In an emotional interview with InStyle magazine, Megan Gale has revealed the tragic loss she and boyfriend Shaun Hampson faced last year amidst filming Australia’s Next Top Model.
Already mother to 2-year-old son River, Megan shared the joy she felt when she found out another was on the way.
“It took us six months with River… so we thought, let’s try around April and see what happens. I found out in May and I was so thrilled it had happened so quickly, and a little bit shocked. My body was changing… and I was hoping to hide it, but I felt very pregnant.
However, things took a turn when she fell ill.
“I had a cold, flu, I got laryngitis, I had a chest infection—it just got worse and worse. I was so bummed because I’d been so looking forward to doing this job and I loved working with Foxtel and loved the show… I wanted to be firing on all cylinders, and I was probably firing on half a cylinder.”
“I’m a bit of a nerd in that I just love to be professional and do the best job that I can. But I thought, ‘It’s worth it at the end of it because I’m going to have this baby.’ ”
Several weeks later, just before Megan was scheduled to fly to Milan with Top Model’s final four, she felt something was not right and visited her obstetrician.
“I can’t put my finger on it—there was no physical change or a sign or symptom… I wondered if I was being overprotective and paranoid, or if something was wrong.
“I just wanted to go and see that bub was okay. I hopped up on the table and my obstetrician put the ultrasound on my tummy. He just kept moving it and not saying anything and I started to feel sick.
“He was quiet, and then he just said, ‘I’m so sorry, it’s gone.’ ”
The supermodel then hopped on a plane to Milan shortly after to shoot Top Model.
Megan went on to highlight just how personal pregnancy questions are for women and couples.
“Anything surrounding your conception as a woman, as a couple, is extremely intimate, and it needs to be handled delicately… I feel absolutely passionate about it—especially now with what we’ve gone through—because I’d always get asked ‘When are you going to have a baby?’ And when I’d had River, ‘When are you going to have another baby?’
I lose count how many times a week—whether it’s in an interview, whether it’s friends, family, someone at the supermarket I don’t know… it happens to women everywhere. It’s such a personal question, and what makes it that much harder to answer is when you’ve been through some kind of hurdle with conception.”
She's now “feeling healthy and great”, looking to the future. “I feel like 2017 is going to be great!”
Megan has uploaded videos of the interview to her Instagram - watch here.