“Parenthood” star Monica Potter revealed she’s battling colitis after a tweet featuring her very prominent belly convinced the internet she was pregnant.
Potter, 46, shared the initial post Wednesday night with the caption, “I have something to share.”
Not long after, news of her apparent pregnancy was picked up by multiple outlets, and fellow actresses like Yvette Nicole Brown and “Parenthood” co-star Erika Christensen were offering their congratulations.
But all was not as it seemed — Potter revealed Thursday morning that she was not, in fact, expecting her fourth child, but instead was raising awareness for her recent colitis diagnosis.
“We posted something yesterday about my belly and thank you for all of the well wishes. I’m not pregnant. I’m kind of a little old to be pregnant, but you never know,” she said in a YouTube video.
Potter explained that she’d shared the photo of her bloated stomach in order to raise awareness for stomach and intestinal issues like colitis and Crohn’s disease, and to urge her fans to keep their health in check with colonoscopies.
“I just wanted to let you guys know how important it is to go and get a colonoscopy,” she said. “I have colitis and I haven’t really talked about it. It’s not something very glamorous. I’ve had to wear adult diapers sometimes driving (12-year-old daughter) Molly to school.”
The actress, who starred on the beloved NBC family drama “Parenthood” as Kristina Braverman for all six seasons, added that digestive diseases should not be taken lightly — and a colonoscopy could potentially be life-saving.
Potter did not reveal when she was diagnosed with colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, but she’s not the only star to battle an autoimmune disorder.