Meghan King Edmonds on How Hormone Shots Were the Worst Part of IVF: ‘It Was Really a Roller Coaster Ride’
For Meghan King Edmonds, the moment she found out she was pregnant made all the effort and pain — both physical and mental — involved with IVF totally worth it.
“It was completely surreal,” The Real Housewives of Orange County star, 31, said in a recent interview for PEOPLE Now of when she and her husband, former professional baseball player Jim Edmonds, found out they were having their first child together. “It was like something you see in a movie.
“I remember exactly where I was,” she continues. “I was in my bathroom in my California house, and Jimmy was out in the hallway. And I called him in and he was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s real!’ ”
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Edmonds is currently about five months along with their daughter, who will be her first child and the fifth for her husband, who has four other children from previous marriages. Edmonds revealed the news of her pregnancy exclusively to PEOPLE in June.
The current season of RHOC, which premiered in June, has been chronicling Edmonds’ journey with IVF.
And although the reality star and sales executive isn’t a big fan of needles, she says having to give herself hormone shots actually wasn’t as bad as what came after.
“For me, with IVF, it was the hormones. It was really a roller coaster ride,” says Edmonds, who notes it was better to give herself the shots because she felt more in control of the experience. “Feeling exhausted and bloated … it changed my lifestyle. I’m used to working out every day, and I wasn’t able to because I was tired.”
She adds, “And my ovaries were growing so big that [it] was actually dangerous if they would’ve gotten hit. They could’ve bursted.”
I wanted my IVF journey to be shown to the world in order to show my reality that is this crazy IVF thing. I want to humanize the process and bring awareness to infertility (although I am lucky enough not to suffer from it). It's an isolating experience often accompanied by ugly emotions. Watch #RHOC tonight on @bravotv at 9/8c to see me give myself my first shot! This video is my reaction afterwards. I'm going to post more IVF stuff on @meghansivfjourney for my incredible IVF community and any others. It'll stay private to protect very young eyes
Their daughter isn’t due until around the holidays, but the spouses of almost two years are already throwing around name ideas — including one moniker in particular.
“We’re thinking about the name Watson, we really like that,” she says. “And that’s one of Jimmy’s family names. But I don’t know, we’ll see.”
While Edmonds notes they haven’t made any final decisions, she says she’s more than ready to name her daughter so she can get to work.
“I need to monogram things,” she jokes.
— Jen Juneau