BACHELOR stars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham revealed she suffered a miscarriage.
The married couple, who met on season 22 of the ABC show in 2017, revealed the heartbreaking news in a YouTube clip on Saturday.
Arie, 38, and Lauren, who have a one-year-old daughter Alessi, shared their devastating journey over the past month in an emotional video.
They explained that they'd decided to film the process because Arie was convinced Lauren was pregnant.
After Lauren agreed to take a pregnancy test, the 28-year-old – who thought she wasn't expecting – had planned to prank Arie by doctoring the test.
But when she took away the fake test and looked at the real one, she was shocked to learn she really was pregnant.
The clip showed her and Arie embracing each other in delight, telling Alessi: "You're going to be a big sister!"
After getting the exciting news, the couple began preparing for their future as a family-of-four.
They explained: "We made so many plans. We bought a new house with more space, we planned how we wanted to tell you all and we envisioned our future with Alessi's little brother/sister.
"We were planning to share our journey through pregnancy with you, but unfortunately we didn't get the happy story we had hoped for."
During their first visit to the doctor, the ultrasound revealed their baby "should have been eight weeks" along, but looked to be only around five weeks old.
Lauren said: "We were really confused by that. But our doctor assured us that it could be a number of things and not to panic about it.”
“It could mean I’m just not as far as long as I was, it could mean I ovulated less, or it could mean that it’s not a viable pregnancy,” she continued.
Her hormone levels continued to rise which was a positive sign – but their next doctor's appointment revealed the baby still hadn't made much progress.
A tearful Lauren said: “It’s not the easiest news to take in."
The next week, the couple went to the doctor again on May 28 and found out Lauren had suffered a missed miscarriage.
This is when the embryo has died, but has not been physically miscarried.
The doctor explained that her hormone levels were still up because her body hadn't yet recognized the loss.
While wearing a protective face mask, Lauren sobbed at the doctor's as she tried to digest the heart-wrenching news.
The clip then showed Lauren and Arie sitting on their bed as they reflected on the tragedy.
Arie said: “It’s been a roller coaster of emotions going from scared at first a little bit because it was so soon, then happy, then stress and worry for weeks on end, and then obviously today was the bad news.
“It’s consumed our thoughts for the last month. It’s been hard holding this back from everybody.”
Lauren went on: “I was really excited to tell you guys that we were pregnant, and I feel like this is the best way for us to tell the whole story."
Realtor Arie added that while their story “doesn’t have the happiest outcome,” he felt it was important to share it and show others going through similar experiences that "you're not alone".
Hugging an emotional-looking Lauren, he added somberly: "Hopefully the next time you see a video with the word pregnancy it’s positive and it’s good news. We’ll get through this.”
Lauren was a runner-up on Arie's season of The Bachelor. He later realized he'd made a mistake not picking her and they reconciled, marrying in Hawaii in January 2019. They welcomed Alessi in May last year.
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