'Parenthood' Star Monica Potter Is Not Pregnant—Despite 'Baby Bump' Photo
The 46-year-old actress, who played Kristina Braverman on the NBC series, clarified her condition in an Instagram video Thursday after appearing to announce her fourth pregnancy.
"Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes," Potter captioned the post. "I'm not pregnant but wanted to shed some light on some issues we all may deal with, especially women.
"I've had colitis for almost 2 years and sometimes when I get flareups it's painful and frustrating," she shared, "So for all of you who suffer from colitis or other abdominal issues, please know you're not alone."
Thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes. I’m not pregnant but wanted to shed some light on some issues we all may deal with, especially women. It’s never really talked about because it’s not sexy, pretty, our glamorous to say the least, so I decided to share a photo to possibly inspire my friends (you), create a platform to share stories, and rely on each other for support and guidance. I’ve had colitis for almost 2 years and sometimes when I get flareups it’s painful and frustrating, so for all of you who suffer from colitis or other abdominal issues, please know you’re not alone. I’m going for a check up on Friday and following up with colonoscopy this month. I want to stress the importance of getting regular check-ups with your gastroenterologist or family physician. I hope this open discussion will lead to many other things we face as women, mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and every role we take on. Take time for yourself and go get checked. Even if you’re not having issues it’s important. Please note that I am not sponsored by anyone but me - I did this on my own, and just wanted to share. That being said, a huge thank you to these foundations that are bringing awareness and guidance to all of us for better health💜 #colon #colonoscopy #colitis #ulcerativecolitis #americanmedicalassociation #clevelandclinic #crohncolitisawareness #crohnsdisease #livehealthy #womenshealth #prevention #health
"I'm going for a check up Friday and following up with colonoscopy this month," the star added. "I want to stress the importance of getting regular check-ups with your gastroenterologist or family physician."
Potter had posted a photo Wednesday of what people assumed was her baby bump. Her Parenthood co-star Erika Christensen and actress Yvette Nicole Brown were among those to congratulate the star on the "news."
"I have something to share..." Potter, who is mom to daughter Molly and sons Liam and Daniel, captioned the picture.
Colitis is an inflammation of the colon that can cause abdominal pain and other symptoms. Potter said having "a healthy diet, exercise plan and a good outlook on life" have helped her manage her symptoms.
By Annie Martin
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.