Former 'RHOC' Star Gretchen Rossi Says She's Having a C-Section Because She Has a 'Cervix of Steel'
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"I have a cervix of steel and it's not wanting to open up," the former Bravo star explained.

Gretchen Rossi has announced she's getting a C-section due to her "cervix of steel."

The "Real Housewives of Orange Country" alumna, who is pregnant with her first child with fiance Slade Smiley, opened up to her Instagram followers Tuesday about the couple's difficult decision to schedule a cesarean.

"I'm a total hot mess right now," Rossi said on her Instagram Story. "I've been crying for the last two hours. I know this sounds so stupid, but after today's doctor's appointment, it was very traumatic for me because they had to do this pelvic exam to see where my cervix was, if I'm dilated or not, and it was legit so unbelievably painful. I started crying so bad and it hurt so bad that I started to have a little bit of a panic attack because I got lightheaded and I felt like I couldn't breathe. I just clearly am not doing good.”

"After that, I spoke with my doctor and talked about all of the issues I am potentially going to have by inducing so I went from thinking I can do this and have a vaginal birth to now, the doctor, Slade and everyone [are] suggesting that I reconsider and just do a C-section," she continued. "I think it's the right thing. It's the safest thing for me and the baby at this point because [the doctor] says I have a cervix of steel and it's not wanting to open up."

The reality star added that she "really didn't want to do a C-section" and asked her followers who have had the procedure to reach out to her.

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Tomorrow I am #39 weeks! Yeah made it to full term (according to my app @whattoexpect) ✨ I am both anxious and excited about meeting her this week! (They are inducing me because I guess at my age (old AF 😜) your placenta starts to die off after week 39 πŸ₯΄ and could lead to potential problems, so I am trusting my Doctor with her advice, and I have done a ton of research on it, so I feel like it is the best decision for the safety of me and baby πŸ‘πŸ» ✨ The house is almost ready, still need to do some finishing touches to the nursery, like hang the wallpaper and changing out some drawer pulls etc. but I promise I will let you guys see it when it’s done πŸ™ŒπŸ» ✨ Thank goodness for Slade as he has been a huge help these past few weeks getting everything done around the house! (Including attaching everything to the walls after our scare of some earthquakes rolling through) I have been majorly nesting! Getting rid of tons of stuff, cleaning every nook and cranny like a crazy woman 😜 and putting each room back together with our new rugs on the floor (from my favorite place @orianrugs) so she can crawl around and not be just on our hardwood floors. It’s been a lot of work these past couple months getting the house ready, building cribs and bassinets, washing her clothes and building out her closet (with the help of @thecontainerstore) Getting all the diapers, bottles, and products I think we will need for her arrival! ✨ Washing our car right now as we speak, groomed the dogs, and washed all their beds and blankets throughout the house! Needless to say no wonder I had major cankles yesterday πŸ™ˆI have been doing a lot to get ready! ✨ I have a doctors appt. today to see if I am dilated at all πŸ™πŸ» and fetal diagnostics again tomorrow (with blood work) to prep for the big arrival on Wednesday! Cannot believe the day is almost here when I get to meet our sweet baby girl I have prayed for my whole life! πŸ™πŸ»β€οΈ Not gunna lie I’m super nervous about delivery, but I know once she is in my arms it will all be worth it! Thank you all for your prayers this week! πŸ™πŸ» ✨ Swipe left πŸ‘ˆπŸ» Dress from @ladyjetset hat from the Bahamas, sunnies from @forever21 #GretchenChristine Purse

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Rossi, 40, and Smiley, 45, who have been dating for nearly 10 years and engaged for five, announced last December they were expecting their first child together after struggling to conceive for over four years. Smiley has two sons from a previous relationship.

The couple revealed on an episode of "The Doctors" that their latest round of IVF had been successful.

"Finally we have news, that we are pregnant!" Rossi said on the show at the time. Smiley added, "And we're freaked out... but in a good way."

"It's so wild," Rossi said. "It still doesn't feel real."

In April, the Bravo alums said they would be naming their baby, a girl, Skylar Gray. The middle name, in particular, has a special sentiment.

"It was so interesting because when I told Slade, it was so cute to see his reaction to it," Rossi told Access. "He was just like, 'Oh my gosh, I love the name Skylar.' He immediately took to the name."

"One day, we both kind of looked at each other and started thinking about his son, Grayson, who is sick," she added, referencing Smiley's 18-year-old son who has been battling brain cancer since 2006. "And he has been this, just, angel on earth. And he's this little unbreakable, amazing little man."

Rossi is currently 39 weeks along.

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