Peta Murgatroyd Breaks Down Her ‘DWTS’ Return After IVF Journey

Prioritizing both her professional and personal life. After a devastating update in her IVF experience, Peta MurgatroydOpenly discussed why it was the right time to compete. Dancing With the Stars.

“So much has been going on in the past year and a half with [my husband] Maks [Chmerkovskiy]Maks, my family and I. Maks was in Ukraine fighting, then me with miscarriages and one failed IVF. I just took it upon myself to really sort of go back to my roots,” Murgatroyd, 36, told Us WeeklyThursday, September 8th: Joining season 31 with a partner Jason Lewis. “After this first IVF failed, I was like, ‘What do I wanna do? Where are you most happy? So, I can get through this and just feel good about life.’ And I realized that I’ve just really missed dancing and I’ve kind of just come back into it and fell back into it.”


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For the choreographer, returning to the hit competition series has been the “best decision” for her. “I’m not stressing now about ‘Oh my God, am I pregnant?’ The constant worry about when the second baby is going to come … I think it’s taken my mind off it and I’m doing what I love with a great guy.”

Murgatroyd teased that she was a big fan of Sex and the CityBefore being paired off to Lewis, 51.

“I’ve seen every episode dozens of times. [I’ve watched]The movies and the latest [show]That was the result. [And Just Like That]. I was pretty excited because, I mean. Look at the hunk of Sex and the City. Everybody would give their right arm to dance with him,” she shared, referring to the actor who played Jerry “Smith” Jerrod on the HBO series. “I was just so fortunate though. He was a nice guy when I met him. [and] humble. There’s no ego. He’s nice and he’s dedicated. He wants me to be with him, to help me through everything and to give his time to me. So everything just aligned and it’s a really nice surprise.”

The one drawback to rejoining was noted by the professional ballet dancer DWTS was missing her son’s first day of school. “It was the only thing that could take me away. I couldn’t really get out of this one. So I’m happy to be here though,” Murgatroyd, who shares 5-year-old son Shai with her husband, 42, explained. “Obviously it was pretty sad in some instances, but we’re getting through it. We’re good.”

Peta Murgatroyd Is Going ‘Back to Her Roots’ on 'Dancing With the Stars' After Unsuccessful IVF Transfer

Peta Murgatroyd with Maksim Chrmerkovskiy, their child Shai Aeksander Chmerkovskiy.
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The New Zealand native gushed about how Chmerkovskiy handled their little one’s major milestone, saying, “He’s such a proud daddy right now. He’s on full daddy duty. There are no grandparents and no nannies. It’s all him right now. So he’s doing a really good job.”

Murgatroyd’s return to the DWTSAfter she had opened up about her three miscarriages in just two years in June, the TV personality took to the stage. The TV personality began to share her IVF journey via social media in the same month.

“Let’s normalize the conversations surrounding miscarriages and IVF and create an environment that is more comfortable for all women ❤️,” she wrote via Instagram at the time. “I love sharing stuff with you all, and well….this is me being as transparent as possible.”

Late last month, Murgatroyd discussed her planned IVF transfer, writing, “I promised you all that I would be open and honest. I had moments when I wasn’t sure of my decision, especially after learning that the transfer didn’t work. But going back on my word after being such an open book wouldn’t be right.”

She continued: “Life is funny though. You think you know it all, but then it throws you in the face and forces you to start over. I keep learning that ‘Gods plans will always be more beautiful than all your disappointments’ … I have to keep believing that.”

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