Actress and new mom Jaime King is opening up about her struggles with getting pregnant, in an effort to inspire other women who are in the same situation. In an Instagram post Friday, which has since been deleted, King spoke candidly about the challenges she faced on the rocky road to motherhood. Now, with a new follow-up post — in which the actress reveals that her first post was unintentionally removed — King is further fueling discussion on the topic that has struck a chord with other women.
"Dear Friends- I wrote a post regarding my personal journey with conceiving my son & after. I just saw it was off my Instagram & I deleted it unintentionally. The stories and comments that were shared were profoundly moving," said King in Monday night's post. "I hope that not only as women but men as well, keep an open dialogue going about these issues & spread awareness to young women in pain, families struggling privately & all women hurting in any way, shape or form in this area."
This latest Instagram post refers to King's message posted late last week, in which she stated, "For all the struggling women & moms out there that think they are alone — This is the truth about conceiving my son and struggles after. 8 yrs of pain and undiagnosed PCOS & Endometriosis,” said King, who welcomed her baby, James Knight, with filmmaker husband Kyle Newman last October.
In the same original post, she also added: "9 doctors until Dr. Randy Harris diagnosed me & saved my life from a severe ectopic, 5 miscarriages, 5 rounds of IVF, 26 IUI's, most with no outcome, 4½ years of trying to conceive, 26 hours of brutal labor, early delivery b/c of sudden preeclampsia, tearing and tearing after the stitches were in once I was home, milk supply issues, painful mastitis, uncontrollable crying while breast feeding, worked until the day before I [gave] birth and went back after 6 weeks after because I was afraid of letting others down."
This isn't the first time that the Hart of Dixie star has opened up on the topic: In May, the 35-year-old actress spoke with ABC News about her difficulties getting pregnant and the positive effect baby James (who calls Jessica Alba godmother) has had on her life.
King isn't the only celebrity to have opened up about fertility issues; Law & Order star Elisabeth Rohm has spoken candidly about her own journey to getting pregnant, and her experience with IVF treatments.
"I want social media to be the change of honesty and true connection #youarenotalone. I love you, I support you and I am here for you. No one should suffer in silence or shame as I believe in this world- we are all one," said King, who signed off on last night's post with the rallying cry: "A lofty ideal, but one I hope to adhere to."
Photo credit: @jaime_king / Instagram