Tracey Neville revealed she suffered a miscarriage a day after steering England to a first-ever Commonwealth Games gold medal in netball last year.
Neville, from Bury, stepped down as England head coach after overseeing their third-place finish at the World Cup in July.
She led the Roses to their first major title in 2018 as they edged out hosts Australia 52-51 in a dramatic final.
"I had a miscarriage and then I went into a three-hour media fest to celebrate what is something that I'd been waiting something like 30 years for," Neville told BBC Breakfast.
The 42-year-old, who has been succeeded in the England job by Jess Thirlby, earlier this month announced she was pregnant.