Gregg Wallace’s wife Anne-Marie will undergo a hysterectomy early next year aged just 33 to prevent the spread of her endometriosis.
The Masterchef host, 55, and Anne-Marie, 32, who welcomed son Sid seven months ago, are now coming to terms with the fact they will not be able to have any more children naturally.
Speaking to OK! Magazine, Anne-Marie, known as Anna, said doctors had recommended she undergo a complete hysterectomy – the complete removal of the womb – due to the amount of pain she has endured since giving birth.
Brave: Gregg Wallace’s wife Anna will undergo a hysterectomy early next year aged just 33 to prevent the spread of her endometriosis
Proud parents: The Masterchef host, 55, and Anna, who welcomed son Sid seven months ago, are now coming to terms with the fact they will not be able to have any more children naturally
She said: ‘My endometriosis, which I’ve suffered with all my adult life, returned severely after I had Sid. It’s so bad I also have to have part of my intestine removed, as it has attacked my bowel too.
Anna said she will remain in hospital for ten days and be recovering for three months after the procedure.
Doctors previously told Anne-Marie and Gregg that it was surprising they were able to conceive Sid naturally due to the severity of Anne-Marie’s condition.
Anne-Marie, known as Anna, said having her ‘miracle’ baby Sid made the devastating news easier to bear, saying: ‘Having a hysterectomy without having already had a child, would have been horrendous.’
Condition: Speaking to OK! Magazine , Anne-Marie, said doctors had recommended she undergo a complete hysterectomy – the complete removal of the womb – due to the amount of pain she has endured since giving birth
Anna has had the condition since she was 16 and currently takes painkillers every day to manage the pain.
Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus – the endometrium – grows outside the uterus.
It most commonly affects the ovaries, Fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain although many women also experience cramping during their menstrual cycle.
Approximately half of women diagnosed with endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant.
Gregg also told the publication: ‘I’m not looking forward to Anna having the operation, but I’m looking forward to her being out of pain.
Anna said she will be on HRT ‘permanently’ after the operation to stabilise her hormone levels.
Couple: Anna has had the condition since she was 16 and currently takes painkillers every day to manage the pain
The couple welcomed their baby boy, Sid, in April this year.
The TV host and his stunning wife revealed their adorable newborn had been conceived in Italy, shortly before the couple had been due to start IVF.
Speaking on Lorraine in June, Gregg said: ‘We came back from a month in Italy, we came back with a book and a baby boy, and we’d been trying for two years.
Anne-Marie, also known as Anna added: ‘I think it was a mixture of sunshine, red wine and good food.’
Gregg said: ‘So many people said to us, just relax, and we were getting really fed up, but maybe they were right, because all that time away… He looks an Italian baby!’
The TV star, who started dating Anna in 2013 after meeting on Twitter, also discussed the start of the pair’s romance, and admitted he felt over insecure over their two decade age gap
Precious gift: Doctors previously told Anne-Marie and Gregg that it was surprising they were able to conceive Sid naturally due to the severity of Anne-Marie’s condition
He said: ‘When I started dating Anna I would get insecure and when I rang her, she would put me on the phone to her mum, and when I’d been out I spent almost an hour chatting to her.
‘People don’t realise I was a single dad, my eldest son Tom said, ‘He’s a very lucky boy this baby’, and I said yeah but his dad’s old and he said, ‘That’s OK dad he’s got me!’
‘My daughter Libby, she’s at home now, you can’t get baby Sid off her.’
Anna added: ‘Age is just a number.’
Gregg continued: ‘I honestly now believe that it’s a complete and utter game of chance, I just met someone who really likes and appreciates who I am, the chances of meeting someone who’s got what you want.
‘I’m really proud with my talented wife, and I’m really in love with my Italian extended family, but this is the only time Anna’s been on the telly.’
Miracle: Anne-Marie, known as Anna, said having her ‘miracle’ baby Sid made the devastating news easier to bear, saying: ‘Having a hysterectomy without having already had a child, would have been horrendous’
The pair had been trying to conceive for a long while, with Anne-Marie finally falling pregnant last summer shortly before the couple were due to start treatment to help them with the process.
It is Gregg’s third child; he shares Tom, 25, and Libby, 23, with his ex-wife Denise.
When he announced that he and Anne-Marie were expecting, the former-green grocer said: ‘We were due to start IVF but then it happened naturally after two years of trying.
‘The doctor told us it was a miracle Anna was pregnant.’
After the birth, Gregg celebrated with a boozy party, racking up a bar bill of ‘well over £2,000’ with John Torode and other pals.
Meanwhile Anne-Marie, known as Anna, was resting in hospital with her parents.
She told OK she was ‘fine’ Gregg partied all day after the birth of his son as she was ‘tired’.
The star added he wouldn’t have gone if she ‘hadn’t been happy about it’.
The television personality isn’t likely to give Sid any younger siblings in the future though, as he’ll already be in his 70s when Sid is grown up and moving out of the family home.
He said: ‘Usually when you have a child, by the time they’re 20 the parents get their life back a bit, but I’ll be in my 70s.
‘So, we agreed; one child and she’d have some help here at home – so her mum and dad have moved down from Coventry and they share this house.’
Photographer Anne-Marie also shares two pet French Bulldogs with Gregg.
The dogs are called Wally and Bella.
The couple first met in 2013 when they bonded over their love of food via Twitter, and despite a 21-year age gap they tied the knot three years later.
For information and support call Endometriosis UK on 0808 808 2227 or visit www.endometriosis-uk.org.
Candid: The TV host and his stunning wife revealed their adorable newborn had been conceived in Italy, shortly before the couple had been due to start IVF during an appearance on Lorraine in June