Former US Olympic champion Shawn Johnson uploaded a heartbreaking video of herself announcing that she suffered a miscarriage.

"We feel like a lot of people go through this so we wanted to share it," Johnson said in the opening moments of the video which has been viewed more than 700K times since yesterday.

The twenty minute video, which documented  a two-day span, shows Johnson finding out she was pregnant via urine test then later receiving the heartbreaking miscarriage news.

Although Shawn and her husband, former NFL long snapper Andrew East, were not planning on having children at the moment, they were thrilled when they realized they were pregnant.

Shortly after the exciting news the retired gymnast started having stomach pains and she and her husband rushed to the doctor where they were told that she had miscarried naturally.

"The past 48 hours have been some of the happiest, scariest, and saddest times of my life, " Shawn captioned the video. "My husband Andrew and I found out that we were unexpectedly pregnant, only to find out hours later some tragic news. I have been crying more than I ever have, but am still optimistic for what is next."

After posting the video on social media, the couple went on Facebook Live to address their fans and answer questions. 

Johnson said that they believe that God has a bigger plan for them and that all they can do is be positive or else they sink into a hole

2004 Olympic all around champion and compatriot Carly Patterson has as well suffered from miscarriage. She had several treatments until she successfully got pregnant. This month, she gave birth to son Graham.

Written by Gigi Farid

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