Bachelor in paradise Jade Roper is opening up about what may have led to her miscarriage earlier this year.
“Our sweet beau was diagnosed with Down Syndrome so we believe his little heart wasn’t strong enough,” Roper, 36, wrote in an Instagram Story Q&A on Wednesday, November 1. Answer round after a fan asked what may have “caused” her recent pregnancy loss. “Many DS diagnoses are associated with congenital heart defects.”
Roper – who shares three children with his husband Tanner Tolbert — announced in August that she had miscarried her fourth child, a son named Beau. (The couple, who tied the knot in 2016 after meeting on the second season of BiP, welcomed daughter Emerson in 2017, son Brooks in 2019, and son Reed in 2020.)
“I fought [with] What should I write here since I’m currently suffering a miscarriage,” Roper wrote via Instagram at the time. “It felt like all my dreams were coming true, welcoming another baby into our lives, loving and completing our family. While our hearts [are] Although we are completely broken and grappling with the deep and complex grief of his loss, we were fortunate enough to be briefly touched by his soul. I have changed forever.”
She explained to her followers at the time that she had experienced a “missed miscarriage,” meaning that while “his heart stopped and he stopped growing (for some time now), my body hasn’t released the pregnancy yet.” She noted that she “hopes to do this naturally” and avoid any medical intervention.
However, after sharing the news of the pregnancy loss, Roper was briefly hospitalized for a possible infection. The lab results came back normal, but weeks later she finally underwent surgery.
“Well, here we are. I didn’t want or expect it to be like this, but it is,” she wrote via Instagram after the surgery. “I really wanted to bury him under a beautiful tree in our yard for a look at “Throwing his tiny body, which is why I persevered for so long and tried to trust my body. But it’s time to heal from this loss and get through the other side.”
The following month, Roper described her experience during a question-and-answer session on an Instagram Story after a social media user asked how she knew she was having a miscarriage. She shared that she didn’t have any “symptoms,” aside from feeling “no longer pregnant in a way” and having an “inner knowing” about where she “felt like he was gone.”
Roper has spoken openly about her fertility issues over the years. The “Mommies Tell All” podcast host – who got engaged to Tolbert in the season two finale BiP– which premiered in August 2015 – became pregnant during the ABC dating series, but didn’t find out until she went back to visit her then-fiancé in Kansas City.
“I just knew I was late and something felt different,” Roper shared in a February 2019 YouTube video, noting that the duo confirmed the news through a pregnancy test and made plans to move in together before doing so Baby lost. “I didn’t really grieve at the time because I just didn’t really know how to deal with it. It happened so quickly. At worst, it was almost such a relief. It was only after I had Emerson that I realized how much I love my child and how amazing a miracle he is, and I think I really grieved that child much later.”
The couple tied the knot in January 2016 in Dana Point, California, and welcomed daughter Emerson in 2017. In July 2020, Roper revealed that she had suffered another loss due to a “chemical pregnancy” before giving birth to son Brooks in 2019.
“I don’t talk about it [either miscarriage] In public a lot, probably because I’m still crying even though a lot of time has passed and it always surprises me that there’s so much more beneath the surface,” she wrote on her Instagram Story at the time.