Last night, Catelynn Lowell and Maci Bookout showed viewers just how strong their bond is to each other. The Teen Mom OG stars discussed their heartbreaking miscarriages on the reunion episode. Maci traveled to Arizona to visit her good friend and co-star Catelynn at her treatment facility. The two women sat down with Cate’s husband Tyler Baltierra and were refreshingly honest about their recent experiences as parents.

“I didn’t tell Taylor [McKinney] for probably two months,” Maci revealed to her friends. “I think I was just afraid. Like, I didn’t want… Almost like, ‘What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.’ But then it just got to a point where I realized I couldn’t, like, deal with it by myself. I needed him there.”

She added that despite the pain of the experience, talking about it was helpful. “And I know he would want to be there for me if it hurt him or not, so I think it’s another one of those things,” she explained. “It doesn’t make the pain easier, but it just makes the experience easier to talk about it. It doesn’t help anybody to pretend like it didn’t happen or that that baby didn’t exist in some form.”

Catelynn and Tyler also experienced a miscarriage — and Tyler revealed how it was a significant loss. “We said it may not have been a fully developed baby in the womb, but it was in our hearts,” he added. Earlier this year, he explained how he was barely holding it together after losing the baby. “For every parent out there who has lost a baby… it is not your fault and it is more than acceptable and understandable to mourn the loss of that baby and take your time to grieve,” he shared. After one fan suggested he was brave for not crying until Catelynn was in treatment, he responded, “I was holding it together for Cate, because I knew what she was going through and the support she needed was priority #1! When I got some time I was able to release all the emotions I was feeling. That’s what us men need to do for our women… be strong for them when needed.”

Maci explained that her kids Bentley, Jade, and Maverick help her get through her tough days. “The thing that helps me most, especially when I seem to get down in the funk of it all, is to just be thankful for the babies I do have,” she said. “There’s no right way to feel. There are all kinds of different emotions that go on and ways you can deal with it. Some days I’m sad. Some days I’m mad. Some days I’m confused, but it’s nice to know that you’re not crazy for feeling all kinds of different ways about it, you know?”

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