An AFL WAG has shared the heartbreaking moment she was told she’d lost her unborn baby.
Lauren Gibbs, who is married to Adelaide Crows’ star Bryce Gibbs, found out she was pregnant in June when the footy star was in the AFL hub on the Gold Coast.
In a moving tribute posted to Instagram on Saturday the couple revealed the miscarriage and wrote: ‘It’s crazy how much you can love somebody that you have never met before.’
Lauren described her extreme sadness and distress at the loss but said the couple has been supporting each other.
‘Sometimes Bryce is the strong one for me. On other days, I’m providing that support for him. As a team we navigate it,’ Lauren told The Advertiser.
Lauren and Bryce have two children together, Charlie, five, and Madison Rose 11 months, and were expecting their baby in the new year.
‘I still get a lump in my throat talking about it and the grief comes in waves.
‘Any other kind of loss we grieve, and that’s done in public with friends around to provide support, but a miscarriage is often so much more private and done in silence, which makes it so emotionally challenging,’ said Lauren.
She first revealed the heartbreaking loss in an Instagram post last week and said she started making matching pyjamas for her children as they would be joined by another little one in the new year.
Lauren said that although she is upset, she would prefer to talk about things than suppress it as it helps her cope.
‘The response has been overwhelming, really positive and comforting. So many people have reached out to send their condolences but also share their own personal experiences, which is empowering.’
Lauren wrote on Instagram: ‘I know I am not alone in this and speaking about my miscarriage has certainly helped.
‘Thank you to all my wonderful family and friends. Grateful for my two little ones who make my world better every single day.’
The couple, who have been together for 12 years, got married in November 2018 in the Barossa Valley.