Peta Murgatroyd prepares for IVF egg retrieval: ‘I feel pregnant’

Peta Murgatroyd is optimistic about her and her husband Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s journey to in vitro fertilization.

“Today is the first time I really feel… I feel pregnant. I’m not pregnant,” the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ professional said in a video shared to Instagram on Monday, documenting the couple’s first ultrasound appointment since she revealed she’d had three miscarriages in the past two years. .

“I don’t know what day it is, like the ninth or the tenth day with these drugs. [But] I feel like it works because I feel pregnant. My breasts hurt so much.”

Murgatroyd, 35, also told her followers that she and Chmerkovskiy, 42, were preparing for the next step in the process: egg retrieval.

“This is the last ultrasound before we know what day we’ll pick up an egg,” she explained. “I’m going to show you what my follicles look like if it’s not TMI [too much information]†

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Murgatroyd claimed that she actually felt pregnant after starting IVF.
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During their appointment, Murgatroyd and Chmerkovskiy were delighted to find that the treatment appeared to be working. The doctor told them that her ovaries were “busy” and that they have “11 huge follicles in one ovary and 17 huge follicles in the other”.

They were told to come back every day for the rest of IVF treatment to measure her follicles prior to her upcoming egg retrieval procedure.

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Chmerkovskiy was there to support his wife during the ultrasound.
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Thrilled by the doctor’s revelations, the professional dancer—whom 5-year-old son Shai shares with Chmerkovskiy—proudly showed her bloated belly for the camera, leaning back and rocking it like a pregnant belly.

‘Wait, can you see my belly? My love, look at my belly. Let people see my belly,” Murgatroyd said. “Look, bloating.”

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy at the ultrasound.
Their doctor said the dancer has a total of 27 follicles on her way to her next procedure.
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After the appointment, the New Zealand resident suggested “having a lot of babies.”

“Let’s have a soccer team, what do you think?” she asked Chmerkovskiy, to which he joked, “Yes, we can have 27.”

“I could be the new Octomom, I could,” she joked, referring to Nadya Suleman, who rose to fame in 2009 for having octuplets after IVF treatments.

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Murgatroyd recently revealed that she has had three miscarriages in the past two years.
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Fans were quick to wish the couple the best on their journey with IVF, praising the dancers for being so vulnerable about their decisions.

“Thank you for sharing such intimate moments! I can’t even imagine how many women you help!” noted one fan.

“Pray for you! You are so brave to be so open and vulnerable,” said a second. “Pray that this journey brings you more children. Good health and happiness to you and your family!”

Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Khmerkovskiy
The “DWTS” professional called her fertility struggles “traumatic, stressful and super sad.”
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Last week, Murgatroyd announced she would try IVF after experiencing multiple miscarriages, pledging to be “as transparent as possible” during the process.

“Let’s normalize the conversations around miscarriage and IVF and create an environment that is more comfortable for all women ❤️,” she wrote on Instagram.

Murgatroyd and Chmerkovskiy welcomed their son, Shai, in January 2017 and married shortly after in July of that year.

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