Neighbours actress Sharon Johal recounts the trauma of miscarrying on set


‘Watching that scene brings me straight back to the pain’: Neighbours star Sharon Johal recounts the trauma of miscarrying during while on set


Sharon Johal has spoken out in detail about the trauma of suffering a late miscarriage while on the set of Neighbours last year.

In an open editorial for Mamamia on Friday, the 33-year-old actress sensationally claimed the stress of her job may have contributed to her heartbreaking loss. 

‘I was getting up for work at 4.30am every day, finishing late, and new restrictions had been placed in our workplace to disallow leaving the premises for any given reason, even to go home and rest on a six hour break,’ she wrote.

Loss: Sharon Johal, 33, (pictured) has spoken out in detail about the trauma of suffering a late miscarriage while on the set of Neighbours last year

‘As my job involved being in front of the camera, I was unable to ‘work from home’ and I felt I couldn’t take a sick day, as we were already dealing with other cast and crew unable to attend out of safety concerns regarding COVID-19, pushing us further and further behind schedule. 

‘It was a huge imposition on the production to take any time off in a culture where it wasn’t encouraged.’

Sharon said she was 13 weeks along in her pregnancy, and had been on set since 6am, when she felt a ‘sharp cramping pain in my stomach and back’ mid-scene.  

Tragic: In an open editorial for Mamamia on Friday, the actress sensationally claimed the stress of her job may have contributed to her heartbreaking loss. Pictured on Neighbours

Tragic: In an open editorial for Mamamia on Friday, the actress sensationally claimed the stress of her job may have contributed to her heartbreaking loss. Pictured on Neighbours

‘Once our director called ‘cut’ I ran into the set kitchen at the back of set and checked my underwear. There was blood,’ she continued.

‘I got out of costume and into my own clothes and quickly packed up to go home. I didn’t call my husband as I usually would because I didn’t want to stress him out in case it was nothing.’

She later went to the hospital, but was given the all-clear, only to later suffer a painful miscarriage while at home.

'I was getting up for work at 4.30am every day, finishing late, and new restrictions had been placed in our workplace to disallow leaving the premises for any given reason, even to go home and rest on a six hour break,' she wrote

‘I was getting up for work at 4.30am every day, finishing late, and new restrictions had been placed in our workplace to disallow leaving the premises for any given reason, even to go home and rest on a six hour break,’ she wrote

Sharon said she returned to work on the Monday, after leaving set the previous Friday, despite being left understandably devastated by the loss.

‘I hid in toilets around the building so I could cry in silence without anyone noticing. I persevered in silence and kept to myself. I was alone…’ she recounted. 

She added: ‘Watching that scene brings me straight back to the pain I was going through, I can’t do it.’ 

'I got out of costume and into my own clothes and quickly packed up to go home. I didn't call my husband as I usually would because I didn't want to stress him out in case it was nothing,' she wrote. Pictured with husband Ankur Dogra

‘I got out of costume and into my own clothes and quickly packed up to go home. I didn’t call my husband as I usually would because I didn’t want to stress him out in case it was nothing,’ she wrote. Pictured with husband Ankur Dogra

Sharon said she’s convinced her miscarriage had been brought on by ‘stress’, despite doctors telling her otherwise, describing her workplace as ‘problematic’.

In a candid post on Instagram on Saturday, Sharon confessed she’d ‘struggled’ with whether or not to share her story, but thought it might help others going through a similar situation. 

Daily Mail Australia has reached out to both Sharon and Network 10 for comment.  

'Watching that scene brings me straight back to the pain I was going through, I can't do it,' she recounted

‘Watching that scene brings me straight back to the pain I was going through, I can’t do it,’ she recounted

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