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According to a recent interview with People, Dancing with the Stars fan favorite Peta Murgatroyd is unloading her “injury backpack” to share her struggle with infertility after her third miscarriage.
“I have had three miscarriages and it has been a long and difficult journey for [my husband] Max and me. Traumatic, stressful, super sad journey,” the 35-year-old wrote on Instagram.
“The first time I let it out of a colleague’s mouth, I felt strangely better, as if a piece of shame had broken off … And here I am … this is all me, naked me, and I hope that I will share my journey with all of you, it might help someone else in the same situation.”
A few months ago after recently positive test result for COVID-19she suddenly passed out and called 911.
She thought that her symptoms were secondary to the virusbut later learned at the hospital that she had just had a miscarriage.
“After all, I had no idea (I was pregnant) that looking back was the best thing for my recovery because I didn’t have that super-joyful, ‘I’m pregnant again!’ moment.” Murgatroyd, based in Los -Angeles, California. , said People.
Looking back, she believes that being pregnant at the same time as fighting COVID-19 was too hard on her body.
She had her first miscarriage while in the restroom of a Whole Foods store in the fall of 2020, about five weeks into her first trimester.
“I sat in the bathroom and sobbed. I’m surprised no one came in because I was crying and crying so hard, one of those deep screams,” Murgatroyd said.
Immediately she tried to get pregnant again, but it took about eight months before she succeeded. She suffered a second miscarriage two days before performing at the wedding.
“I am one of those who are proud of their health. I train every single day. But as I understand it, it doesn’t really go hand in hand with the reproductive system,” said founder of Peta Jane Beauty.
About 1% of women suffer from repeated miscarriagesbut according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the most common cause of miscarriages is accidental, when an embryo receives an abnormal number of chromosomes during fertilization.
But when women experience three or more miscarriages, a full examination is recommended to try and find the underlying cause, according to the ACOG website.
Several medical problems may predispose women to miscarriage, including antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), diabetes mellitus, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
APS is an autoimmune disease in which the patient’s immune system accidentally produces antibodies that lead to blood clots, while diabetes mellitus is a condition in which there is too much sugar in the blood.
Murgatroyd, however, has shown that she haspolycystic ovary syndrome According to Healthline, it’s an endocrine disorder in which the body produces too many male hormones known as androgens, leading to irregular or sometimes no periods at all.
To fit the classic diagnosis, women have two of three symptoms: 1) irregular or no periods, 2) overproduction of male hormones, which can lead to acne, male pattern baldness, or excess facial hair, or 3) multiple cysts on the ovaries. (which is what “polycystic” means), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She noted that she does not have cysts on her ovaries, but there is a “hormonal imbalance” that causes her eggs to not mature before they are released.
After her third miscarriage, she had to make a choice – try to conceive a child naturally or undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF).
She eventually decided on IVF because she was worried that time might be wasted if she chose the natural route, which didn’t work.
She is currently on medication, injections, and progress is “really promising.”
“I have no other words than hope and positivity, just crossing my fingers and all that this will work,” Murgatroyd added.