wasn't sure they'd show up. We told very few people we were pregnant, and almost no one there were two. For those that thought I was weirdly quiet about my pregnancy, now you know why.

When Walsh says she hid her pregnancy, she's not exaggerating. On February 3, 2017, the mom shocked fans when she posted the first public photo of her newborn twins, Hutton and Brees. "I never said anything publicly about being pregnant for personal reasons," she wrote in the photo's caption. "There were times we didn't know if we could have a baby. On Monday, we were lucky enough to have two."

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Since Walsh shared her infertility struggles, hundreds of people have left comments on her Instagram to share their stories and thank her for her honesty.



For moms who've walked the difficult, painful road of infertility, Walsh's story is all too familiar. But it's also a source of hope for many who are struggling, and a reminder of why it's so important to have conversations about miscarriage and loss. It's estimated that as many as one in eight couples struggles to conceive. Those who are struggling shouldn't have to face their pain alone.

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