"This is what I wanted my entire life," Gharachedaghi told People. "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."
Gharachedaghi used a sperm donor and plans on raising the child on her own. And although she "can't wait to give this child a life of unconditional love", Gharachedaghi is moving ahead cautiously as the journey to pregnancy has been a difficult one.
Last spring, Gharachedaghi had a major health scare when her first successful IVF transfer ended up in an ectopic pregnancy. After an emergency surgery, she had both of her fallopian tubes removed.
"That was probably the most traumatizing moment of my life," she said. "Literally, just a couple of days before, I was celebrating. And now, I was mourning." The experience left her emotionally distraught, but she knew she wanted to try again. On August 29, she went in for a second IVF treatment.
"You think this is supposed to be such an exciting time, but this second time around, I was sort of numb," she explained. "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.'"
But the procedure was a success and Gharachedaghi looks forward to raising the child solo.
"I'm OK right now focusing on me and my baby," she confessed. "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."
And she's keeping the sex of the baby a secret for now. "My life is such an open book, I kind of want to keep one thing a little close. But knowing me, I'll blurt it out at one point," she quipped.
Gharachedaghi got married to Shalom Yeroushalmi in 2017 but they split after just seven weeks.