Rebecca Adlington on how miscarriage affected marriage: ‘No one checked if Andy was okay’

Former Olympian Rebecca Adlington has opened up on the almost "critical" impact that suffering a miscarriage last summer had on her marriage to husband Andy Parsons.

Speaking exclusively to OK! a year on from the couple's devastating loss, the athlete and mother-of-two says they still battle the painful aftermath on a daily basis.

"Even back in March, he [Andy] was like, ‘We would be having a baby right now’," she tells us. "But I don’t look back. I don’t like being one of those ‘what if’ people, as it clearly wasn’t meant to be. But Andy deals with things differently.

"It’s about sharing that emotion with him and making sure we’re all OK. People only asked if I was OK, not Andy, so I think it’s really critical to acknowledge each other. It definitely helped bring us closer because he was emotionally devastated by it too. Not just me."

Rebecca, 32, shared the devastating news last August that she had suffered a miscarriage at 12 weeks.

The swimmer – who shares two-year-old son Albie with husband Andy, as well as daugher Summer, eight, with ex-partner Harry Needs – was later kept in hospital to battle sepsis, a kidney infection and a high fever.

She announced the heartbreaking loss to her followers on Instagram, describing it as a "devastating time" for her family, and one which, understandably, they found difficult to process.

The former I’m A Celebrity star worries about how the impact of dealing with grief will have on their children, but says she and Andy have become accustomed to putting on a brave face.

"Summer saw me cry quite a bit and asked why I was upset, but I didn’t divulge too much," she says. "I just said, ‘Mummy has been ill and we’re trying to process everything’. I’ll explain to her when she gets older."

And on the really tough days, where she finds herself reflecting over the events of the past 12 months, Rebecca confesses she finds it difficult not to blame herself for the miscarriage.

"I keep thinking about the pressure my body has been under to keep this little one, safe and sound and alive," she explains.

"I felt really responsible for the miscarriage, even though it wasn’t my fault. I remember speaking to the doctors and they said there was nothing I could have done to prevent what happened."

Rebecca – who has recently teamed up with SMA Nutrition to emphasise the importance of vitamin D and iron for toddlers – added, "But you’ve got all this pressure to protect something – this delicate being, this precious, special, incredible baby – for nine months.

"And it just seemed crazy because I’ve done it twice before and been absolutely fine."

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