Seinfield's Julia Louis-Dreyfus opens up about heartbreaking miscarriage

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Note: The following article contains discussion of baby loss that some readers may find upsetting.

Seinfeld and Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has opened up on the devastating miscarriage she experienced at 28.

The actor spoke about the heartbreaking loss she experienced with her husband Brad Hall in 1987, just two years after the pair married.

"When I was about 28, I got pregnant for the first time, and I was crazy happy," she said during an episode of the Wiser Than Me podcast.

"I got pregnant easily. I felt very fertile, very womanly. And then, quite late in the pregnancy, my husband Brad and I discovered that this little fetus was not going to live."

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"That was emotionally devastating, as you can imagine, but it got worse because I developed an infection that landed me in the hospital."

"I mean, this whole thing was just a complete nightmare," Louis-Dreyfus continued, before recalling that she was "bedridden" upon returning home to recover.

The star said her mom, Judith Bowles, flew to be by her daughter's side and help her through the grief.

"She made this incredible cosy chilli in a cast iron skillet with cornbread on top in the pan," she said. "She and my husband Brad set up a little card table at the foot of the bed. And the smell of that cornbread and the chili was so wonderful."

In 1992, the couple welcomed their first child, Henry, followed by their second son Charlie in 1997.

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Louis-Dreyfus has previously spoken about the "anxiety" she experienced over being a working mother, telling The New Yorker in 2018: "I’d had a lot of anxiety about being a mother working outside the home ― that I was missing things, that I needed to be with them and I wasn’t.

"I’d had a nursery on the set at Seinfeld, and I would take both boys with me ― which in some ways was worse, because then you’re so split!

"I was racing between the stage and the nursery, I was breastfeeding and all that shit."

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