Jools Oliver Suffers Miscarriage in Lockdown

by Laura Driver

Jamie Oliver’s wife Jools Oliver has revealed the sad news that she suffered a third miscarriage during the coronavirus lockdown, as she opened up about the couple's hopes for having a sixth child.

Since welcoming her son River in 2016, she has suffered three miscarriages, one of which occurred “three weeks ago”.

Jools opened up about the situation while speaking to Zoe Hardman and Georgia Dayton on their Made By Mammas podcast. "When you first came on the podcast you said you were contemplating, you really wanted to go for a sixth child," Zoe quizzed.

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Jools explained: “I really do, I really do but I've just had three miscarriages since then and I'm thinking… and a recent one three weeks ago and I'm thinking: 'No,' I dunno. I do want to, but I've got to mentally check that it's a good idea to do. And also physically because I am 45 as I always say, nearly 46. So it's a little bit dodgy.”

She added: “Jamie is still up for it, kind of… not really. I haven't got long, maybe another year and then I really will just shut that chapter off because I am very happy and I am pretty full up at the moment as it is. But just that little baby, it's a terrible thing to keep wanting something and you can't help it.”

Jools also spoke candidly about how the miscarriages have affected her mentally.

She recalled: "I went to see the doctor the other day and he said, 'How are you mentally?' and I thought about it and I went: 'Well, this is the fifth one now,' I had two before River, and they've been early ones, the last two have been at 6 ½ weeks, so I just feel... I’m really good at going, 'Right, I'm pregnant but it won’t work so I'm just going to carry on,' whilst everyone gets really into it and I have really learnt to not because I'm kind of not very positive about it."

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Jools then divulged the reason she kept her latest miscarriage hidden from her mother. She said: "I did have a pretty dangerous one, I think it was my second one which was really dangerous for myself so my family don't want me to do it again. They think, 'You've got five, you've got healthy children, just be grateful. I understand because my life is more important so I sometimes may not tell the sisters because I don't want to hurt their feelings, I'd rather just not say because they'll be worried about me specially during lockdown... telling my mum, well, especially because I couldn't see her, would have really upset her so I kept that quiet. She knows now, but, you know… at the time I didn't tell her.”

Jamie and Jools first met when they were just 17-years-old and have been together ever since. The couple are parents to Poppy Honey Rosie, 18, Petal Blossom Rainbow, 11, Buddy Bear Maurice, nine, Daisy Boo Pamela, 17, and River Rocket Blue, three.


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Laura Driver

Blogger & Social Media Manager
Laura lives in Yorkshire, UK with her two teenage children. When they were little (and definitely not taller than her) she used to blog avidly about the trials and tribulations of motherhood. Laura is no stranger to all the joys small children can bring; sleepless nights, a random public meltdown or a spectacular poonami. She fondly remembers the time her youngest child rolled across a supermarket carpark in a trolley while she was putting her eldest child in the car and the time her, then, three year old took up swearing at a church event. Laura has worked for Your Baby Club, as a Social Media Manager, since 2014.

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