Transcript for James Van Der Beek’s wife speaks out after miscarriage
We move to our "Gma" cover story. James van Der Beek's wife is speaking out after the couple shared her recent miscarriage on "Dancing with the stars." Kimberly is revealing how scary it was saying she nearly died and ABC's Paula Faris has the story. Reporter: This morning, Kimberly van Der Beek revealing harrowing new details about her most recent miscarriage that left her almost on the brink of death. In, you know, 48 hours we lost our baby boy and I almost lost my life. Reporter: Kimberly saying on Instagram she's now returning to health but the miscarriage has left her weak. I'm healing. I'm definitely healing. Just taking it super easy, trying to restore and build my blood. Reporter: She's the wife of actor James van Der Beek who opened up with this heart-rending revelation on Monday night's "Dancing with the stars." That night a tearful James expressing his anguish in the ballroom. The couple who were already parents to five children have been through several miscarriages before. James saying back in October, miscarriage, a word that needs a replacement, nobody failed to carry, these things sometimes happen is something that people rarely talk about and often go through in secret. There seeds to be zero shame around it and giving yourself the time and space to grieve. Dr. Ashton joins us now. One of the details there, she was actually due in April. Relatively late for a miscarriage in yeah, it is but, first of all, that's a lay term. That's not the medical term. The medical term is spontaneous abortion meaning the pregnancy just happened and can happen in any trimester, much more common in the first. As many as one in four pregnancies can end this way. But it is -- it's a major loss and as we're hearing it it absolutely can be a life-threatening emergency. That hemorrhage was serious. How long does it take for the blood it build back up. With each advancing trimester there is more blood flow so the risk of hemorrhage goes up depending upon whether or not has gotten a blood transfusion, if you lose a liter of blood as an adult woman that's considered a postpartum hemorrhage. And whether you get transfused or not will determine how quickly you feel better. If you don't and you're left still profoundly anemic it can take two to six weeks to are your body to remake new red blood cells. One aspect of feeling better. How about the emotional aspect. That's the hardest part, there is no question. We hear this over and over again. But it cannot be talked about enough. This is a major loss for both partners. The grief can be profound. I think people need to know it's nothing they did or didn't do. It's no one's fault. They're not alone. Plenty of people know exactly what they're going through and the emotional part is actually more difficult to heal than the physical. Important reminder. Thanks very much. Over to T.J. And Cecilia.
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