Emma Roberts Struggled With Endometriosis And Infertility Before She Gave Birth To Her Son

Emma Roberts, 31, always knew she wanted to be a mom. But she struggled with undiagnosed endometriosis and the possibility of infertility before she gave birth to her son Rhodes.

By Gina Florio1 min read
Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts and Garrett Hedlund welcomed their son into the world in early 2021, but unfortunately they split up in January 2022 after three years together. The two are still coparenting their son Rhodes. When Emma was pregnant in 2020, she opened up to Harper's Bazaar about some struggles she faced while preparing for motherhood, such as undiagnosed endometriosis and infertility.

Emma Roberts Struggled with Endometriosis and Infertility Before She Gave Birth to Her Son

When she was just a teenager, Emma dreamed of being married with children at 24 years old. But she struggled with "debilitating cramps and periods" through her 20s, and it wasn't until her late 20s that she finally found a doctor who could diagnose her endometriosis.

"Finally, there was validation that I wasn’t being dramatic," she said. "But by then, it had affected my fertility. I was told, 'You should probably freeze your eggs or look into other options.'" She did decide to freeze her eggs and it turned out to be "a difficult process."

"When I found out about my fertility, I was kind of stunned," she continued. "It felt so permanent, and oddly, I felt like I had done something wrong. But I started opening up to other women, and all of a sudden, there was a new world of conversation about endometriosis, infertility, miscarriages, fear of having kids. I was so grateful to find out I was not alone in this. I hadn’t done anything 'wrong' after all."

Emma said the moment she and Garret "stopped thinking about it" was when she got pregnant. But even then, she didn't want to share the news because she didn't want to get her hopes up. "Things can go wrong when you're pregnant," she said, so she just told Garrett and her family until she reached a later stage of her pregnancy.

"This pregnancy made me realize that the only plan you can have is that there is no plan," she concluded.

Rhodes is almost two years old now and Emma shares moments of motherhood on her Instagram page from time to time.