Lily Allen announced last week that she and her boyfriend Sam Cooper had lost their unborn baby.
The 25-year old singer was six months pregnant and had previously had a miscarriage in 2008.
It will be of little comfort to her to know that around one in five pregnancies ends before the 24th week.This figure could be even higher because many miscarriages are thought to occur before a woman realises that she is pregnant.
At whatever stage the miscarriage occurs it is a difficult and emotional experience, heightened by the fact that there is seldom an explanation for why they happen.
For most women, a miscarriage is a one-off event and they go on to have a successful pregnancy in the future. But around 1% of couples will experience recurrent miscarriages the loss of three or more pregnancies in a row.
Full article: BBC News – The pain of miscarriage.