One actress is encouraging others to be kinder to one another at the start of the new year.

Like millions of others, actress Shay Mitchell, who is best known for her role as Emily in the hit show “Pretty Little Liars,” took to social media on New Years Day to review all the highs and lows that took place over the last year.

And while most of her memories were good, at the very end of her story Mitchell revealed that she had also miscarried the “child of her hopes and dreams.”

Shay Mitchell/Instagram

She wrote, alongside a picture of an ultrasound:

We all have to deal with various struggles and challenges in life. And sometimes it’s easier to only showcase the good times on social media, which is what leads many people to criticize it for its lack of authenticity.

Having so many people follow me on Instagram and read my posts is both incredibly humbling and hugely uplifting. The support and affection that so many of you show me lifts me up during even my darkest days, one of which happened last year after I miscarried and lost the child of my hopes and dreams.

In the spirit of the new year, I think that we need to remember that we are all on this journey together — in good times and in bad— and to remind ourselves that we seldom really know or understand the struggles and hardships that other people are going through.

So, for 2019, let’s all try to be a little more compassionate, empathetic, patient and thoughtful with each other.

This should like a great resolution to me. I hope that you agree.

Happy New Year everyone.

According to American Pregnancy, miscarriage is defined as “a pregnancy that ends on its own, within the first 20 weeks of gestation”:

Miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Studies reveal that anywhere from 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage.

Most miscarriages occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Pregnancy can be such an exciting time, but with the great number of recognized miscarriages that occur, it is beneficial to be informed about miscarriage, in the unfortunate event that you find yourself or someone you know faced with one.

Thousands of Mitchell’s fans reached out to the actress to offer their condolences and share their own experiences.

Some wrote:

I’m so very sorry for your loss, Shay. Stay strong. I will always love and support you. you have been so brave and you have definitely inspired so many people. WE LOVE YOU!!

I’m so Sorry for your loss Shay! I had 2 miscarriges, And yes, I know that is no words to confort you at the time! I like to think now that It was Just my Daugther that wasnt ready for us yet. Now we have her, she is 5 years old And is the most beautiful thing in the world! Olívia is my rainbow baby!!! I hope you have another amazing year And be blessed again soon with your rainbow baby! Sending lots of love

One day, you are going to be an incredible mom!! Never give up hope

I am really sorry for you, I hope one day you‘ll get the child of your dreams! Always keep your head up and stay strong. Never give up, even when sometimes it’s hard to stay strong.
Best wishes

I am so so sorry for your loss you are so strong and brave and I know god has so much in store for you. I know that you’re probably never going to see this but in case you do, know that we are all here for you and we love you so much. here’s to new beginnings!

No words can explain the pain and heartbreak for your loss, I’m so sorry Shay, your the strongest women I know, keep fighting we love you don’t forget that!!

I just wanted to say I’m so sorry for your loss, but I’m so glad you spoke up about it!

If you or someone who know has experienced a miscarriage or has questions regarding the loss of a pregnancy, American Pregnancy has a helpline at 1-800-672-2296.

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