The 36-year-old, who recently shared that she’s expecting her second child, posted a selfie of her bump on Instagram last week.
“For everyone going through infertility and conception hell, please know it was not a straight line to either of my pregnancies,” she wrote. “Sending you extra love.”
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Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, she said this pregnancy is something she’s been “wanting for a while”, adding: “There is a one-sided narrative to this, and of course it’s wonderful that we celebrate the happy moment when it’s ready to share.
“[But] I think there is a silence around the moments before that and they are not all happy, and in fact a lot of them are quite painful. I think that pain is that these women feel like we’re the only ones going through it.”
“I just wanted that person to know that they’re included in my story, too.”
Hathaway said she knew that when sharing her news, the announcement was going to make somebody, somewhere, feel worse about themselves.
“And it wouldn’t be their fault that that happened,” she added. “You just can’t help it when you want something so bad and it feels like it’s happening to everyone else but you.
“I just wanted that person to know that they’re included in my story too and that my story didn’t just have happy moments too.”
Hathaway is already mum to three-year-old Jonathon with her husband Adam Shulman.