Joanna Krupa has now successfully undergone an egg-retrieval procedure, the final phase of the egg-freezing process she decided to undergo so that she can become a mom in the future.
“I’m happy that I decided to do this,” she told PEOPLE right before her procedure at The Fertility Institutes in Encino, California. “I will feel more secure about the fact that, no matter what the future holds, I will have these eggs stored, healthy and ready whenever I’m ready to become a mother.”
The Real Housewives of Miami and DWTS star, 35, says the preparation process – which entailed 12 days of hormone injections – has actually made her more eager to become a parent.
“I feel like now I want to be a mother even more than I wanted to before, because you kind of feel the way you would feel in a pregnancy, at least the beginning stages,” she explains. “I’m actually excited for motherhood, so maybe it will come a little sooner than I thought! But we’ll see what the future holds.”
Krupa says the actual procedure of retrieving the eggs was less difficult than she had anticipated.
“It’s been quite an easy process,” she says. “I have the most amazing doctor, Dr. Steinberg, and the most amazing nurses. I didn’t feel any pain.”
Steinberg was able to successfully retrieve 15 eggs during the procedure, which took about 45 minutes to perform. While Krupa is “relieved it’s over,” she’s not looking forward to the recovery period.
“I can’t go back to the gym for two weeks, which is a bummer,” she says. Still, she has no regrets. “This was a decision that I took and I’m glad it worked out.”