Golnesa ‘GG’ Gharachedaghi is pregnant with her first child!
The Shahs of Sunset star announced the happy news in a post on her Instagram by sharing a video of her listening to her baby’s heartbeat at a doctor’s appointment.
“And then, there was you!” Golnesa captioned the clip.
GG later talked to PEOPLE about expecting her first child and how overjoyed she is about this new stage of her life.
“This is what I wanted my entire life,” GG gushes. “When little girls were talking about their perfect husband and their perfect weddings, I was talking about the 10 kids I was going to have.”
“I just always knew I’d be a mom someday,” she adds. “I’m finally at this point where I’m ready to make this move. I can’t wait to give this child a life of unconditional love without judgment, the same way my mom has shown me my whole life. I just wish she could teach me how to cook! I still haven’t figured that out yet…”
GG is currently single and plans to raise her baby on her own. The Shahs of Sunset star used a sperm donor and got pregnant via in vitro fertilization in August.
While GG is over the moon about having a baby her road to pregnancy wasn’t easy and because of that, she’s a bit nervous about the journey. In early 2019, GG almost died after suffering an ectopic pregnancy following her first successful IVF transfer. Both of GG’s Fallopian tubes were removed after the reality star was forced to undergo emergency surgery.
“What I went through a couple of months ago is so traumatizing,” the Shahs of Sunset star recalls. “Right now, it’s still very scary for me.”
The road to baby began back in October 2018 for GG. Following her divorce in January 2018, GG decided to have a baby on her own.
“I heard about a really good donor concierge company, who scavenges through the data from all the sperm banks in the nation and some neighboring countries to find you what you’re looking for,” Golnesa recalls.
“It’s amazing how the process really works,” she says. “The profiles are about 47 to 50 pages each, and they’re filled with all this amazing information, like genetic background for the man and his entire family. I hate to joke about it, but you know the Build-A-Bear Workshop? It’s almost like that, but it’s a human. Build-A-Baby!”
“It took a long time, but I walked through each step with this knowledge and excitement that I was going to be a mom someday,” GG explains.
Weeks after her first embryo transfer in April 2019 GG knew something wasn’t right.
“I would have a bit of a cramp here and there, and I started spotting a bit,” she explains. “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.’”
However, GG’s suspicions were true. At her five-week ultrasound, the doctor couldn’t find the gestational sac. It was later located in her left Fallopian tube by experts.
“It was an ectopic pregnancy,” the Bravo star recounts. “The only option was to terminate it — in my case, through the distribution of a very strong drug called methotrexate.”
“That was probably the most traumatizing moment of my life,” GG admits. “Literally, just a couple of days before, I was celebrating. And now, I was mourning.”
Yet, things were only about to get worse for the Shahs of Sunset star. At an appointment three days later, GG learned that methotrexate hadn’t dissolved the sac at all so over the next six days she was given two additional rounds of the medication. Ultimately, GG ended up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where both her Fallopian tubes were removed.
“The sac wasn’t dissolving and it was on the verge of rupturing, which would have killed me,” Golnesa tells PEOPLE. “I’m lucky I got it in enough time.”
Afterward, GG felt angry, depressed, and lost.
“For weeks, [I was] playing the, ‘Who am I supposed to be mad at?’ game,” GG says. “I wanted to blame someone and I couldn’t. I kept blaming myself because no one had an answer. I checked back into therapy, to try to figure out how to work through this all.”
“You think this is supposed to be such an exciting time, but this second time around, I was sort of numb,” GG explains. “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 adds. “So I’ve slowly been feeling more and more relaxed about it.”
Despite having a baby on her own GG says she has a great support system around her including her “amazing” parents.
“My mom is such a soldier for me,” she says. “She’s literally my punching bag. These hormones are no f–ing joke. I have to inject myself every morning in the butt with just pure hormones and I just rage. I cry for random reasons. And my mom’s just been there for it all.”
In fact, Golnesa says she hasn’t even dated since her divorce.
“I’m okay right now focusing on me and my baby,” the star says. “We’re in a day and age that women are so much more independent, and we’re not necessarily relying on men in order to move forward in life. I can start a family and have my child without being in a relationship right now.”
“If I’m lucky to meet someone who I vibe with and it works, that’s great, but I’m not interested in getting married in the future and don’t necessarily see myself with a forever life partner,” GG explains, adding, “My forever will be my child.”
As for the baby’s sex, GG is keeping that to herself for the time being.
“My life is such an open book, I kind of want to keep one thing a little close,” she says, joking, “But knowing me, I’ll blurt it out at one point.”
Shahs of Sunset fans may get to see GG’s road to motherhood playout on the upcoming eighth season of the show. No word on when the show is returning to Bravo.
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