Karina Smirnoff opens up about freezing her eggs: 'I want to be a mother one day'

"Dancing With the Stars" pro Karina Smirnoff is living out her ballroom dreams on the dancing competition show, which she's appeared on for 17 seasons. That's not her only dream though: The 35-year-old dancer also wants to be a mom one day.

Smirnoff appeared on "Good Morning America" Thursday (Feb. 13) to talk about that goal and her decision to freeze her eggs. "My profession is dancing. I've been concentrating on my career for a long time. And I love what I do," she says. "But I know I want to be a mother one day."

The process included 12 days of estrogen injections before her eggs were retrieved. That was the part Smirnoff didn't enjoy, as she's not the biggest fan of needles. "I actually passed out," she reveals. "It literally took me an hour to stick the needle inside."

Now that the eggs have been harvested, Smirnoff's doctor says it's possible they can last indefinitely, for whenever she's ready to become a mother. "You feel empowered by the fact that you were able to give yourself an opportunity to not have to worry about your biological clock," Smirnoff says.
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