Pippa O'Connor has opened up about suffering a miscarriage last year, saying she hopes to give "a little bit of comfort to anyone sad or struggling" through sharing her experience.

The businesswoman and social media influencer announced she is expecting her third child with husband Brian Ormond on Instagram on Sunday night.

She has since posted a series of Instagram stories saying she is "completely overwhelmed" by the messages from people, saying: "I'm feeling the love and feeling the kindness big time. It's made me so emotional since last night.

"Now that I've said it out loud, it's definitely feeling more real now."

O'Connor said their sons Ollie, 8, and Louis, 5 are "ecstatic" to welcome another sibling to a family.

"We're just on cloud nine. Brian and I are so thrilled," she continued.

"We love babies and we always knew we wanted another baby, but it never happened after Louis so we were kind of I suppose at peace with that.

"I'm so happy with what we have and grateful for what we have that I didn’t want to be always wishing for another, but we always said if it happened, amazing.

"And when it didn’t happen for so long after Louis, we kind of thought, 'That’s OK. We are more than happy with what we have'."

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"Then last summer I got pregnant, which was the biggest shock, I literally could not believe it," she continued.

"And then unfortunately I had a miscarriage in October. I don't want to be sad or getting too emotional when I’m actually so happy.

"But I suppose when you say something out loud, it is emotional. So that was October, I went for my second scan and unfortunately, there was no heartbeat.

"Listen, I know so many people have been there and I know there's going to be so many people watching this who have just gone through this today or last week.

"And we all know how common it is, unfortunately, but I still think it's kind of unsaid.

"And to be honest, I don't even know when I would have said it if I wasn’t lucky enough to be pregnant again now because I suppose we don’t want to show vulnerability and I personally don’t want to feel sad.

"But then I know how I felt at the time and I how I just wanted to hear someone else say, 'That happened to me’. You want to be able to relate to someone.

"I’m so conscious of not wanting to upset people but I’m just sharing my own story and I just wanted to be truthful about what I went through.

"Because you look at Instagram and someone's sharing their lovely news and it can look like everything is perfect all of the time.

"But I can guarantee you that everyone has been through something along the way."

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The Poco by Pippa founder said that sharing her experience with friends made her feel "so much better" as she discovered they had been through the same thing.

"Nothing anyone can say makes it feel better," she continued. "But I do think it made me feel better when I came across people online or people in my own life that said, 'I know it's s*** and I’m really sorry', and that’s all you kind of want to hear.

"I can only imagine what it feels like to go through that multiple times because I know unfortunately that so many women face this. It's so unfair, it's heartbreaking."

She said that people are speaking about miscarriages more "which is really healthy and comforting to see" but added that she thinks there "definitely is still a stigma, I don’t know why".

O'Connor recalled her reaction to finding out she was having a miscarriage.

"When I think back to the day I was told when I went in for the scan, my first reaction was, 'OK, that’s fine'.

"And I just leapt up out of the bed and I just wanted out of there, I did not want any comfort. I was nearly embarrassed, which sounds so silly. But you get a shock like that... and that’s how I reacted anyway."

She said she initially told herself to "cop on, you have two kids".

"I'm well aware of the struggles people face to try and have even one, so I was being hard on myself for being sad", she said.

"You have the right to feel sad and grieve a loss no matter what stage of pregnancy that you're at."

"I hope it can give a little bit of comfort to anyone sad or struggling."

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