Peta Murgatroyd recounts laying in a hospital bed hours after being placed into an ambulance at her Malibu home as her 5-year-old son stared.
Murgatroyd, 35, called 911 after testing positive for coronavirus and became unable to move.
I was weak. The dishwasher wouldn’t open. I couldn’t open the fridge to grab Shai toast,” the pro dancer tells PEOPLE. “I had trouble breathing. Dramatic!
As the doctor entered her hospital room, Murgatroyd put her spouse Maks Chmerkovskiy on speaker phone.
“I expected awful news. What’s wrong? She remembers that October 2021 night. “He asked, ‘Were you pregnant?'”
Chmerkovskiy, 42, celebrated over the phone. “He heard ‘You’re pregnant,” she recalls. He misheard the news that Murgatroyd had lost the baby.
“I had no indication I was pregnant, which was beneficial for my recovery,” adds Murgatroyd, who started bleeding two days before but thought it was her period. “I thought, ‘You’re nuts.'”
Peta Jane Beauty CEO recently flew to visit Chmerkovskiy in hopes of conceiving. “I said’screw it.’ I’ll visit Ukraine.
Ovulating shortly. Let’s do it,'” she told her husband, who was in the country as a Dancing with the Stars judge.
Murgatroyd believes her body couldn’t fight off COVID and support her early pregnancy after getting it on her vacation. “I thought I was dying, but suddenly I knew,” she adds. “My body couldn’t handle it. I couldn’t believe it.
“Not being there is ridiculous. Chmerkovskiy tells PEOPLE he feels helpless.
Murgatroyd miscarried in a Whole Foods restroom stall five weeks into her pregnancy in the fall of 2020. “It was so unexpected. She remembers walking into the store and everything happening. “I shook. I told myself, ‘It’ll be fine.’ I knew deep down.”
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“I cried in the bathroom,” Murgatroyd says she was sobbing and wailing when no one entered. Being on the toilet alone, knowing what was occurring, and being helpless will haunt me forever.
The first miscarriage was the lowest point in Chmerkovskiy and his wife’s relationship.
“The darkest part is when the person you love tells you she miscarried in the restroom,” he explains.
“I was mortified. Murgatroyd claims she didn’t know how to explain she miscarried. “I’m health-conscious. Daily workouts. I realized that doesn’t go with the reproductive system.
“Trauma took a long time to heal,” she says. “I spent months crying alone in bed, in the shower, and in denial. What was wrong?
Murgatroyd got pregnant again nine months later and planned to surprise Chmerkovskiy. Murgatroyd miscarried before leaving.
“I had to phone him and say, ‘It’s happened again,'” she sobs. “It was heartbreaking to hear him get sad for the first time since I know how it affects him.”
“I never believed two healthy, athletic people could be in this situation,” Chmerkovskiy tells PEOPLE. It’s overwhelming.
“I strive to help Peta. “This encounter transformed me,” he says. “I suppose most of your pals have had [conceiving] troubles. I discovered this is frequent but not discussed.
Murgatroyd became resolved to find answers after processing her emotions.
“When? Me? Why can’t I have another child when it was easy before? “These questions disturbed me, so I saw an expert.”
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The couple has started in vitro fertilization with fertility professionals. They hope to give Shai a sibling soon.
“I’m excited for the first time in over two years,” says Murgatroyd, who has polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal imbalance that can cause infertility. “I’m happy. Answers came.
“I only have hope and positivity,” says Murgatroyd. I hope this works.
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