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Dancing with the Stars fan favorite Peta Murgatroyd unloads her “trauma backpack” to share her fertility struggles after her third miscarriage, according to a recent People interview.
“I’ve had three miscarriages and it’s been a long, hard journey [my husband] Maks and me A traumatic, stressful, super sad journey,” the 35-year-old wrote on Instagram.
“The first time I let it out of my mouth to a colleague, I felt oddly better, like a piece of shame had chipped off. …And here I am…this is all of me, the bare me and I hope that’s of me Sharing my journey with you all might help someone else going through the same situation.
A few months ago, after recently testing positive for COVID-19, she suddenly broke down and called 911.
She thought her symptoms were secondary to the virus, but later learned in hospital that she had just suffered a miscarriage.
“I ended up having no idea (I was pregnant) what was better for my recovery in hindsight because I had that super joyful moment of ‘I’m pregnant again!’ didn’t have,” said Murgatroyd, who lives in Los Angeles, Calif., told People.
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Looking back, she thinks being pregnant and battling COVID-19 at the same time was too overwhelming for her body.
She suffered her first miscarriage in the fall of 2020, about five weeks into her first trimester, in the toilet stall of a Whole Foods store.
“I sat in the bathroom sobbing. I’m surprised nobody came in because I was crying and crying so hard, one of those deep screams,” Murgatroyd said.
She immediately attempted to conceive again, but it was about eight months before she was able to. She suffered her second miscarriage two days before she had to perform at a wedding.
“I’m someone who prides himself on my health wellness. I do sports every day. But as I realized, that doesn’t really involve the reproductive system,” said the Peta Jane Beauty founder.
About 1% of women experience recurrent miscarriage, but the most common cause of miscarriage occurs incidentally when an embryo acquires an abnormal number of chromosomes during fertilization, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
But if women experience three or more miscarriages, a full exam is recommended to try to find the underlying cause, according to the ACOG website.
Certain medical conditions can predispose women to miscarriage, including antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), diabetes mellitus, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
APS is an autoimmune disease where the patient’s immune system accidentally makes antibodies that lead to blood clots, while diabetes mellitus is a disease where the body has too much sugar in the bloodstream.
However, Murgatroyd revealed that she didPCO syndrome (PCOS), an endocrine disorder in which the body produces too much of a male hormone known as androgens, leading to irregular or sometimes no periods, according to Healthline.
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To meet the classic diagnosis, women have two of the three symptoms: 1) irregular periods or no periods, 2) overproduction of male hormones, which can lead to acne, hair loss, or excessive facial hair, or 3) multiple cysts on the ovaries (which ” “polycystic”), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She noted that she doesn’t have cysts on her ovaries, but does have “hormonal imbalances” that cause her eggs to fail to mature before they are released.
After suffering her third miscarriage, she had to make a choice – try to conceive naturally or undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF).
She finally chose IVF because she was concerned that if she went the natural route and it didn’t work, the time could be wasted.
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She is currently on medication, receiving injections and progress is “really promising”.
“I have no words other than hope and positivity and just keeping my fingers crossed and everything that will work,” added Murgatroyd.