Teen Mom OG fans would likely agree that Maci Bookout is one of the most down-to-earth, straight-shooting moms of the reality show cast. And she proved that in this week's episode, in which she told a producer that she and husband Taylor McKinney suffered a miscarriage.
The couple was out celebrating their first wedding anniversary when Maci got a text from a friend about having more children, which turned the topic of conversation to if/how Maci and Taylor would expand their family. Maci said she wasn't interested in having another baby, while Taylor said, "I wouldn't be mad about it."
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The two then discussed the alternative of adopting a child "in the 4-6 range," but soon the conversation switched to expanding their family "naturally." When Taylor said that Maci would get pregnant quickly, she said, "I think you're forgetting something." The clearly tense moment was followed-up with an aside between Maci and MTV producer Jeni, in which the reality star shared that she had a miscarriage, even sharing the baby name they had chosen. Taylor shut down, not wanting to discuss it further, but Maci asserted, "I think it's important for people that are watching that we talk about it."
It seemed as though the bottom-line for Taylor was that he would prefer to share the heartbreaking news with their parents first. Hopefully, they were able to do that prior to this episode airing, but Maci makes an important point. Of course discussing a painful pregnancy loss publicly isn't for everyone, but the more we can further the conversation around the still stigmatized subject, the more supported those who've experienced will feel.