We're used to seeing retired Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson with a big smile on her face. But Johnson, 25, kept it real in an emotional YouTube video titled "pregnancy + heartbreak," in which she reveals she recently suffered a miscarriage.
The video, posted on Saturday, shows Johnson's ordeal in full — from her joyful reading of two home pregnancy tests to the doctor's visit where she learned she had miscarried.
"The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life," Johnson wrote in the video description. "My husband Andrew and I found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant, only to find out hours later some tragic news. I have been crying more than I ever have, but am still optimistic for what is next."
Johnson's pregnancy experience — she was six weeks along and, as she wrote, learned of the miscarriage within hours — was a short and painful one for both her and husband Andrew East, 26.
"We feel like a lot of people go through this so we wanted to share it," Johnson says in the video, in which the couple reveals that the pregnancy had been unplanned but welcome.
Johnson's tearful excitement over the news was captured on film earlier in the week. "We're going to have a baby," Johnson says after learning the pregnancy test results. "I definitely wasn't planning this but it's really, really exciting. How am I gonna tell Andrew? He's going to be a daddy."
Johnson later visits the doctor, complaining of stomach pains, where an ultrasound showed bleeding in her uterus and no gestational sac.
After releasing the video, Johnson and her husband appeared on Facebook and YouTube to discuss their journey and thank their fans for the outpouring of support.
"Shawn was so brave to share her story like she did — share our story, really — and you guys really have been great in supporting her," said East.
Sending our best to these two in this time of healing.