The road to motherhood isn't always easy. If you have medical complications that make conceiving a challenge, trying to reconcile with that can be difficult. Emma Watkins, aka Emma the yellow Wiggle, has been open about her infertility struggles. And she knows that her road to motherhood may be hard.
In the spring of 2018, Watkins pulled out of a Wiggles tour to receive treatment for her endometriosis. Until that point, no one publicly knew she was suffering from the illness. For those who may not know what it is, endometriosis is a chronic illness. Affecting the reproductive organs, tissue from the uterine lining grows over the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and intestines. This causes a lot of issues with menstruation and when you're ready, conception.
“I have been in a lot of pain for the past couple of years,”she said at the time of the announcement.
Watkins, who is 29, is certainly thinking ahead and her plans for motherhood. “I would actually have to try quite hard and I know with the endo I probably wouldn’t be able to plan it out anyway," she said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph in Australia. While it's not impossible to get pregnant when you have endometriosis, it's certainly a lot harder.
She is also largely aware that a lot of people are struggling with infertility as of late. “I mean, how hard is it for people to have babies now? The decline in fertility is so big at the moment, which is awful,” she says. And it's true across the board. At least she's aware of the struggles she may face and that other couples are facing. Speaking out, while it can be difficult, helps to destigmatize these struggles.
The surgery she underwent in 2018 would certainly aid her in conceiving when she's ready. At the time of her surgery, she explained “my doctor has advised I need 12 months to recover from this surgery" to think about having children.
But right now, her focus isn't on having children. “All of my friends have children but I’m thinking I’ve still got a lot to do,” she says. The Wiggles have quite an extensive touring schedule, and Emma is certainly the most popular member of the group. On top of that, she continues to do work showcasing Australian sign language and dance.
Additionally, her longtime relationship with fellow Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie (aka Lachy the purple Wiggle) has ended. The couple were married for two years before separating in 2018. Their divorce was finalized earlier this year, but they remain friends.