ALEX JONES hosted The One Show an hour after finding out she had suffered a miscarriage, she has revealed.
The TV star, who has a two-year-old son Teddy and is seven-and-a-half months pregnant with her second child, said the experience in 2017 has made it hard for her to relax.
Jones, 42, told The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine: ‘We actually got pregnant in October 2017, when Teddy was ten months, and we lost that baby. I didn’t realise for a long time because I had been breastfeeding and your periods don’t come back straight away.’
She found out she was expecting another child with insurance broker husband Charlie Thomson, 40, while they were in New Zealand. Jones said: ‘It was so unexpected, but we were thrilled. In hindsight, when I was very ill in New Zealand, that’s probably when everything was falling apart.’
When they returned to the UK, they arranged a scan and learned she had suffered a symptomless miscarriage.
She said: “We learnt the baby didn’t have a heartbeat. I was around 14 weeks, which is a decent amount of time. The baby had stopped developing at about nine weeks. That was really hard. It hit us like a ton of bricks.’
Jones said she was left searching for answers: ‘You’re thinking, “Have I done something wrong? What did I do differently? Was it because we flew a long way? Was I too stressed? Was I putting too much pressure on myself?”’
An hour later she was back on TV, even though her boss told her she did not need to do the show.
‘I said, “What else am I going to do?” It’s a horrible feeling because it is so empty,’ Jones said. ‘There’s nothing to say. It’s done. I’m not saying it’s easier or harder if you already have [a child].
‘The sense is at least you have a healthy child, but you remember how it felt at that point, you know what it’s like to hold a baby.’ Six months later she was pregnant again, but it was ‘completely different’.
Jones explained: ‘You don’t let yourself relax. I couldn’t enjoy it for a long time and didn’t tell anyone for ages.’ She recently suffered a scare after not feeling the baby move for a few days and shared a picture of her hooked up to a monitor captioned: ‘If in doubt mammas ALWAYS check! So reassuring to hear the heartbeat.’