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Meghan King Edmonds Details Her IVF Journey to Baby No. 2
The Real Housewives of Orange County mom opens up about the steps she took to get pregnant again.
Now that Meghan King Edmonds has officially confirmed she's pregnant with her second child, she's opening up about the IVF journey she went through to expand her family this time around. The Real Housewives of Orange County mom shared that she and husband, Jim Edmonds, started the process last summer, marking the second time they've done IVF to get pregnant. As fans saw during Season 11 of RHOC, Meghan also used IVF to conceive Aspen King Edmonds, who recently celebrated turning 1.
However, this journey was a more private affair for the couple, as she explained on her blog. "We started from scratch because we really wanted to have a boy (Jimmy has a total of five girls and one boy) and we only had two frozen female embryos. This was a difficult decision for us. Jimmy was adamant he didn't care about the sex of the baby, he just didn't want me to have to again endure the emotional roller coaster that comes with IVF. (If we had decided to transfer one of the female embryos my drug regimen would've been much less involved than full blown IVF.) But [I] insisted: I was more comfortable with going through IVF again since I knew what to expect," she wrote. "So we moved forward with IVF."
The couple timed the process to after baseball season, so that Jim could be there throughout the entire process. In addition to having Jim around, she also had some other key players by her side. "Opposite of my first experience with IVF, this time I was anxious for the emotional toll while knowing I could handle the physical repercussions. Additionally I had reliable companionship this time around with Jimmy by my side, my trusty furry companion Girly Girl and of course baby Aspen," she said. "It may seem silly to mention Aspen and Girly Girl but this support system was everything to me during round 2 of IVF. (Side note: If you remember from RHOC, during my first round of IVF I entered the worst depression of my life, probably due to the erratic hormones combined with loneliness. I was able to wean off my depression meds halfway through my pregnancy with Aspen which directly corresponded with when I got Girly Girl, and I haven't been on a lick of antidepressants since then. Dogs are truly woman's best friend and medicine for the soul... and apparently clinical depression!)."
The couple fertilized 10 eggs and then did a test, PGS (preimplantation genetic screening), on the embryos. They found out that "only four were chromosomally NORMAL: three boys and one girl! We were a bit shocked that 60% of our embryos were abnormal but so happy to have four VERY strong and perfectly healthy embryos."
That brings the couple to the present day. Meghan concluded the post with this message: "Fast forward to today and I am pregnant! I’m not feeling the greatest but we know that it will all be worth it in the end. Aspen will make a fabulous big sister at only a year- and-a-half old in June 2018! Oh, what about the biggest question: Boy or girl? Think blue this time around!"
Check out throwback photos of the Edmonds, below.