Laura Prepon Reveals She & Ben Foster Had to Terminate Their Second Pregnancy

At one of her routine appointments, they found out their baby had suspected cystic hygroma.

Laura Prepon
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 27: Laura Prepon discusses "Orange is the New Black" and her YouTube channel with the Build Series at Build Studio on November 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Her doctor explained the complications their baby was facing due to this syndrome. “Our neonatal specialist told us the brain was not growing and the bones were not growing. We were told the pregnancy would not go to full term and that my body was at risk carrying any longer,” Laura told People.

Ben held me as I cried,” she added. “We had to terminate the pregnancy.”

“To get to the second trimester and then be told this awful news, I felt like a failure. I felt like my body had failed and failed to have another baby. The whole cycle of what’s wrong with my body came back,” she continued.

“He was so supportive,” she added of her husband. “It got to the point where I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get pregnant again because the healing process took so long. But my husband knew we would be able to have a healthy sibling for Ella.”

“I couldn’t fathom going through it again. When the news began to sink in, we realized we’re going to go on this journey again and bring our daughter a sibling,” Laura said. They have since welcomed their second child!

Laura documents this story and more in her upcoming book “You & I As Mothers.” In one excerpt from the book, Laura opened up about how her mother taught her to be bulimic.


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