Rebecca Adlington says she is “truly heartbroken” after losing her baby girl at 20 weeks pregnant.
The former Olympic swimmer shared the news of the miscarriage on Instagram.
“I don’t really have the words right now, but unfortunately we did our 20 week scan this week and they found no heartbeat,” she wrote.
“I gave birth to our angel, Harper, on Friday at 7 p.m. We held her and spent time with her. We will always love and remember her.
“I don’t have the strength or the words right now and I don’t feel ready to share this news. However, I can’t pretend to be okay or fake a smile.
“I can’t let people ask me how my pregnancy is going or when I’m due because I always look pregnant. I don’t have the strength to announce this news individually.”
She thanked staff at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, saying “their kindness and care was just incredible”.
To her husband, Andy, she said: “Your selfless support, love and help is truly amazing. I couldn’t have survived without you.
“We are truly heartbroken. Our beautiful daughter. Rest in peace.”
Adlington had a miscarriage at 12 weeks Last year, emergency surgery left her battling sepsis.
Adlington has two children: daughter Summer, from her previous marriage to fellow swimmer Harry Needs, and son Albie with husband Andy.
She revealed the couple were expecting another child in September with a message from Disneyland.