Emily Andrea has praised Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague for for opening up about her experience with endometriosis.
Writing in her exclusive weekly OK! magazine column, Emily details what the condition involves and explains why it can be so "difficult" and "painful".
The NHS doctor, 31, also opens up about picking her son Theo, four, up from the nursery for the final time before he starts school and reveals the moment left her “almost in tears”
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I had a really emotional day recently as it was my last day collecting Theo from nursery before he starts school in September.
I was almost in tears and so was his teacher. He loves her and we had such a lovely parent teacher meeting.
She was telling me how polite and kind he has been which just made me really proud.
I do think I felt more emotional than I did on Millie’s last day because right now I’m not planning to have another baby, so it feels like this will be my last experience of this.
It wasn’t so bad when Millie finished as I knew Theo still had all that to come. School will be a big transition for him but I do think he’s ready and I just hope he enjoys it.
He is so inquisitive and loves learning so I think he will come on in leaps and bounds.
Claudia Winkleman was recently talking about how she told the Strictly Come Dancing bosses that she was going to quit the show as she thought filming clashed with her son’s first day of university and she didn’t want to miss it.
I can totally relate to that feeling.
I work for lots of great reasons, but at the same time there are so many things I’ve missed because of my job, like many other working parents.
The other week I was able to attend Theo’s sports day, but that was the first one of his and Millie’s I’ve been able to make in seven years!
I also missed the first time Millie crawled, which was awful. She crawled the first day I went back to university after having her and I literally cried for ages.
It’s tough but there are lots of things I’ve been able to experience, too, so I’m grateful for those.
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I feel so lucky that I’m able to work part time, as lots of parents aren’t in that position, and it does mean I can go to at least some of their school events.
I’m thankfully not working the day Theo starts school so I know that’s one milestone I won’t miss out on. Equally I love my job so I just do my best to get the balance!
I’m on the radio this week doing interviews and supporting a campaign with TENA about reducing the stigma around incontinence. It’s not something that just affects women, it can affect men, too, and no one should be embarrassed about it.
It was only when we went to the AirHop trampoline park last month that I realised I might need to work on my pelvic floor a bit!
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After giving birth twice you might expect some weakness in those muscles, but I’ve been neglecting the pelvic floor exercises.
I’ve since downloaded an app that teaches you how to do them. It’s all about making them a part of your daily routine.
I’d encourage anyone struggling with incontinence to speak to your GP as there may be things that can help. You’re not alone!
Endometriosis can be a difficult condition
Love Island star Molly-Mae Hague has opened up about the severe pain she experiences from endometriosis. She admitted it gets so bad she “can’t stand up” and feels like she’s in “labour”.
Endometriosis can be a difficult condition but it’s actually very common. It’s where the tissues similar to the lining of the womb grow elsewhere in your body.
These bits of tissue still respond to your hormones, for example bleeding during your period, but when this happens there is nowhere for the tissue to go, which is why it can be incredibly painful.
Aside from abdominal pain there are lots of other symptoms such as nausea, heavy periods, back pain, pain whilst passing urine or bowel movements and difficulty getting pregnant.
That said, some people can have the condition and not even realise or have troublesome symptoms. The treatment for endometriosis involves tackling the symptoms that arise.
If you’re worried about any symptoms related to the condition you should speak to your GP.
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