According to Chrissy Teigen, her prior pregnancy loss, which she initially believed to be a miscarriage, was actually an abortion.

On Thursday, Sept. 15, Teigen revealed, in a discussion at a private event in Beverly Hills, that what she had initially portrayed as a miscarriage in her 20th week of pregnancy that led to the loss of her third child was actually an abortion she had chosen to have in order to preserve her life.

When I was expecting Jack, John, and my third kid two years ago, I had to make a lot of challenging and terrible choices. According to Teigen, who was first quoted by The Hollywood Reporter, “it became very evident around halfway through that he would not live, and that I would not either without any medical assistance.”

Teigen continued, “Let’s just call it what it was: an abortion. “An abortion to save my life for a child that had no chance at all. And to be really honest, I didn’t put that together until a few months ago.

Tiegen tweeted a statement after retweeting the Hollywood Reporter’s report to confirm the description of her speech: “I assumed it was a miscarriage, therefore I told you all that we had one. But since it was an abortion, we simultaneously felt grateful and heartbroken. Just over a year passed before I understood it.”

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Later abortions frequently resemble miscarriages in appearance, according to Dr. Diane Horvath, an OBGYN and abortion specialist who specializes in such care.

“What procedure we employ to offer an abortion later in pregnancy depends on a lot of things, including the patient’s medical history; the gestation of the pregnancy; and the problems that the fetus might have,” Horvath told TODAY Parents. I’m unable to comment on Chrissy Teigen’s experience, but I can say that for the majority of women, having an abortion later on in pregnancy would be the same as inducing labor.

According to Horvath, inducing labor for a viable pregnancy or for a fetus that has already died in utero uses the same drugs and procedure as a later abortion.

She said, “They’re the same.” “Because we know it works and is safe, we want to let the body go through the labor process gradually over a number of days. To induce labor at term for a live pregnancy, we first spend a few days assisting the cervix to open and soften before administering drugs to trigger contractions.

She continued, “It is the same treatment we would provide someone who comes in and has a fetal demise.”

Horvath further says that it is normal for women who had abortions later in pregnancy to consider them losses or miscarriages for a variety of reasons.

She said, “I am entirely supportive of every person’s freedom to identify a miscarriage or an abortion for themselves in a way that makes the most sense to them. There are women who choose to have abortions later in their pregnancies, and for them, it is a loss. They may view it as a miscarriage or a loss of pregnancy. It doesn’t matter to that particular person that we caused the loss through a succession of medications or surgeries; what matters to them is that they are losing a pregnancy. I’ll never disagree with someone’s choice to define their own experience.

In the end, though, Horvath does note that every time a medical professional “performs a labor induction to deliver a pregnancy that we know is not going to survive,” it is medically regarded as an abortion.

She continued, “We’re bringing about a birth and ending a pregnancy that we know won’t result in a live child.” “That is a miscarriage.”

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Model, best-selling cookbook author, and mother of two Tiegen recently revealed she was expecting once more. She said she didn’t realize her “miscarriage” was truly an abortion until she voiced her sadness for the people who would be touched by the Supreme Court repealing Roe v. Wade.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Teigen’s husband, John Legend, told her that she was one of those people when she claimed that she “had sympathy towards those who have an abortion and the conditions they had to go through and the emotional decision ‘they’ had to make.”

Teigen stated at the occasion, “I became silent, feeling odd that I hadn’t made sense of it that way. “I announced that we had miscarried, and everyone else concurred; it was reported in every headline,” the woman added. I felt foolish that it had taken me more than a year to actually comprehend that we had had an abortion, and I got incredibly angry that I hadn’t said what it was in the first place.

While late-term abortions existed before the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, according to Horvath, the aftermath has shown just how similar miscarriages and abortions can appear, medically.

Everything is now suspect since abortion has been made illegal, she said, adding that every miscarriage resembles an abortion and every abortion resembles a miscarriage. “Therefore, I do not in the least hold it against someone if they choose not to disclose that they have had an abortion.

As she continued, Horvath said, “I would love it if people felt free to share about their abortion stories as well as just to see how many people have gone through the same experience and gather solidarity and support and know that there are people who have been through this and you’re not alone.” Although it’s one of the most frequent experiences a person who is capable of becoming pregnant can have, I believe that many individuals who have abortions feel incredibly alone.