Welcome to Plathville star Olivia Plath shared the news that she miscarried her first baby with her husband, Ethan Plath. The reality television star spoke about motherhood on the August 31 episode of the TLC series in an honest conversation with sister-in-law Moriah Plath.
Olivia Plath and husband Ethan admit their struggles
Plath and her husband of almost 3 years have been very open regarding their struggles in their marriage. Many of their difficulties have come from the influence of his parents, Kim and Barry Plath. The Plath parents hold ultra-conservative beliefs. These do not align with the new life Olivia and Ethan carved out for themselves. Other issues stem from Olivia Plath’s own upbringing and her wish to embrace life. Her husband still holds on to some of the beliefs he grew up with.
The Plaths have clung to one another throughout these dark times. They pulled away from his parents and attempted to carve out their own life as a couple. Her husband remains hopeful that with space and time, they could repair the relationship. Plath is interested in putting their relationship first before enduring further interactions with the Plath patriarch and matriarch.
Olivia Plath says she was ‘glad’ after her miscarriage
In a sit-down with sister-in-law Moriah, Plath said her first pregnancy happened “a little while back.” She did not specify when the event occurred in an Instagram clip seen above.
“I know the topic of miscarriage is something that’s like, super personal and affects a lot of people, and people feel very differently. But I also think there’s a stigma around it, and there’s not a lot of freedom to talk about it,” says Olivia in a confessional.
“I know when I went through a miscarriage, I felt really alone because I was glad,” she explains. “And I felt like I was wrong for feeling that way. I wish I’d had more people to talk to who could’ve been a sounding board. Or who could’ve had a different perspective, maybe than what I was raised with.”
Olivia and Moriah Plath claim the ways they were raised shaped their perspectives on intimacy
During the frank discussion, the Plath sisters-in-law claimed that their upbringing shaped their perspectives on relationships and intimacy.
“Growing up in the conservative circle, you’re kind of just taught that like, it’s a terrible thing,” Moriah said. “And it’s like, you just don’t do it — you don’t sleep with somebody.”
“Or if you do, you’re tainted,” added Olivia, “and no one else is going to want you because you’re not whole anymore.”
“I just remember, and Max [Moriah’s boyfriend] and I have shared this — like, we both had the exact same experience. The parents will say, ‘Don’t sleep with people. Like, don’t sleep with your boyfriend.’ And then you think like, you see somebody fall asleep on the couch with somebody, like, they’re just taking a nap, and you’re like, ‘Oh, they’re going to get pregnant! It’s so sinful.’ But there weren’t any like, details. Nobody explained the details just ’cause it’s like, a shameful topic, and I don’t get that,” Moriah admitted.
Does Olivia Plath want children?
Plath admitted that she and her husband look forward to someday having children but not at this point in their marriage.
“Like, I felt bad for being relieved, but I was so relieved because it was like, a wake-up call. ‘I’m not ready to have a kid. I don’t want a kid,’ ” says Olivia. She revealed her husband had the same reaction.
Plath admitted in a December 2020 interview with People Magazine that she and Ethan would love to have a family someday.
“Ethan and I both love kids. We’re both from large families, and we would definitely love to have a couple of kids. I think our ideal would be to have a few of our own and then adopt a few. But I also know that in many ways, we’re not ready for kids and the fact that we need to heal and process our own childhoods before we bring another child into the world,” she said.
Welcome to Plathville airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on TLC.