When Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi announced she's pregnant with her first child, the Shahs of Sunset mom-to-be also detailed how prior to this pregnancy she had an ectopic pregnancy earlier this year. After undergoing IVF and becoming pregnant in the spring, the Shahs friend experienced complications with that pregnancy after the embryo transfer in April.
“I would have a bit of a cramp here and there, and I started spotting a bit. I would freak out and say, ‘Something doesn’t feel right to me,’ and my doctors would calm me down, like, ‘It’s normal. Your uterus is making space for the baby. Lots of pregnant women have spotting. You’ve never been pregnant before, this happens,'" she explained in an interview with PEOPLE. "It was an ectopic pregnancy. The only option was to terminate it — in my case, through the distribution of a very strong drug called methotrexate.”
She learned of this five weeks into that pregnancy when doctors couldn't see the gestational sac on the ultrasound. It was found in her left Fallopian tube, which happens only rarely with IVF. “That was probably the most traumatizing moment of my life,” she said. “Literally, just a couple of days before, I was celebrating. And now, I was mourning.”
However, GG shared that it only became more serious from there. After the drug they gave her to terminate the pregnancy wasn't successful and they gave it two more times, they had to perform emergency surgery to remove both her Fallopian tubes. For years GG has suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, which may have contributed to the second tube becoming dilated and needing to be removed as well. “The sac wasn’t dissolving and it was on the verge of rupturing, which would have killed me. I’m lucky I got it in enough time," she said.
After that, her only option to become pregnant was IVF. She had her second transfer in late August with the use of a sperm donor.
“You think this is supposed to be such an exciting time, but this second time around, I was sort of numb. When I went in for the first ultrasound, I couldn’t breathe. I had anxiety for two days. I couldn’t sleep, thinking, ‘This is going to happen again.’ ... Sure enough, I had the ultrasound, and we saw [the embryo]. A week later, we saw the heart vessel pumping,” she said. “So I’ve slowly been feeling more and more relaxed about it.”
In case you're wondering what GG was looking for in a sperm donor, she details some very specific requirements for a donor during an interview with The Daily Dish in August 2018, which you can check out, above.