Since announcing her pregnancy, actress Tia Mowry has been mum about how things are going, but her next bundle of joy highlights her health journey. While trying for her first child, 6-year-old Cree, the Cooking Channel host revealed she had to change her diet to combat her endometriosis.
“Despite my diagnosis, I still wanted to try and have a baby, but not being able to have kids was an immediate fear,” Mowry, who underwent two surgeries for the condition, told Parents magazine. “It made me feel out of control. I knew that I desperately wanted to have children and after speaking with a nutritionist that came recommended by my doctor, I was reassured that with the right eating habits and lifestyle changes (no sugar, no carbs!), I would have a better possibility of getting pregnant.”
Endometriosis occurs when abdominal tissue grows outside the uterine lining. It can cause debilitating pain, which Mowry dealt with before her diagnosis at 27. At 39, Mowry has kept up her healthy diet, which led to her conceiving Cree, her first child with husband Cory Hardrict.
“The cherry on top of this dairy-free sundae is that I got pregnant. Quickly,” she said in her book, “Whole New You.” “Given all of my health issues, I hadn’t expected it to happen so fast — if at all — but after I’d been following my new regimen for just twelve months, Cory came to visit me in Atlanta, and a few weeks later, we got the happy news!”
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After going through a diet she said to “just clean myself out and get rid of inflammation in my body,” Mowry ultimately became pregnant a second time.
Mowry is not the only celebrity who has gone public with the pain of endometriosis.
Actress and co-host of “The View” Whoopi Goldberg, also deals with the condition. While speaking at the 2009 Blossom Ball for Endometriosis Foundation of America, Goldberg was thankful that her doctor caught the chronic disease.
“I had endometriosis 30 years ago maybe. I was very, very lucky,” she said. “I had an intelligent doctor who sort of knew what was going on and said well, here take this stuff and he cleared it up. I was very lucky.”
Singer Monica learned she has the condition this May at age 46. It led to fibroids, uterine cysts and a hernia that took eight hours to surgically remove and repair, she said on Instagram.
In life we have to count it all joy and know the unplanned may be in his plan💓May 30th I had an almost 8 hour surgery to remove my endometriosis (which I didn't know I had until two weeks prior) , 2 cysts, fibroids & a hernia that all were making me very sick…I've known something was wrong but I also knew victory & better health would be near again!! Thank you Dr. Ceana Nezhat & Northside Hospital Staff #RoadToRecovery #CountItAllJoy #ALLSMILESALLTHEWAY New Hair Color (Requested By my husband LOL) done by: @touchedbyjuels Cut: @deedeemetzger Styled by: @kayhairnista Makeup by the face slayer : @eva_thediva_kim Photo: @dogvisionpictures