“The View” co-host Meghan McCainMeghan Marguerite McCainKasich to Meghan McCain: Concern over abortion 'dwarfed' by need to beat Trump Meghan McCain says she believes report Trump called fallen soldiers 'losers' Meghan McCain hits Ivanka Trump's defense of president's Twitter: It's not a 'communication style,' it's 'cruelty' MORE opened up Wednesday about having a miscarriage, saying that the experience left her feeling “alone” and “ashamed” but that she hopes she can use her platform to help other women.

“Nobody likes the word miscarriage. I think there’s a lot of shame attached to it and a lot of sadness, and there’s a lot of societal stigma about it. But I’d rather talk about it than not talk about it,” McCain said in an interview with "Good Morning America" released at the end of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.  

McCain first revealed that she had miscarried over the summer, penning an emotional July op-ed in The New York Times titled "What I learned from my miscarriage."


McCain said she considers the experience of losing her father, the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain joins board of Biden's presidential transition team Meet the first woman to run for president Jill Biden shuts down Jake Tapper's question about husband's 'occasional gaffe' MORE (R-Ariz.), and her baby during the same summer “this very strange circle of life experience.”

“I always describe it as the inverse of losing my dad because my dad was, like, the ending of a beautiful, long-lived life, and I grieved that, and the way I grieved having a miscarriage and grieved my daughter was what could have been,” she told “Good Morning America.” 

McCain also said she wanted to use her platform to discuss the difficult topic in order to support others in the same situation. 

"I think oftentimes people tune in to the show, they probably think that we're leading these perfect lives and everything's wonderful," she said. "There's actually a lot of intensity in any human's life, and I just thought after I had my miscarriage I should talk about it because everything I go through — I just want people to feel less alone because I felt very, very alone during the entire experience and afterward. I just felt like I have this huge platform. Why not? Why not use it to help other women feel less alone?”

McCain also opened up about how her miscarriage impacted her work life. She had said in The New York Times op-ed that she had to take days off of work, which inspired rumors about why she was away from "The View." 

“It’s not easy being a woman. It’s just not, and I know how hard I was on myself, and I’m sure other women do that same thing, and you just feel really alone. I felt so ashamed,” McCain said.

“There are all of these questions that only women have to answer. Women have to make different choices and have different experiences across the board than men do, and I think starting with motherhood is the perfect example of why it’s just never going to be an equal experience across the board for a man hosting a political show versus a woman,” she added.

But McCain said she found support and grew close with other women who had miscarriages. She also leaned on her co-host Abby HuntsmanAbigail (Abby) Haight HuntsmanMeghan McCain blasts NY Times: 'Everyone already knows how much you despise' conservative women Abby Huntsman leaving 'The View' to help run father's gubernatorial campaign De Niro: 'I would disown' my kids if they acted like Trump's MORE, who was expecting twins at the time.

"I didn't think it was possible, but it made us closer because she so supported me through all of it in a way that maybe would've been difficult for a pregnant person to watch," she said. "Juxtaposed, people might've thought it would've been difficult for me going through a miscarriage while she was pregnant, but we really leaned on each other a lot because I think it's intense to give birth to twins too. And it's a very specific moment in time that was very, very hard for both of us that made us bond."