Katrina Scott is used to inspiring women. She co-founded the popular fitness brand Tone It Up, which encourages becoming the healthiest and strongest version of yourself. After all, it’s one of the reasons SI Swimsuit chose her as a 2021 rookie. But Scott never thought she’d be an inspirational voice for an issue many women struggle with: infertility.
Last year the fitness personality opened up about how she was diagnosed with secondary infertility -- not getting pregnant a second time after easily getting pregnant for the first child -- having suffered two miscarriages and a chemical pregnancy. Scott, mother to 2-year-old Isabelle, also underwent a dilation and curettage (D&C) to remove tissue from inside the uterus for testing.
The 37-year-old was open about the whole process in hopes of helping other women feel less alone. And it was during this time -- when Scott admitted she did not feel sexy anymore -- that SI Swimsuit chose her to appear in the 2021 issue. Landing this job was something that helped her cope.
“I hope to represent women who maybe think it’s too late for them or that their bodies aren’t capable of extraordinary things,” she wrote in an Instagram post sharing the news of her appearance in March.
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Scott recently opened up about her physical and emotional journey with in vitro fertilization. The model shared a video montage a few days ago of the daily shots she needed for an egg retrieval procedure.
“I’ve been pretty quiet, but this is a little glimpse of what our world has looked like lately,” she captioned the video. “This journey has been everything from heartbreaking to confusing and pretty dark. But it has shown me the beauty in hope, humanity and healing. I truly wouldn’t have had the courage to keep pushing through without all of you, my family, friends and incredible doctors and nurses.”
Scott also shared intimate images of how her body looked post-retrieval and answered follower questions about how she was feeling in an attempt to demystify the process. Of course, she offered honest and encouraging words for those also experiencing loss.
“To anyone experiencing loss, trauma, fertility struggles... or even uncertainty in their ability to overcome obstacles, I want you to know there’s always a light shining on you,” she wrote. “Keep your head up, your heart forward, and never forget that you are worthy of a beautiful story. It’s okay to ask for help and to say you need support.”
She added, “One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was walk into a fertility clinic after our losses and say I needed support. But as soon as I looked around the waiting room, I realized we’re never alone. It can be so isolating when we hold things inside. But really, we’re all in this together.”
As for the next steps, Scott and her husband Brian are waiting to learn if they have any viable embryos and will keep fans posted on the progress.