Before the birth of her baby girl, Kate Mara suffered a miscarriage three months into her first pregnancy.
“It was the first time I’ve ever been pregnant and I’ve ever had that excitement and sort of shock of being an almost mom,” the 36-year-old actress revealed in a newly released interview on Dr. Berlin’s “Informed Pregnancy” podcast.
Mara and husband, Jamie Bell, who has a 5-year-old son from his previous marriage to Evan Rachel Wood, had been married for seven months when she found out she was expecting. She said it was the first time they tried for a baby and revealed the happy news to her husband on a car ride one morning.
“I turned to him and I was like, ‘Is now a bad time to show you this?’ I showed him the [pregnancy] stick. He was at a stop light, and he just burst out laughing and was like, ‘Oh, my God. How is that possible?’”
At eight weeks, Mara went to the doctor, who told her she “couldn’t see the embryo, but she could see the pregnancy sac” and suggested she may be off with her timing of how far along she was. The doctor told her to wait a week and come back to see if anything has changed.
“I knew that there was no way that was possible, but you’ve got that tiny hint of hope,” she said.
When they got the result back, they learned she had a blighted ovum, which means a fertilized egg doesn’t develop into an embryo.
“Basically, you’ve miscarried, but it hasn’t left your body yet,” she explained. “The waiting was the worst part … Everything took so much time, so by the time it was all over I mean, I had been pregnant for three months or something, even though I wasn’t really pregnant. It just dragged out forever.”
Page Six exclusively revealed in January 2019 Mara and Bell were expecting their first baby together. At the time, she was five months pregnant when the news broke.
She says she got pregnant again very quickly but was “so nervous it was going to happen again.”
“It just ruins the excitement because you’re like, ‘I shouldn’t be too excited,’” she said. “I was definitely excited for sure, but there was this fear element as well, which is still to me very sad, that that’s … what I felt.”
The couple welcomed their baby girl in May.
“We had a baby a couple weeks ago… Here are her feet 💕,” she captioned a photo on Instagram, announcing the news.
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