Anne Hathaway has spoken candidly about her struggles to conceive in a bid to break the silence attached to issues surrounding infertility and make other women enduring the same experience feel "less isolated."
The 36-year-old Oscar-winning actress recently confirmed she was expecting her second child with husband Adam Shulman in an honest and moving Instagram post.
Accompanying a black and white picture of herself with a baby bump, Hathaway wrote in the caption: "It's not for a movie...#2. All kidding aside, for everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies. Sending you extra love."
Speaking to the Mail Online, Hathaway revealed: "Each time I was trying to get pregnant and it wasn't going my way, someone else would manage to conceive. I knew intellectually that it didn't happen just to torment me, but, to be honest, it felt a little bit like it did.
"What made matters worse was that I was embarrassed to feel like that because there was no conversation to be had about it. This is something people don't talk about, and I think they should.
"So, when I was writing that post, I was thinking about that one follower I might reach, the woman who's in hell about this and can't figure out why it's not happening for her. She's going to see my announcement and, while I understand she will be happy for me, I also know that something about it will make her feel worse. I just wanted to say: 'Look, this wasn't as easy for me as it looks.'"
The Les Miserables star—who has a three-year-old son, Jonathan, with Shulman—wants to encourage other women to start a conversation about fertility issues, so those suffering similar struggles don't feel alone or ostracized.
She added: "I sometimes think Instagram makes life look really breezy, but that's not the whole story. By leaving out the sad part, we make women who are struggling with this feel isolated and lonely; we make them feel like it's all their fault. I wanted to be more sensitive than that.
"There's a one-size-fits-all narrative that we attach to getting pregnant, and it's a narrative that only wants to focus on the happy moment. But that's not the whole story because, for many women, this is just not that easy. I'm tired of it, because it's not the truth and I like the truth."
Hathaway and Shulman–who married in September 2012–enjoy a private relationship and tend to keep their young son out of the spotlight. The actress recently disclosed that becoming a mother has dramatically changed her life in one way in particular; she has given up drinking.
"I quit drinking back in October, for 18 years. I'm going to stop drinking while my son is in my house just because I don’t totally love the way I do it and he's getting to an age where he really does need me all the time in the mornings," Hathaway told Ellen Degeneres on her chat show.
"I did one school run one day where I dropped him off at school—I wasn’t driving, but I was hungover and that was enough for me. I didn't love that one."
Hathaway is currently filming a remake of Roald Dahl's The Witches.