Gretchen Rossi has made it no secret that she wants to be a mother. And The Real Housewives of Orange County alum is currently undergoing her second round of IVF in the hopes of making that happen. And she's opening up about her struggle to get pregnant in an interview with PEOPLE.
“Many celebrities in Hollywood glamorize the ability to have babies way up into your late 40s and the truth is that some of them are not telling the full story," she said. “A lot of women in their 40s are getting pregnant using an egg donor and not disclosing this. This is why we find it important to encourage women who are either career-focused or think they can just get pregnant way into their 40s to consider freezing their eggs while they are younger.”
Gretchen and her longtime partner, Slade Smiley, have been trying for years to expand their family. And Slade even had his vasectomy reversed in 2015 as a gift to his fiancée for her birthday. They are currently working with Dr. Surrey at SCRC, who she says has been "giving us hope." She added, “We are awaiting the outcome of our last IVF cycle to find out if we have any viable embryos in order to implant and hopefully become pregnant.”
And, she has this message for other women who are considering motherhood: “Scientifically, it is just a proven fact that our eggs become less viable the older we get and after going through the struggles Slade and I have gone through to get pregnant the last few years, I wish someone had told me at a much younger age to freeze my eggs.”
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