YouTube vloggers Sam and Nia ecstatically shared the news that they were going to have a third child in a viral video in which Sam surprised Nia by informing her she was pregnant. The video garnered more than 11 million views, but since its publication on Aug. 5, tragedy has struck the young family. (Video below)
Nia has since suffered a miscarriage.
In an emotional video entitled ‘Our Baby Had a Heartbeat,’ Sam and Nia faced the camera again to talk about their pain and the stigma surrounding miscarriage, E!Online reported.
"We were just so happy…We were just so overjoyed and it was like a huge celebration, and then it just – bam. It just hit us like a bomb," Nia said in the video. “Those of you who have experienced miscarriage before, I can relate now. I have felt my womb empty out. I never, ever, ever knew women felt that way."
Sam was also hurt by the discovery. "I'm a nurse so I know the signs of a miscarriage," he told People Magazine. "The moment before it even happened, I started crying and when it actually happened [it was] just the biggest devastation our family has ever experienced. Her womb is so completely empty and I just know there's an emptiness in myself."
The couple said some people doubt their claims that Nia was ever pregnant, but they’ve decided not to address those comments. "We have so much love and support, that's what we want to focus on … our minds don't be need to be filled with negativity. We don't want to spread hate, we want to spread love in this situation,” Nia told People Magazine.
Nia said in the video that they hope their experiences help others. "Maybe there's someone out there who's going through this with us. The Bible says to weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn. I am mourning with those of you who are feeling this,” she said.
Despite their very public pain, Sam and Nia said they wouldn’t hesitate to announce their pregnancy early on, should Nia become pregnant again. "We don't regret it at all, especially considering miscarriage is such a taboo subject. A lot of people feel they need to wait to announce their pregnancy but when you're pregnant, you're pregnant," said Sam. "It shouldn't be something people need to hide."