Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy get candid about suffering three miscarriages over the last two years.
In an exclusive interview with People, Murgatroyd, 35, vividly recalls lying in a hospital bed after a team of medics carried her into an ambulance from her Malibu home while her five-year-old son watched.
The “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer placed the call herself when she realized something was wrong that night in October 2021. She remembers lying on her son Shai’s bedroom floor, completely unable to move since testing positive for COVID a few days earlier.
“I had no strength. I couldn’t open a dishwasher. I couldn’t open the fridge to feed Shai, to get him some toast,” Murgatroyd tells People. “It got so bad that my breath was starting to be affected. It was really dramatic.”
Murgatroyd called Chmerkovskiy, who was away in Ukraine for work, from the hospital and put him on speaker while the doctor entered her room.
She asked the doctor, “What’s wrong?” and that’s when he delivered the devastating news: “Did you know you were pregnant?”
“I ultimately had no idea [I was pregnant], which in hindsight was better for my recovery because I didn’t have that super joyous moment of, ‘I’m pregnant again!'” says Murgatroyd. “I just had the moment of ‘You lost it.'”
She continues, “It was just all too much for my body and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t believe that this was happening to me.”
Chmerkovskiy says it was “crazy” for him not to have been there with his wife, adding he felt “helpless.”
The scary experience was Murgatroyd’s third miscarriage. She lost her first baby in the bathroom of a Whole Foods supermarket. She lost her second nine months later.
The dancer felt “completely embarrassed” and “ultimately ashamed” by her miscarriages and wanted to keep them a “deep dark secret for the rest of [her] life.”
"It makes you feel helpless."@PetaMurgatroyd and @MaksimC open up about their fertility journey and dealing with pregnancy loss. @eriellereshef has more. https://t.co/Oa2ApzuD7W pic.twitter.com/lWBC5l0YWV
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Murgatroyd has since been under the care of a fertility specialist and was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), “a hormonal condition that can cause ovulation issues leading to infertility.”
After living a nightmare over the last two years, Murgatroyd’s diagnosis has brought “clarity” to the couple as they continue to pursue giving their son a sibling via IVF.
“I’m in a much happier place. I have answers,” she shares.