Meghan McCain Opens Up About Her Devastating Miscarriage

Meghan McCain is mom to Liberty Sage, who is 15 months old. However, People reported that the former co-host of "The View" suffered a miscarriage before having Liberty. Recently, the daughter of the late Senator John McCain opened up about the heartbreaking experience on People's podcast "Me Becoming Mom."

Because she'd been on "The View," McCain spoke previously about her pregnancy loss. Shortly after miscarrying in 2019, she explained some of her feelings in an opinion piece for the The New York Times. McCain struggled with the public nature of losing her pregnancy because of her position at the ABC talk show. "This was not supposed to be public knowledge. I have had my share of public grief and public joy. I wish this grief — the grief of a little life begun and then lost — could remain private," she wrote. McCain knew she was miscarrying during a photo shoot for "The View," yet the show had to go on. Because of that pressure, she smiled through the pain as the photographer snapped the photos. 

Recently, the 37-year-old gave more insight into the devastation she felt after her miscarriage. Read on to find out how McCain made it through what she called "one of the darkest times in my life."

Meghan McCain says her miscarriage was 'very different' than she expected

No stranger to life in the public eye, Meghan McCain dealt with public heartbreak in the past. When her father, John McCain, died, she openly discussed her grief and publicly went to therapy (via USA Today). However, her miscarriage took things to a different level because of how different the experience was. "And then having to go through a thing so publicly, there was a disaster in my career and then this disaster in my body. It was one of the darkest times in my life," she told host Zoë Ruderman, Head of Digital at People. "It's like every sense in my body was overwhelmed and then I was heartbroken."

McCain learned she was losing her pregnancy after a doctor's appointment where bloodwork showed that her HCG — or pregnancy hormone — levels weren't doubling as they should. She explained that the physical experience of miscarrying was different than she'd believed. She'd imagined that a miscarriage was "bleeding profusely in the middle of a room or something." However, her loss was "very different" physically. 

Ultimately, McCain and husband Ben Domenech welcomed their daughter Liberty in September 2020, more than a year after her pregnancy loss. Even so, McCain still feels the devastation of losing her pregnancy. "I had a miscarriage," she wrote in the New York Times. "I loved my baby, and I always will. To the end of my days I will remember this child — and whatever children come will not obscure that."