‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ Alum Gretchen Rossi Gives Update on ‘Arduous’ In Vitro Fertilization Process

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Gretchen Rossi attends the Women's Power Brunch at EnVy Lounge on February 24, 2018 in Newport Beach, California. Jerod Harris/Getty Images

Stayin’ positive. Gretchen Rossi shared an update about her experience undergoing another round of in vitro fertilization with fans on Sunday, May 6 — and she remains optimistic.

The Real Housewives of Orange Country alum, 39, posted an Instagram photo using a Snapchat filter that featured a flower in her hair. “Yesterday was surgery for egg retrieval #2…..Thank you @drmarksurrey and @scrcivf for making every step of this arduous process so much easier. The surgery centers staff was incredible as well, and I am grateful for everyone taking such good care of me,” she captioned the shot. “Thank you guys for all your sweet messages yesterday…..today I am home resting & Slade is a good nurse,” she added, referring to fiancé Slade Smiley.

Rossi opened up about her experience trying to get pregnant with IVF while speaking exclusively with Us Weekly in February 2018. “I had done IVF three years ago and I had shared a little bit of my story about that publicly, but it literally took me three years to get back to a place emotionally and physically and mentally to do IVF again,” she told Us. “It was a very, very difficult process for me. A lot of harder than I had anticipated.”

“So this round … we’re just with one of the best doctors in the world and I’m just feeling so much more confident and excited,” Rossi continued. “I feel like the protocol is just really inlined with my body and with everything that’s going on. I don’t know how to explain it, I just feel different this round.”

Rossi and Smiley, who got engaged in 2013 and once appeared together on Marriage Boot Camp, have worked hard to not let their infertility struggles affect their relationship — but, as Rossi also told Us, it isn’t always so easy.

“There’s definitely been a lot of days that I’ve struggled with my emotions and I struggled with ‘is being with Slade the right thing?’ When you love somebody that much, even if that means letting them go or letting them go down a different path to have what it is that they think will ultimately think will make them happy, that’s what true love is,” she revealed to Us. “However, going through that and experiencing those emotions was probably one of best things that could have happened to us — because it made us realize that whether or not we have children together or whether or not we did have biological children together, that ultimately us being together meant more.”

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