July 12 (UPI) -- The Big Bang Theory star Melissa Rauch is pregnant again in the wake of a miscarriage.
The 37-year-old actress went public about her past miscarriage in an essay for Glamour published Tuesday while announcing she's expecting a baby with husband Winston Rauch in the fall.
"Here is the only statement regarding my pregnancy that doesn't make me feel like a complete fraud: 'Melissa is expecting her first child. She is extremely overjoyed, but if she's being honest, due to the fact that she had a miscarriage the last time she was pregnant, she's pretty much terrified at the moment that it will happen again,'" Rauch wrote.
"The miscarriage I experienced was one of the most profound sorrows I have ever felt in my life. It kickstarted a primal depression that lingered in me," she said. "I kept waiting for the sadness to lift... but it didn't ... What I realized, though, is that because this kind of loss is not openly talked about nearly as much as it should be, there really is no template for how to process these emotions."
Rauch said she decided to share her grief over her miscarriage and struggle with fertility issues in the hopes it could "help someone going through a similar pain." She also wanted to raise awareness of how "extremely challenging" the experiences can be.
"All I really know for sure is that this experience has changed me forever," the star said. "I know it's made me grateful for every moment of my current pregnancy, and I hope it will make me a better mother in some capacity when I can finally hold the child that has been in my heart in my arms."
"So, to all the women out there who are dealing with fertility issues, have gone through a miscarriage or are going through the pain of it currently, allow me to leave you with this message: You are not alone. And, it is perfectly OK to not be OK right now," she concluded.
Rauch followed up by tweeting that she was "so incredibly grateful" for the opportunity to share her story. The actress plays Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory, which will return for an 11th season in September.