James Van Der Beek, a well-known American actor, recently opened up about the heart-wrenching experience he and his wife Kimberly endured when they suffered a pregnancy loss in 2019.
In an exclusive preview of Peggy Rometo and Kimberly Van Der Beek’s podcast Bathroom Chronicles, recorded in the bathroom cabin at the Van Der Beek ranch, James recounted the painful details of that fateful day.
According to James, it was just two nights before the semi-finals of Dancing with the Stars season 28, which he was competing in when Kimberly had a miscarriage at 17½ weeks.
The couple, who had already gone through a previous pregnancy loss in June 2020, were watching TV together when Kimberly suddenly felt unwell. Moments later, she was in the shower, experiencing the devastating loss.
James expressed that the experience was both unexpected and incredibly painful and progressed quickly into worrying about Kimberly’s health.
He vividly described the immense amount of blood they witnessed during the miscarriage, which was more than any delivery they had experienced before.
Kimberly Lost Consciousness During The Ordeal
In addition, Kimberly lost consciousness during the ordeal, causing James to call 911 for emergency assistance.
Rometo, a family friend, had also come to the house to offer support. However, as Kimberly’s condition worsened, the emergency team decided to take her to the hospital.
James chose to stay home to look after their children while Rometo went with Kimberly, as he felt it was important for their kids to have at least one parent with them.
The aftermath of the experience was equally as traumatic for James, who was left alone with the emotional aftermath of the loss. He recounted how he was left in a bathroom full of blood, holding their stillborn child.
James Continued Competing On Dancing With The Stars
Despite the devastating events, James continued competing on Dancing with the Stars, with the encouragement of his wife, who pushed him to keep going.
In hindsight, James reflected on the experience, saying that he believed it brought his family closer together and deepened their appreciation for one another.
He also acknowledged that while they may never know why these things happen, they have allowed him to become more human and to have a greater appreciation for life.
Overall, James’ candid reflections on the devastating experience shed light on the pain and sorrow that many families go through after experiencing the loss of a pregnancy.