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‘Dancing with the Stars’ fan favorite Peta Murgatroyd is unloading her “trauma backpack” to share her fertility struggles after suffering her third miscarriage, according to a recent interview with People.
“I’ve had three miscarriages and it’s been a long, hard journey for me. [my husband] Maks and me. A traumatic, stressful and super sad journey,” the 35-year-old wrote on Instagram.
“The first time I let it out of my mouth to a co-worker felt oddly better, like a piece of shame had chipped off. … And so here I am … this is all about me, the naked me and I hope that by me sharing my journey with you all, it might help someone else going through the same situation.”
Several months ago, after recently testing positive for COVID-19, she suddenly collapsed and called 911.
She thought her symptoms were secondary to the virus, but later learned in hospital that she had just had a miscarriage.
“I ultimately had no idea (I was pregnant), which in hindsight was better for my recovery because I hadn’t had that super joyful moment of ‘I’m pregnant again! “” Murgatroyd, who resides in Los Angeles, Calif., told People.
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Looking back, she thinks being pregnant at the same time while battling COVID-19 was too overwhelming for her body.
She suffered her first miscarriage while in the bathroom of a Whole Foods store in the fall of 2020, about five weeks into her first trimester.
“I was sitting in the bathroom sobbing. I’m surprised no one came in because I was crying so hard and moaning, one of those deep cries,” Murgatroyd said.
Right away, she tried to get pregnant again, but it took her about eight months before she succeeded. She suffered her second miscarriage two days before she was due to perform at a wedding.
“I’m someone who takes pride in my health and well-being. I exercise every day. But as I’ve come to realize, it doesn’t really go hand in hand with the reproductive system,” said the Peta Jane Beauty founder.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), approximately 1% of women experience recurrent miscarriage, but the most common cause of miscarriage occurs by chance when an embryo receives an abnormal number of chromosomes during fertilization .
But when women experience three or more miscarriages, a full workup is recommended to try and find the underlying cause, according to the ACOG website.
Certain medical conditions can predispose women to pregnancy loss, including antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), diabetes mellitus, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
APS is an autoimmune disease in which the patient’s immune system accidentally makes antibodies that lead to blood clots, while diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body has too much sugar in the blood.
Murgatroyd, however, revealed that she hadpolycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is an endocrine condition in which the body produces too many male hormones, called androgens, leading to irregular periods or sometimes no periods at all, according to Healthline.
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To meet the classic diagnosis, women have two of three symptoms: 1) irregular periods or no periods, 2) overproduction of male hormones that can lead to acne, male pattern baldness, or excessive facial hair, or 3 ) multiple cysts on the ovaries. (that’s what “polycystic” means), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
She noted that she had no cysts on her ovaries but had “hormonal imbalances” which prevented her eggs from maturing before they were released.
After suffering her third miscarriage, she had to make a choice: try to conceive naturally or go through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
She finally opted for IVF because she was worried about the time that might be wasted if she went the natural route and it didn’t work.
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She is currently on medication, undergoing injections and the progress is “really promising”.
“I have no other words but hope and positivity and just crossing my fingers and whatever it will work out,” Murgatroyd added.