TJ Perenara and wife Greer share heartbreaking news of miscarriage

Headlines 09/08/2019

All Black halfback TJ Perenara's wife Greer Perenara has shared some sad news on social media, announcing she had a miscarriage.

Greer Perenara posted on her Instagram page, and said she was shocked after three positive pregnancy tests prior to the tragic news. 

The recently married couple found out last week, but decided to share the news to try to help others deal with the pain. 

"I've been having an internal battle with whether I should share what I'm about to share, it's very personal," Greer Perenara wrote on her Instagram page.

"I sat with it for a while and after a conversation with TJ, knew I had to. I had to because it's what I needed to hear while lying in bed sobbing uncontrollably. 

"A few weeks ago, TJ and I found out we were pregnant. We had been trying to start a family, so we were ecstatic after three positive pregnancy tests and confirmation through blood tests. Sadly, at our scan last week we found out that we had miscarried.

"We were absolutely gutted. All the typical questions arose 'Why us?' 'Did we do something wrong?'.

Miscarriages affect one in four women. 

Greer admitted she was hesitant to share the news as it is a tough topic to discuss. 

"I know this topic is confronting and perhaps some won't agree with me sharing it, but I'm sharing it because it's important to know that we should not be ashamed.

"We should not hold the hurt alone. Miscarriages and complications in pregnancy are often so stigmatised that we are afraid to speak out and express our emotions which come with the loss we experience.

"We should not hold the hurt alone. Miscarriages and complications in pregnancy are often so stigmatised that we are afraid to speak out and express our emotions which come with the loss we experience."

TJ Perenara is starting on the bench against the Wallabies in Perth on Saturday.

In 2017, All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick missed the northern tour after his wife Niki had a miscarriage. 

But a year later, the couple gave birth to a healthy baby daughter, Frankie May. 

Our hearts go out to the Perenara family at this time.