Congratulations are in order for Tia Mowry-Hardrict and her husband Cory Hardrict who are expecting their second child. The couple revealed the pregnancy via Instagram with an adorable photo that includes the couples's 6-year-old son Cree. But The Game star's journey to both pregnancies has been a bit more complicated.
Just a year ago, while at the BET Awards, when asked if she would be adding to her family, she revealed: “I do suffer from endometriosis. So there's a little bit of a challenge there, but I will say this: I am working on my diet. [..]I want to just clean myself out and get rid of inflammation in my body."
In 2006, Tia was diagnosed with endometriosis after she began experiencing extreme pain and complications. Endometriosis occurs when the layer of tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus begins to grow outside of it. The condition presents itself with severe pelvic pain, heavy periods, and for up to half of women, fertility issues. To address the problem, many women undergo laparoscopic surgery and treat symptoms with a variety of pain killers.
After a second surgery, the 37-year-old actress wasn't seeing the results she so desperately needed, so her doctor suggested that she “clean up her diet." One reason that endometriosis is so difficult to treat is because it is has ties to inflammation. According to several doctors, a cleaner diet that eliminates food that can cause inflammation may help to alleviate many of the symptoms.
The process of giving up her favorite foods—one of which was her signature deep-fried cheese tortellini dish—included eliminating dairy, processed meats, packaged snacks, and refined sugar. Her new diet now includes more leafy greens, fruits, nuts and seeds, fermented foods, and high-quality protein. The change in diet drastically reduced her pain with some added benefits: her migraines went away and her skin cleared up. Can we say win-win!
Tia's success in battling her diagnosis and having a successful pregnancy inspired her to write the book Whole New You earlier this year. She penned the book to help other women with the same experiences change the way they think about food and help them on their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
It looks like she's taken her own advice, and it has actually paid off! With another bundle of joy on the way, her combination of therapies seem to have done the trick. There is nothing like hearing that little heartbeat for the first time, so I'm sure this time around was an extra-special treat for the couple. But Tia is careful to point out that this is what worked for her, and it might not be a one-size-fits-all solution.
She has said in the past that “Although I've had my own powerful healing experience, that does not give me the expertise or credentials to offer specific healing advice to anyone with a serious condition." A healthier and more balanced lifestyle in addition to a combination of therapies, surgery, physical therapy and pain management are some of the ways women can start to see relief from this painful condition.
Thank you for sharing your story, Tia. We're hoping that Cree has a little Sister, Sister on the way (corny pun intended)!