Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson Reveals Miscarriage
'It's been a roller coaster,' she says in video
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2017 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson East reveals in an emotional video that she miscarried two days after she found out she was pregnant. Johnson East, 25, posted a video titled pregnancy + heartbreak to her YouTube channel on Saturday announcing her happiness on learning she was pregnant, and then her devastation when she loses the baby, Time reports. In an opener, Johnson East and husband Andrew East tell viewers the 20-minute video is "a little bit sensitive" and "not the happiest" but, she adds, "We feel that a lot of people go through this so we wanted to share it." The footage tracks when the ex-gymnast, who took home a gold medal and three silvers in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, tears up after two pregnancy tests confirm she's pregnant, to when she divulges the news to her smiling hubby by handing him baby Converse sneakers.

"Definitely wasn't planning this, but it's really, really exciting!" she says, per the New York Daily News. The next day Johnson East reports bleeding and the video shows East stroking her hair before they drive to see a doctor, where an ultrasound reveals the sad news. "So, it’s been a roller coaster of a few days," Johnson East says. "We just got back from the doctor and I’m no longer pregnant. Somehow, I lost the pregnancy already. It sucks." She adds, "We didn't even know if we were ready for it, we weren't sure if we could do it, and we were overwhelmed." Johnson East says she'll stay positive and hopes for a family in the future. "It won't stop us," she says. (Nancy Kerrigan says she endured six miscarriages over eight years.)

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