- Publish Date
- Friday, 9 August 2019, 5:26PM
All Black star TJ Perenara and his wife Greer Perenara have taken the brave move to share the news that the couple miscarried last week.
Taking to Instagram, Greer revealed the couple were ecstatic a few weeks ago to find out she was pregnant and expecting their first child.
But just three weeks later they were hit with the devastating news, while TJ was on All Blacks duty.
However, despite wrestling with the decision of whether to go public about the miscarriage, the couple decided to announce the news, saying they felt obliged as other parents go through similar experiences.
In her post, she says it is important for everyone to communicate no matter how they feel and remove the stigma.
"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. But why? One in four have a miscarriage. It could be a sister, aunty, mother or cousin. It also affects our tāne.
Despite the couple's tragic news, TJ has travelled to Perth after being named on the bench to take on the Wallabies on Saturday night.
This article was originally published at nzherald.co.nz and is reproduced here with permission