Actor James Van Der Beek’s family is about to expand. The former Dawson’s Creek star and wife Kimberly recently announced they’re expecting a sixth child.

The Van Der Beek clan already includes Olivia, Joshua, Annabel Leah, Emilia and their soon-to-be second to the youngest, daughter Gwendolyn. This pregnancy follows three heartbreaking miscarriages for the couple.

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Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result – something I NEVER thought we’d ever do… but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment. Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement – nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there – not knowing what we’d find – in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us – this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep. • Pic by @jilliangoulding

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Van Der Beek, who shared the pregnancy news on Instagram, opened up about the couple’s previous losses, writing “Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement – nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret.” He continued, “But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve.”

The dancing dad decided to share the first look at his baby (via ultrasound) on the reality competition show explaining, “We decided to put ourselves out there – not knowing what we’d find – in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us – this time- we walked out with tears of joy.”

Congrats to the couple and their growing brood!

—Erica Loop

Featured photo: James Van Der Beek via Instagram

 

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