James Van Der Beek Opens Up about Wife’s Pregnancy Loss in Powerful IG Post

He may always hold a special place in your heart from his Dawson’s Creek days—but James Van Der Beek’s moving Instagram post couldn’t be farther from the teen drama. The actor and dad of five recently posted a sweet pic of his wife Kimberly and their new baby Gwendolyn—and the message that went along with it was bittersweet. The actor and dad used his social media post to put a spotlight on the difficult subject of pregnancy loss.

Van Der Beek writes, “Wanted to say a thing or two about miscarriages…of which we’ve had three over the years (including right before this little beauty).” He goes on to add that we need a new word for miscarriage, writing that it (the word), “in an insidious way, suggests fault for the mother – as if she dropped something, or failed to “carry.””


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Along with making it clear that no mother should feel at fault for her miscarriage, Van Der Beek opens up about his own experience, “it will tear you open like nothing else. It’s painful and it’s heartbreaking on levels deeper than you may have ever experienced.”

He also offers advice, writing, “So don’t judge your grief, or try to rationalize your way around it. Let it flow in the waves in which it comes, and allow it it’s rightful space. And then…once you’re able to…try to recognize the beauty in how you put yourself back together differently than you were before.”

It’s not often than parents open up about past pregnancy struggles and losses, despite how common they can be; the March of Dimes estimates that as many as 10 to 15 percent of all pregnancies end in loss. To have a celeb dad like James Van Der Beek speak so candidly about his own family’s struggle is an important—and needed—huge step forward in erasing the stigma of pregnancy and infant loss for every family.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: James Van Der Beek via Instagram 

 

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