Actress Tia Mowry has always been transparent about her issues with infertility and the part that an endometriosis diagnosis played in her efforts to conceive. In a recent feature on the Kin Network, the 40-year-old mother of two talked about the importance of advocating for your health, particularly when she felt like a doctor wasn’t giving her any insight about painful menstrual cramps she had been experiencing for years. She also talked about how changes in her diet got her one step closer to becoming pregnant with both her son, Cree and then her daughter, Cairo, seven years later.
In the episode, Mowry shares that it wasn’t until a friend encouraged her to see a specialist that she got answers for painful symptoms she had been experiencing for years:
“For years, I would have very painful menstrual cramps.”
“I remember there was this one time, in particular, when I was in college. I was in so much pain that I had to excuse myself from the classroom. I ended up going to the bathroom and staying there until the class was over.”
Mowry says the friend encouraged her to see a specialist, since the doctor she was seeing repeatedly gave her the same remedies to deal with the pain including heat, exercise and rest. A specialist took her symptoms seriously, but informed her that in order for a proper diagnosis to be made, surgery would be necessary to see if scar tissue was the culprit behind the discomfort. Once inside the specialist determined that there was indeed scar tissue lining her uterus and proceeded to remove what they could.
When the surgery was completed, the doctor informed Mowry that there was a possibility that the endometriosis could return and that eliminating foods from her diet that cause inflammation such as dairy products, sugar and processed foods would help lessen the chances of scar tissue growing again:
“There are certain foods that cause inflammation in the body. This includes many of the things that are generally considered bad for you like dairy, anything that’s highly processed, and sugar.”
Mowry said in her efforts to conceive she changed her diet (which also inspired her cookbook) to increase her chances, and believes it was one of the main she was able to become pregnant with son, Cree:
“I’m with the love of my life, Corey, who’s my husband now. We were talking about getting married and having kids, and when I first learned that there was a possibility I could not have children — mind blown.”
“I just started to create recipes and cook at home — and lo, and behold that’s how Whole New You was created.”
“I truly believe, and so does my doctor, because I followed those guidelines, I was able to have my son, Cree.”
You can watch Mowry’s story below, as well as how endometriosis continues to affect her as mother below: