Jill Layton
September 18, 2016 8:01 am
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Miscarriage is a subject that isn’t often talked about, and because of that, it’s widely believed that’s it’s uncommon. But it’s not. Miscarriages  happen in 10 to 25 percent of pregnancies, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

It’s a devastatingly emotional and painful process to endure alone — without a community of people to offer support.

Which is why we’re so thankful that How I Met Your Mother actress Ashley Williams has opened up about her recent miscarriage and the stigma surrounding it.

Last Friday, Williams wrote about her experience for the The Human Development Project with the hopes of normalizing it. Because it unfortunately is a part of life.

Williams had a miscarriage while grabbing pizza from Whole Foods with her almost two-year-old son.

She immediately knew what was happening.

The most surprising part about having miscarriage for Williams was that it happens to one in four women her age, according to her midwife. Which means that 25 percent of her friends would be experiencing the same trauma she just experienced — so why wasn’t she prepared?

She reached out to some of her friends and discovered that many of them had also miscarried at least once. But they never openly discussed it.

Perhaps because most miscarriages occur before 12 week gestation, and at that point, you probably haven’t told many people to begin with. But Williams believes the reason is much deeper than that.

And she’s doing something about it, and we’re completely on board.

We love you, Ashley. Thank you for sharing your story.