Spice Girl Emma Bunton has admitted she struggled to have her children and the thought of not having children almost destroyed her
The 43-year-old has revealed she was diagnosed with endometriosis in her 20s and was told she would struggle to conceive and as March is the condition’s official awareness month, we decided to shine the light on a celebrity’s journey to motherhood.
Emma recently told Stella Magazine: “That nearly broke me, I knew I had the right partner and that I wanted to be a mum. I didn’t give up hope; it just wasn’t happening.”
Emma is one of thousands of women who live with endometriosis, a condition that, according to Endometriosis UK, is where cells that are similar to those that line the uterus are found in other areas of the pelvis and attach to organs, such as the bowel, kidneys and stomach.
The Spice Girl, who will begin a tour with three of her bandmates later this year, said it wasn’t until she signed up for BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2006 that things changed.
After one of her first performances, Emma got a telephone call from her doctor out of the blue to ask her whether she was pregnant.
Emma was shocked to discover that she was, in fact pregnant, five years after being diagnosed with endometriosis.
“Strictly got me pregnant”
The Heart Radio DJ said: “My doctor had seen me on the television holding my hands over my stomach and she just had a feeling I was pregnant.
“I did a test straight away and I was. I have no idea whether it was doing all that exercise but I was so happy. Strictly got me pregnant.”
Emma counts her dancing regime and the fact it made her fitter as a possible reason for getting pregnant.
Emma and her now husband, Damage singer Jade Jones, had Beau, 11 in 2007 and then four years later welcomed seven-year-old Tate.
The couple recently married at London’s Old Marylebone Town Hall after 20 years together.
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