Megan Gale has opened up about how she's coping with pregnancy after miscarriage.
The Australian supermodel revealed she had suffered a miscarriage in 2016, when she graced the cover of InStyle's February issue. Then, three weeks ago, she revealed she is expecting baby number two with her boyfriend, Shaun Hampson, after welcoming their son River into the world back in 2014
"The pregnancy is going well," she tells Mamamia in a new interview. "In some ways it is different to my first [pregnancy] because of the experience of going through a miscarriage. I was very conscious to not put a lot of pressure on myself or Shaun or us or as a couple [to fall pregnant again] and let it happen organically. We very were lucky that it happened so quickly.
"But there is a little bit of a difference. With my first pregnancy, I knew there were complications but I didn't worry about it as much. With this pregnancy, I have been waiting for every scan and waiting on the edge of my seat for each one to pass," she said. "I try not to let nerves and stress play a role in it all, but you can't help but wonder - what if it happens again? Shaun spoke about it as a couple and we agreed, whatever will be will be."
As for sharing the news with the public, Megan said she is relieved to have made the announcement.
"I wasn't nervous announcing it. On the one hand you're very happy to be at the point where you're safe and secure enough to be able to announce it," she says. "When you're in the public eye, you want to let people know what's going on rather than have people speculate. To go under that scrutiny before you're ready is a little bit unfair."
The mother-of-one covered InStyle in February, where she bravely spoke about her miscarriage for the firs time.
“It took us six months with River…so we thought, let’s try around April and see what happens. I found out in May and I was so thrilled it had happened so quickly," she told us.
Then Gale fell ill. “I had a cold, flu, I got laryngitis, I had a chest infection—it just got worse and worse. I was so bummed because I’d been so looking forward to doing this job and I loved working with Foxtel and loved the show (Australia's Next Top Model) I wanted to be firing on all cylinders, and I was probably firing on half a cylinder.”
After a reassuring six-week scan, Gale scheduled her next obstetric appointment to fall just before she jetted to Milan with the final four Top Model contestants but, as the weeks progressed, something didn’t feel right.
“I can’t put my finger on it—there was no physical change or a sign or symptom…[I wondered] if I was being overprotective and paranoid, or if something was wrong.” She recalls feeling “nervous and horrible” on the morning of her next scan, but “I just wanted to go and see that bub was okay.” She remembers, “I hopped up on the table and [my obstetrician] put the ultrasound on my tummy. He just kept moving it and not saying anything and I started to feel sick.” After also completing an internal ultrasound, her specialist broke the news. “He was quiet, and then he just said, ‘I’m so sorry, it’s gone.’ ”
"There was a risk of it getting out and spreading like wildfire, and I wasn’t prepared to deal with everyone knowing,” Gale explains of why she waited to reveal her family's pain.
“Anything surrounding your conception as a woman, as a couple, is extremely intimate, and it needs to be handled delicately…I feel absolutely passionate about it—especially now with what we’ve gone through—because I’d always get asked ‘When are you going to have a baby?’ And when I’d had River, ‘When are you going to have another baby?’ I lose count how many times a week—whether it’s in an interview, whether it’s friends, family, someone at the supermarketI don’t know… it happens [to women] everywhere. It’s such a personal question, and what makes it that much harder to answer is when you’ve been through some kind of hurdle with conception.”
Megan shared some clips from her important interview, which you can see below: