Emma Roberts made Cosmopolitan history as the first pregnant star to grace the magazine’s cover. The actress talked about the difficulties she encountered after having her eggs frozen before she got pregnant with her first child with boyfriend Garret Hedlund.
Roberts was diagnosed with endometriosis and had her eggs frozen as advice by her doctor. This health condition can pose fertility problems and cause severe pain during menstrual periods. Roberts revealed that she always wanted to be a mother.
She told Cosmopolitan, “At 16, I thought, ‘By the time I’m 24, I’ll be married with kids. And then I was 24 and I was like, ‘Remember when I said I would be married with kids by now?’ With work, especially with acting — the travel, the hours — it’s not always conducive to settling down in a traditional way.”
She continued, “It really started to come to the forefront of my mind when, a few years ago, I learned that I’ve had undiagnosed endometriosis since I was a teenager. I always had debilitating cramps and periods, so bad that I would miss school and, later, have to cancel meetings. I mentioned this to my doctor, who didn’t look into it and sent me on my way because maybe I was being dramatic? In my late 20s, I just had a feeling I needed to switch to a female doctor. It was the best decision. She ran tests, sent me to a specialist. Finally, there was validation that I wasn’t being dramatic. But by then, it had affected my fertility. I was told, ‘You should probably freeze your eggs or look into other options.'”
Roberts admitted feeling terrified after knowing there’s a possibility that she couldn’t have kids and decided to follow her doctor’s advice. She also expressed her gratefulness to those who offered their support to her. She shared that she felt thankful knowing she wasn’t alone and hadn’t done anything wrong.
She explained, “It sounds cheesy, but the moment that I stopped thinking about it, we got pregnant. But even then, I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Things can go wrong when you’re pregnant. That’s something you don’t see on Instagram. So I kept it to myself, my family, and my partner, not wanting to make grand plans if it wasn’t going to work out. This pregnancy made me realize that the only plan you can have is that there is no plan.”
The actress also talked about her experience of being pregnant during the pandemic.
She said, “Long story short: I am hungry and tired. Food and sleep do not abide by the normal laws when you’re pregnant. But I’m healthy, which is the thing I’m most grateful for. To see my body change inside and out so drastically has been a wild experience. Surprising and beautiful. Then again, some days I feel like I’m being hijacked by something.”
As reported earlier, Gigi Hadid shared her first selfie with a new baby girl.