Dancing with the Stars pro Peta Murgatroyd shares her struggle to have another baby. She and husband Maks Chmerkovskiy are parents to a 5 year old son Shai. But since his birth, Peta has suffered three devastating miscarriages.
The first time, Peta suffered her first miscarriage in a Whole Foods bathroom. stall in the fall of 2020 five weeks into pregnancy, she shared with People magazine in an interview.
“It was so shocking and so out of the blue. I had walked [into the store] and it just all started happening,” she shared. “I was petrified. I was trying to tell myself, ‘It’s going to be okay.’ Of course, deep down, I knew.”
Nine months later, Peta was pregnant again and making plans to fly to New York to meet up with Maks and surprise him with the news. Days before she was scheduled to fly out, Peta miscarried.
“I had to call him and say, ‘It’s happened again,’ ” she said. “This was the first time that I heard him get really upset, which was hard to hear because I know how it affects him too.”
The third time, Peta had gotten pregnant on a visit to Ukraine while Maks was working there. Unfortunately, Peta caught COVID on the trip. “I had no strength. I couldn’t open a dishwasher. I couldn’t open the fridge to feed Shai, to get him some toast,” she told People. “It got so bad that my breath was starting to be affected. It was really dramatic.”
At the time Maks was still in Ukraine working. She called him from the hospital, and because of a miscommunication, Maks began celebrating a pregnancy. She had to tell him she lost it.
Now, the couple are working with a team of fertility doctors and have started the process of in vitro fertilization.
“For the first time in nearly two years, I feel excited,” Peta said. The doctors believe she has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormonal imbalance that can cause ovulation issues, leading to infertility. “I’m in a much happier place. I got answers.”
“I don’t have any other words but hope and positivity. I’m crossing my fingers that this is going to work,” she said.
Watch Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy share their story with People magazine