Scheana Shay Suffers a Miscarriage After 'Miracle' Pregnancy: 'There Was No Heartbeat'
Scheana Shay has suffered a miscarriage.
The Vanderpump Rules star shared the sad news on Friday's episode of her Scheananigans podcast, revealing that she and boyfriend Brock Davies first learned of her "miracle" pregnancy "a few weeks ago" and were surprised, considering doctors previously told her "it would be close to impossible to get pregnant on [her] own."
"I didn't think that I could get pregnant on my own. My AMH levels, for those of you who know what they are, were 0.28. That's basically your fertility levels, and that tells you your egg count. I have very low ovarian reserve," explained Shay, 35, who previously opened up about freezing her eggs.
She had a few drinks while celebrating Davies' birthday and chalked up the subsequent vomiting to mixing alcohol, but soon discovered it meant something else: They were expecting.
Shay and her boyfriend were shocked by the positive tests and told close friends and family — the reality star even planned a special Father's Day surprise for her dad, to tell him the good news — but their celebrations soon turned to tragedy, starting with the Bravo star "bleeding all weekend, and it wasn't stopping."
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After phoning Vanderpump Rules alum Stassi Schroeder to congratulate her on her own pregnancy news and celebrating Davies' birthday in San Diego, Shay and her beau went to the doctor — on Davies' actual birthday — and got mixed results from her blood tests: While her HCG (pregnancy hormone) "went up significantly," it wasn't "doubling or tripling as it should," and her "progesterone dropped significantly."
The bleeding stopped after Shay went on progesterone supplements, and that, plus some research of her own, helped her hold "on to that little bit of hope" — until she went in for an ultrasound, when the doctor discovered "there was no heartbeat" and "nothing progressing" or "growing inside" her uterus.
"There were parts that he could see where [the fetus] was starting to form and it just didn't," she explained. "So obviously, [it was] just devastating. We were so excited. To be excited for a few weeks and then it's gone so quickly. It's still been a lot to process."
"Now I'm at home and I'm just waiting to naturally miscarry," Shay added, through tears. "I have to go back to my doctor this week so he can do another ultrasound. Because now I'm just literally sitting here waiting, feeling normal but still treating my body as if I'm pregnant, which is a complete mindf— because I know there's nothing progressing but there's still something there and I haven't passed it yet."
Today’s the day! Bye bye eggs! For me personally, this has been a very easy, painless and awesome experience. Everyone is different I’m sure. I am single and no where near trying to have a baby. So for me- yes, this was an easy process and when i say painless, I’m referring to the needles which i have no problem with. My AMH levels were only at .28 and for my age that’s insanely low. That’s disappointing to find out. It was an awesome experience to see everything that goes into freezing eggs. My doctor highly recommended for me to do this to have a better chance at a healthy baby down the road. I have learned so much about fertility and everything that goes into freezing eggs and IVF. You never know what will happen in life. @scrcivf and @drshahinghadir have been so amazing throughout this entire journey! Thank you to all of my super supportive followers who have been thru this and given me advice. If you are in your late twenties/early 30s and able to afford it, I highly recommend this! We retrieved 12 eggs and only got 9 mature of those, so I am already planning a second round this summer bc the more the merrier and better chance of being viable once fertilized down the road! In no way am I trying to minimize those struggling with infertility by saying this is “easy”. I’m not trying to have a baby right now, so this was an easy decision for me to make and thankfully I’m fortunate enough to be able to afford it. My heart goes out to all of the women struggling with infertility. I could likely be in that boat one day which is why I’m being proactive now with such low AMH levels. I’ve also had numerous women reach out thanking me for sharing this bc if they knew sooner that this was an option, maybe they wouldn’t be struggling with infertility issues. This is MY post about MY journey. Thank you all for following me thru this experience ... ♥️🥚 and to all of the negative and uneducated comments on this post, check out the next episode of @scheananigans where my DOCTOR answers all of the questions men and women need to know.
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Shay is returning to her doctor on Friday to see "what the next steps are," whether it's taking a pill to stimulate passing the tissue, a dilation & curettage surgery or something else entirely.
"I wanted to put this out because a miracle did happen, and I got pregnant for the first time in my life," she said of the reason she's sharing her story. "And although this one isn't working out and we don't know yet what's exactly gonna happen, I know that I was able to get pregnant on my own, and that alone is a miracle. And I know that this is something that's common, that so many women go through."
Shay froze her eggs — 16 total — in January and July of last year, and previously opened up about the process during her first retrieval round.
"It was an awesome experience to see everything that goes into freezing eggs," the reality star said at the time. "My doctor highly recommended for me to do this to have a better chance at a healthy baby down the road. I have learned so much about fertility and everything that goes into freezing eggs and IVF. You never know what will happen in life."