Tiffany Watson: ‘Talking About My Miscarriage On Made In Chelsea Was Important To Me’

The reality star tells Grazia she's received hundreds of messages since opening up on the show.

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by Bonnie McLaren |
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It's a scene you don't often see on TV, let alone reality TV: in Monday's Made In Chelsea{ =nofollow}, Tiffany Watson sits down with Liv Bentley to tell her that she had a miscarriage towards the end of last year. 'I haven't told anyone but my family,' Tiff says, as the friends both start to tear up. Currently, Tiff is engaged to footballer Cameron McGeehan and they're planning on getting married in the summer.

'I had really, really bad morning sickness,' Tiff continues. 'And then I woke up one day and [the] morning sickness [was] completely gone. And I just started feeling really normal.' She then explained that the miscarriage happened when she was eight weeks pregnant and that she hadn't had any scans yet, so she asked for one to check whether everything was OK.

Explaining what happened after she miscarried, Tiff goes on to explain that she had an operation to remove the tissue still left in her womb but that didn't work, meaning she then had to take medication that causes the tissue to pass out of the womb.

Speaking to Grazia, the 28-year-old reveals why she decided to speak about her experience in detail on the show, months after it happened. 'I think it's a good thing for people to learn about because me personally, I had no idea about about it,' she explains. 'I feel like no one really speaks about it. There's such a stigma. People feel embarrassed to say they've been through a miscarriage and I think that needs to change.'

Tiff says she had what's known as a 'missed miscarriage' - and another reason she wanted to talk about miscarriage on the show was to raise awareness of what can happen. 'It's just a massive toll on your body,' she continues. 'I didn't even know [missed miscarriage] was a thing, neither did my mum. Your body hasn't picked up on the fact that your body still thinks that you're pregnant. So you still have all the symptoms, which is pretty awful because your body's still thinking you're pregnant but you're not - the baby's not growing anymore.'

I didn't even know missed miscarriage was a thing, neither did my mum.

She also wanted to raise awareness of how it can be treated afterwards. 'I didn't even know you had to [treat it afterwards]. I had no idea about any of it, but you're given three options when it happens.' On the NHS website, it states that the three options are expectant management (wait for the tissue to pass out of your womb naturally), medical management (take medicine that causes the tissue to pass out of your womb) and surgical management (having the tissue surgically removed.)

The emotional episode of Made In Chelsea is available to watch on All4, but it officially airs on E4 on Monday and Tiff says she's already had hundreds of messages from women who have watched the show and been through similar experiences - the NHS says, of those who know they're pregnant, miscarriage occurs in around 1/8 pregnancies. 'It's such a common thing,' Tiff acknowledges. 'Why is nobody talking about it?'

Conversations like this mark a huge change in themes explored on Made in Chelsea as the show tackles more serious topics. Last season, Paris Smith spoke about her experience of racism while dating and Robbie Mullett detailed his journey taking PrEP (HIV prevention medication).

Tiff says the reasons these chats can happen is due to the supportive nature of the production team. 'I think the show have been really supportive and really sensitive around the subject,' she explains. 'But I think it's great that you can have this platform to speak about things such as this. There's a lot of conversations on the show, which are very light hearted and silly and funny. But then you've also got these massive moments as well, which are huge things to discuss.'

If you have been affected by miscarriage, The Miscarriage Association can be contacted via their website.

Made In Chelsea is on Monday at 9pm on E4.

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