In a recent episode of her “Broad Ideas” podcast, Rachel Bilson spoke up about her past history with pregnancy loss.
The actress, 42, revealed that she’s experienced multiple miscarriages. “It’s one of the biggest things I talk about with pregnancy and having babies. I’ve had miscarriages so I’ve had losses,” she says.
The O.C. star is mom to daughter Briar Rose, 8, whom she shares with ex Hayden Christensen.
She added that her pregnancy losses were early on. “Never carried. They were early on.”
The actress also spoke about the desire for control even though pregnancy and motherhood require flexibility. “Relinquishing control…you have to do a lot. What plans can you make when it’s really not up to you?”
She also talked about labor, saying, “With birth, I even remember going into it saying, ‘I’m open to whatever.'” Then, she confessed that she “always knew I was going to go to a hospital” over a home birth.
The episode featured Libby Weintraub, author of “She Was Born: Words on Loss and Liberation,” and was an ode to October being “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.” Weintraub shared her experience with the loss of her stillborn child. Trigger warning: if you listen to the episode, her story is pretty graphic.
In another recent episode, Rachel Bilson revealed that she took her daughter to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour. “It was a really cool experience except that was Briar’s first concert and I’m like, ‘Well, where do you go from here?'” she previously said. “For my daughter to see this, I think it’s so rad. It’s one woman, she writes her own s–t, she’s really talented and does it. And look what she’s done. If anything, it’s the most inspiring thing I’ve ever seen.”
Back in 2019, Bilson said in an interview that she was mindful of her role as a parent. “But you just feel like you really are living a life with a purpose. Setting an example for her is the most important. So, in that, it’s like every move you make you know is being watched, so you have to consider things a little more carefully.”
And when she was asked about raising a daughter, she said, “You can’t keep them bubbled up forever, but you can try to just set a perfect—not a perfect, but a good example.”