Kate Mara is opening up about an unsuccessful pregnancy she had in the past.
The Fantastic Four actress sat down for an interview on Dr. Berlin’s Informed Pregnancy Podcast last month, prior to giving birth to her and husband Jamie Bell ‘s first child, where she detailed the miscarriage she experienced after discovering she was pregnant for the first time.
“It was the first time I’ve ever been pregnant, and I’ve never had that excitement and shock of being an almost mom,” Mara, 36, explained. “That just was such a special sort of reveal.”
Mara revealed her pregnancy to Bell – whom she began dating on the set of Fantastic Four in 2015 and wed in 2017 – while they were stopped at a red light driving, and the parents were overjoyed about having their first child together.
“I turned to him and I was like, ‘Is now a bad time to show you this?’ ” she recalled. “I showed him the [test] stick. He was at a stop light, and he just burst out laughing and was like, ‘Oh, my God. How is that possible?’ “
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The excitement for the expectant parents, however, was short-lived, as eight weeks into her pregnancy, Mara received somber news at her first sonogram appointment.
“She couldn’t see the embryo, but she could see the pregnancy sac,” the actress said of the ultrasound technician. “My doctor at the time said, ‘Maybe you are off with your timing.’ I was like, ‘I am so good with timing.’ “
As Mara awaited her blood-test results, her faith that her unborn child would make it began to fade.
“I knew that there was no way that was possible, but you’ve got that tiny hint of hope,” said the House of Cards alum.
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Mara continued, “She said, ‘There is clearly something off or wrong. Why don’t you come back in and we’ll see what we can see?’ “
“I think the next day we went back in and she said I clearly had a blighted ovum, which I didn’t know what that was at the time. I’ve learned what that is. So she said, ‘Basically, you’ve miscarried, but it just hasn’t left your body yet.’ “
By the time Mara fully miscarried, she was three months pregnant. “Everything just took so much time, by the time it was all over. It just dragged out forever,” she said.
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While devastated about their loss, Mara and Bell, 33, learned sometime later that they were expecting again. But this time, the excitement was not as immediately present for either of them.
“It was weird, this bitter or sweet sort of … I was so excited, but also sad that we weren’t as excited as we were the first time, because that was clear that it was a very different dynamic,” Mara explained.
While nervous during the first ultrasound, their baby was completely healthy, and come February, they announced publicly that they were expecting.
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Last month, the actress revealed to the world she and her husband had welcomed their first child together, a daughter.
“We had a baby a couple weeks ago … Here are her feet 💕,” Mara captioned a snapshot on May 27 of her newborn baby girl’s tiny tootsies.
Bell, who shares a 5½-year-old son with ex-wife Evan Rachel Wood, told PEOPLE ahead of the Rocketman premiere on May 30 that the couple was “overcome” in the best ways with their new addition.
“No sleep,” joked the actor of the hardest part about fatherhood – but as he told that same night, “We’re very happy everyone is doing well. It’s great.”