Josh Reynolds has spoken out about his pregnancy loss because he struggled to navigate his grief.
NRL player Josh Reynolds and his partner Bella had set up a nursery and were weeks away from meeting their twins boys when tragedy struck.
The couple lost both of their unborn babies, just eight weeks before their due date.
The tragic deaths happened earlier this year, but the Wests Tigers player is speaking out now to raise awareness about pregnancy loss.
He said he didn't know how to handle his own grief while also being a supportive partner.
"It's the saddest thing ever"
In a raw interview with Channel 7, Josh said he was ecstatic when he found out he would become a dad for the first time.
“When I found out we were having twin boys I was over the moon,” he said.
“I just love them and I was ready to take that step.”
The Sydney athlete and his partner from Melbourne had planned for the arrival and organised a baby nursery before the heartbreaking news.
“It's made me deal with something in life that I never thought I'd have to deal with,” he said.
“That was something in life I've always wanted but I've sort of had to go along the lines that everything happens for a reason. It's the saddest thing ever.”
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While Australia remains one of the safest places in the world to give birth, each day there are six stillborn babies, while 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage each year. Jackie Mead is the president of SANDS, a national not-for-profit organisation that offers support to parents who've experienced a loss. Ms Mead says SANDS is working to 'raise the profile' of the issue, saying further research and government support will help create lasting change. Anyone who may be feeling distressed can contact SANDS online or on their 24/7 helpline. SANDS Bereavement Support National Helpline 1300 072 637 or visit www.sands.org.au
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He struggled for answers
He said it was a difficult path to navigate when they were both struggling with the devastating loss.
“Who do you talk to about that sort of stuff? How do I comfort her when I'm struggling myself and because it is a lot harder for females because they go through it, growing inside them,” he said.
“I was really shocked but I really wanted to be a man and be there for her too.”