Rebecca Adlington, the Olympic swimmer and TV star, has shared the devastating news of the stillbirth of her baby daughter. In an emotional announcement on Instagram, Adlington expressed her heartbreak and gratitude towards the medical staff who supported her during this difficult time.
Adlington revealed that during her 20-week scan, no heartbeat was detected for her baby. She gave birth to her angel, Harper, on Friday at 7 p.m. Adlington and her family spent precious time with their daughter and will forever cherish the love they have for her.
The swimmer praised the staff at Wythenshawe for their care and support but also expressed her struggle in sharing the news individually. Adlington explained that she doesn’t have the strength or words to cope with questions about her pregnancy or due date, as she still looks pregnant. She emphasized the need for understanding and space during this difficult time.
The heartbreaking news prompted an outpouring of love and support from fans and friends. Fellow sportswoman Jessica Ennis Hill, Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty, and TV presenter Angellica Bell were among those who sent their condolences. Adlington’s friends and supporters expressed their sorrow and offered their love and support during this challenging period.
This isn’t the first time Adlington has faced the pain of pregnancy loss. Last year, she experienced a heartbreaking miscarriage and had to undergo emergency surgery. In August of this year, Adlington shared the news of another devastating miscarriage at 12 weeks. She has been open about her struggle with polycystic ovary syndrome and the challenges she has faced in conceiving.
Adlington emphasized that getting pregnant isn’t easy, and she doesn’t want to put pressure on herself or have any expectations. She believes that if it’s meant to happen, it will, and if not, she accepts that too. Adlington has been candid about the emotional toll of miscarriage and the unexpected nature of the loss.
As Adlington and her family navigate this heartbreaking loss, we need to offer our support and understanding. Grief is a deeply personal journey, and Adlington deserves the space and time to heal. Our thoughts are with her and her family during this difficult time.