Five-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny says speaking out about having a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy “gave lots of people a platform” to share their stories.
Kenny revealed in April that, after becoming pregnant following last summer’s Tokyo Games, she miscarried at nine weeks in November.
She added that she then had an ectopic pregnancy in January.
“You wish it never happens to you,” said the 30-year-old.
“It’s not until you go through it that you realise how lonely it is, and I think it was that that made us realise that actually, OK, it was a bad situation to us but lots of people go through it.”
Kenny, Britain’s most successful female Olympian, received her damehood from the Duke of Cambridge at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, while her husband Jason – also a track cyclist and Great Britain’s most successful Olympian of all time – was awarded a knighthood.
They have a son, Albie, who was born in 2017.