Actress Elizabeth Hendrickson (Chloe, THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS) recently announced her pregnancy, but a couple of days later, she revealed that this was not the first pregnancy she has experienced. "Two years ago in early October, I found out I was pregnant with our first child," she confided on Instagram. "I was in shock. It was not planned. I was excited, but also scared. I wasn't sure if I was ready but knew I was with the person I wanted to have a child with so I came around quickly. Shortly after, I experienced my first miscarriage. It was also a shock as it had all come and gone so quickly.
"A few months later, I was pregnant again," Hendrickson continued. "I was more prepared for the positive result and so thankful to get pregnant so quickly also for being in my late 30s. On the day of my first scheduled doctor's appointment at eight weeks, I started experiencing the same cramps as last time. It was awful. Painful. Emotionally and physically."
Experiencing two miscarriages led Hendrickson to question herself, but she soon found out she wasn't alone. "I felt discouraged, incompetent, and started having doubts in myself if I was ever meant to be a mother," she confessed. "I didn't know how common it was until I started talking about it more openly with my friends and even with women I wasn't that close with at my business. It helped immensely. The stories that other women shared made me realize I was not alone and at times I felt guilty talking about it when I heard about those who had miscarriages much later than I or had given birth to stillborns.
"Talk about your experiences," Hendrickson urged. "Good or bad. You will find a new tribe of support you never knew existed. It's what gave me the strength and courage to continue to try. We were meant to be parents when the timing was right. I couldn't at the time understand why that was our story but now looking back, I can see it all clearly. What's meant to be is meant to be. Trust the story being written no matter how it may unfold. It somehow always works out in the end. To all of those who have had similar experiences, I wrap my virtual arms around you and squeeze you tightly. I know how awful it feels. You have support. Please try to talk about it. It helps immensely."
Please join us in wishing Hendrickson a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery early next year when her child with husband Rob Meder is due in March. And for more on your favorite Y&R stars, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine.