As a successful cookbook author, actress, model and television host, Padma Lakshmi seemingly has it all. But behind closed doors, the star has been suffering from a disease that made her chances of conceiving a child naturally nearly impossible.
For years, the 'Top Chef' host, 44, battled debilitating symptoms including bloating, cramping, excessive bleeding and severe abdominal pain before finally being diagnosed with endometriosis at age 36.
“It’s embarrassing [to speak about],” she admitted in a new interview. “It’s something that is deeply private and personal.”
Padma has hosted 'Top Chef' since 2006. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Realizing she had endometriosis — a disorder where a woman's uterine lining begins growing outside her uterus because it cannot be expelled during her menstrual period — was just the first hurdle the star had to face.
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“[After my diagnosis], I was told I would never have children naturally, that I only had a 10 to 15 percent of having them in vitro,” she recalled. “When you’re staring down the barrel of your 40th birthday and you hear that you can’t have kids because this disease went unchecked and undiagnosed for so many years, it’s devastating.”
Padma with her daughter, Krishna, 5, in December 2013. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Against all odds, Padma gave birth to her first child, daughter Krishna — whose father is venture capitalist Adam Dell — in February 2010.
“I’m so lucky to have her. Her middle name is Thea, which means ‘gift from God,'" the proud mom told 'People' magazine.
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