Laura Prepon Feels Shame and Anger After Terminating Pregnancy in Second Trimester

The 'Orange Is the New Black' star reveals she was left with no option than to let go of her unborn baby when learning of major health risks for her and the baby.

AceShowbiz - Laura Prepon is speaking up about how she really felt about having to terminate her pregnancy. Having written a book about motherhood, the "Orange Is the New Black" star confided in a new interview that she initially felt shame and anger when she had no option other than to let go of her unborn baby while in second trimester.

Sharing the story in a Twitter interview with BuzzFeed News "AM to DM", the 40-year-old admitted that the termination "was such a loss." She explained, "We were well into our second trimester and we thought everything was fine, and then we found out that there were major health problems with the baby in that the baby wasn't going to survive, that I was at risk, and we really were left with no options."

Everything happened during her days filming her Netflix hit series, forcing her to juggle in between being a professional on the set and thinking about her own private life. "I went through all of this while we were filming, and I was very, very private about it - but ultimately I felt like so many women have gone through this and so many women don't talk about it," she recalled.

During the talk, the "That '70s Show" actress further discussed her book "You and I, as Mothers: A Raw and Honest Guide to Motherhood" that was released on April 7. "It's a very personal thing," she noted, "and I'm so glad I wrote about it - because number one: It was so healing for me to be able to do that and show that. And number two: So many people felt seen and heard and had gone through something similar."

"And I feel like it's not really talked about, because I feel like there's this kind of shame around it, and there doesn't have to be," the mother of two continued. "When you have someone who's going through this and you can empathize with them and talk to them, you feel less alone - especially with what's going on now."

Despite her heartache from the pregnancy termination, Prepon found herself pregnant again in 2019. She gave birth to a baby boy in February 2020, and is currently self-isolating with her family in New York City, which since became U.S.' epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

Asked if the safety guideline to stay at home added more stress to her caring for a two-year-old and a newborn, the actress said, "We already had it set up in a way that we could have that really great, intimate bonding that you have with a newborn." She added, "We had already set everything up to be our nuclear family so we could bond and everything after the baby came."

"And then it just so happened that this pandemic happened. We're just really trying to stay informed while also staying really positive and trying to really have this special time. These first few weeks when you have a baby, it's really special."

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