Tia Mowry shares pregnancy photo, endometriosis story

Tia Mowry reflects on her journey to become a mother after being diagnosed with endometriosis.

The Sister, sister star, 44, took to Instagram on Friday to share a series of throwback photos of herself, pregnant and as a mother. In one photo, she cradles her pregnant belly while wearing an open button placket. In another show, she shows off her maternity look in a black dress.

Mowry, the mother of Cree (11) and Cairo (4), wrote in the caption of the post why she was thinking about her pregnancies.

“I’ve always been incredibly candid about my diagnosis of endometriosis, because I know the fear and feeling of isolation all too well,” she wrote. “Looking back at these photos reminds me of how fierce and faithful I had to be. Luckily, each of us as women has the ability to draw on that and lean on each other. I do it all for my Cree and Cairo and would Doing it also for them is all over again.”

In November 2021, Mowry spoke to TODAY Parents about her diagnosis of endometriosis. At the time, she said her symptoms were “not taken very seriously.” It wasn’t until she saw a specialist that she learned that she had the condition and that it could affect her fertility.

“If you have endometriosis, you’re prone to having an ectopic pregnancy because of the scar tissue,” she explained. “With my firstborn Cree, I experienced excruciating pain after I got pregnant and that was a fear the doctors talked about.”

In March, she shared an Instagram post about her gratitude for her two children.

“I wasn’t even sure I’d get there — I was so scared when I first heard my diagnosis, thinking I might not be able to have kids,” she wrote at the time. “And I know I’m not the only one who’s been on the same journey. But I’ve learned that having endo doesn’t necessarily mean that one’s dream of having a child won’t come true. And after making changes in the diet, focused on my health, and many prayers came to my beautiful children. So for others out there with endometriosis, I see you – and send you love, strength, encouragement and healing.”

In addition to her focus on her physical health, Mowry spoke to Yahoo Life earlier this year about how she’s also prioritizing her mental health.

“After the death of two family members – one was old and the other young – I realized how short life really is. I had to find my peace and true happiness and focus on my mental health and start therapy,” she said. “I’ve had talk therapy for three years [now]. I have become extremely willful when it comes to my mental health. [The past few years] were a wake-up call. Life is short and you need to make sure you are mentally healthy. As a black woman, in our culture, therapy is not something we grew up with and [mental health] wasn’t something we were aware of.”

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