Maks and Peta Chmerkovskiy: Maternity Tales of Hope After Miscarriages

Published on: January 13th, 2023
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It’s a bittersweet time for professional dancers Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy, who are expecting their second baby after months of fertility struggles. The two-time mirror ball champions have been able to turn their story into one of hope and perseverance. Through fertility treatments, determination, and love, the couple was able to make a family of three into four.

Peta, 36, and Maks, 42, first welcomed their son Shai in January 2017. Unfortunately for the couple, conceiving another baby was far from easy. In June 2022, Peta revealed that she had suffered her first miscarriage in 2020 at Whole Foods. “I was sitting in the bathroom sobbing," she said to People magazine. "That was something that will probably live with me for the rest of my life.'"

Despite the heartbreaking experience, they persevered. The couple visited a fertility specialist in June 2022 hoping for good news. While they were told that they had better odds due to their healthiness and athleticism they still had an uphill battle ahead of them. After days of careful preparation an egg retrieval revealed 40 eggs which were then taken through IVF treatment – fingers crossed!

Unfortunately by August 2022 it became clear that this round wasn't successful either. As Peta put it “This too shall pass". But with hope comes great tidings – this time around Peta's pregnancy happened naturally! “All natural” said Peta with PEOPLE magazine “It happened...It just came up super quick and I was just shocked." She is now almost 18 weeks along due in June with her little bundle of joy!

With this news came much happiness for the family – especially for Shai who had been praying for a sibling all along! Peta went on to tell PEOPLE magazine “I need to know those things I can't wait...I've been doing everything from the boobs up so it's going to be so good that I can just go around and not wear baggy clothes now."

The amazing news doesn’t stop there; Maks' brother Val Chmerkovskiy also welcomed his first child on January 10th making 2023 one filled with many miracles! This year no doubt will be full of much celebration amidst this loving family as Baby Chmerkovskiy number two joins the crew!

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