Carmella (real name Leah Van Dale) spoke out about recently losing two pregnancies on the final day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. She revealed on Monday that she had an early miscarriage in September in an Instagram post. She became pregnant again after that loss, but she is currently being treated for an ectopic pregnancy.
Carmella stated that on Saturday she spent 12 hours in the emergency room due to severe pains on her left side. She was found to be pregnant abnormally after tests and ultrasounds.
A fertilized egg that implants and develops outside the uterus’s main cavity is known to result in an ectopic pregnancy. It can cause life-threatening bleeding in pregnant women if left untreated. Julia Ries of Healthline reports that 2% of US pregnancies are ectopic, where a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus.
Carmella said that because not enough people talk about what they’ve gone through, she has decided to share her experience. She wants to help other women who’ve lost someone realize they’re not to blame.
View Carmella’s post below.
I’ve gone back and forth with myself about posting this because I’m not looking for any sort of sympathy, but since today is the last day of Infant Loss Awareness month, I wanted to share my story. Today, I was treated for an ectopic pregnancy. I never thought something like this would happen to me, especially after suffering from an early miscarriage in September. Nothing can prepare you for this news after getting a positive pregnancy test. I was cautiously optimistic this time around after the early loss I had already experienced but was hoping for the best. I spent 12 hours in the ER on Saturday when I started experiencing some sharp pains on my left side. After several tests and ultrasounds, I was given the devastating news that this was, in fact, an abnormal pregnancy. The reason I’m sharing all of this is because in the moment it feels so isolating. Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about this? My husband and I watched [Iliza Shlesinger’s] new comedy special last week and she spoke openly about her miscarriage. I immediately burst into tears. She went on to explain that we should be speaking more openly about this topic so we, as women, don’t blame ourselves and think there’s something wrong with us. I want to do the same. I’m part of this statistic and it’s happening to me. Again, I’m not looking for sympathy, I know I’ll eventually recover from all of this mentally, physically and emotionally. For anyone dealing with ANY type of pregnancy loss, I want you to know your feelings and emotions are valid, there is NOTHING wrong with you and you are not alone.
At this time, our thoughts are with Carmella and her husband Corey Graves.