After sparking pregnancy speculation with a picture of her stomach on Wednesday, the Parenthood star took to YouTube to clarify that she isn't expecting her fourth child but rather has colitis.
"So, 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. Down the road, who knows," Monica said in a video on Thursday. "But what I wanted to bring to everyone's awareness was some issues that I've been having with my belly, and sometimes these things aren't talked about. Colitis, Crohn's, and getting a colonoscopy to diagnose what's going on with our stomachs and intestinal problems."
The actress then urged viewers to get a colonoscopy and an endoscopy and opened up about her diagnosis.
"I have colitis. I haven't really talked about it. It's not something very glamorous," she said. "I've had to wear adult diapers sometimes driving [my daughter] Molly to school—that's not glamorous either, but I think finding the right healthcare provider and dealing with these issues can prolong your life and also diagnose things that you might not really understand."
Monica also insisted that her previous post was "not meant to be a joke." She revealed that she decided to share her diagnosis after she noticed bloat in her belly.
Watch the video to hear her share her diagnosis.
E! News mistakenly reported Monica was pregnant on Wednesday. The original article is below.
Monica Potter wants to expand her family one more time.
On Wednesday afternoon, the beloved Parenthood star revealed some big news on Instagram. As it turns out, she's expecting another baby!
"I have something to share..." the owner of Monica Potter Home wrote to her followers while debuting her baby bump online.
This marks the second child for Monica and her husband Daniel Christopher Allison. The 46-year-old actress also has two grown sons from her marriage to Tom Potter.
As soon as the news was out, fans and followers couldn't help but express their joy and excitement on social media.
Yvette Nicole Brown wrote "Wow! CONGRATS" in the comments section while Parenthood co-star Erika Christensen added, "omg omg omg omg <3."
While Monica earned many fans for her role as Kristina Braverman on NBC's long running series, pop culture fans will also remember the actress from projects like Wisdom of the Crowd, Boston Legal and The Last House on the Left.
And throughout her career, the Hollywood star has found being a mom is the best title of them all.
"Once you become a parent, you automatically care less about yourself than you do about your child," she previously told Good Housekeeping. "It's even bigger than marriage. Maybe it shouldn't be, but for me, it is."
As for how she would describe herself as a mom, Monica had a few honest words.
"Overly worried, mindful, and a little bit ditsy," she told the publication. Something tells us lots of parents will relate. Congratulations Monica on the big news!
(Originally published Wednesday Jan. 17 at 8:34 p.m. PST)