New to Bounty?
By Maddison Leach
Emma Watkins has confessed she and new husband Oliver Brian “just don’t know” if they will be able to have children after years of the former Wiggle battling endometriosis.
The newlyweds delighted fans with photos from their intimate country nuptials in early May, but starting a family won’t be easy for Emma.
“After stage four endo, I am pretty realistic in the fact I don’t know what my chances are,” she told The Daily Telegraph.
“If it happens, that would be amazing, if it doesn’t, that is okay too.”
The beloved entertainer has been open with her health struggles for years now and has come to terms with the impact her endometriosis diagnosis could have on her plans for motherhood.
An estimated one in 10 Australian women live with endometriosis, which causes tissue similar to the uterine lining growing outside of the uterus, causing pain, fertility issues and other complications.
For Emma, whose case is considered severe and widespread, the condition could make it difficult to conceive and carry a pregnancy, or prevent her from having children altogether.
But she and Oliver are in no rush to start trying for a family either, especially after Emma had to undergo surgery to help treat the symptoms of the debilitating condition.
WATCH: Emma Watkins dons yellow for Endometriosis awareness. Story continues after video.
“My headspace is not completely there yet,” she told the outlet of her approach to motherhood.
“After the surgery and recovery, it has taken me a good four years to get my body to be in a place where it is really healthy.”
Emma has been a vocal advocate for endometriosis awareness after suffering for years with no idea why her body seemed to be turning against her.
She told Now To Love in 2019 that she simply “wasn’t really that aware” of the condition and therefore “put off” seeking medical treatment for her constant pain.
“But if you don’t feel right and you know yourself intuitively and in your own body, if something isn’t that right it’s best to get it checked and get it checked more than once.”
Emma has been open about her experiences with endometriosis.
In 2018 she underwent surgery to remove some of the tissue growing outside her uterus, but there is no cure for the condition and repeat surgery is one of the only ways to manage the pain and complications associated with it.
Emma has since used her platform to urge other women, especially young mothers who would attend her Wiggles performances, to advocate for their own health and seek advice if they experience any symptoms that could be linked to endometriosis.
“Go and see someone, that’s all you can do, there’s no other way to help … be on top of your health and go and talk to people,” she previously urged.
This article appears on Now To Love and is reproduced here with permission.