You will soon give birth to one of the most anticipated babies in the world and like your princess predecessors, you’ll be expected to parade outside of the hospital in front of throngs of photographers to show off your new bundle of joy shortly after giving birth. You’ll smile, you’ll wave, you’ll be radiant, but between your legs will be a whole different story.
Sure your blowout will be perfect for your hospital step photo-op, but people will be opining on all the wrong things instead of having an honest conversation about what women go through during birth and immediately thereafter. In my line of work we tackle the side of childbirth that won’t get as much airtime. Women are breaking down barriers left and right, so why is it still considered taboo to talk about the raw aftermath of what your body just went through?
Spoiler alert: bringing a new life into the world usually starts with your vagina, and the aftermath is a mess. The bleeding and swelling will linger, peeing will burn, and sitting like your old self will feel like a herculean feat. And if it’s a C-section, there’s a whole host of other issues to tend to. So when the “big reveal” day arrives but you’re feeling like all the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put your vagina back together again – use this stage to do your part for all women who are about to embark on their first “fourth trimester.” Skip the pomp and circumstance of the baby parade. Let the headlines instead read: “Prince Brings Royal Baby Out Because Mom Is in Bed Sitting on a Pack of Ice.” And if you really can’t skip it, then at the very least flash us a glimpse of the mesh underwear underneath to keep it real. With your help we’ll have made some real progress. We’ll be rooting for you on your path to recovery and hope you take all the time you need – because raising a human requires feeling like a human. Trust us, your vagina (and baby) will thank you.
Chelsea Hirschhorn, mom of 3+CEO
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halle_kat@sarahrdana no not really! looks like she just wanted to talk about her own birth experience and invoke megan markle for attention. very sad and hypocritical
halle_kat@elliemoms ok, can we have them w friends and loved ones and not impose ourselves into the lives of private women who haven’t solicited our advice on a full page ad of the NYT though?
adzhaitzSo good and so valid to hope that a woman in such place would take this realistic approach. Yet at the same time, condemning how a woman (especially one in such a primitive, private space like hers) chooses to go about her post-birth exposure seems anti-supportive. I’d hope, instead, to offer her support: stating that despite the pomp and circumstance, we KNOW the reality, and should not let the beautified, post-birth Princess dissuade what’s true. Seems kinder than pitting other females against her, in whichever form she chooses to present herself.
belldingyGeez why put such gross responsibilities on her?? Why do people expect someone to take on so much just to please them?? Why didn’t you do it?? Three babies and you didn’t do it and you want someone else to do it for you? Come on, hasn’t Meaghan gone thru enough already???
belldingyMeghan, don’t listen to people, you do what you please
belldingyWomen like this make me sick. You’re a feminist because obviously you bully other women???? You’re an idiot
belldingyBy the way, why didn’t you ask Kate Meddletone to do this at baby number 3???
maddieammiano@amanda_wenischagreed! 🙌🏼 . Also sometimes people seem to forget she’s royalty and as you said, she might not even have a choice! MM knew what she was marrying into and that Royalty Line comes with A LOT of mandatory traditions. This is not just any birth and every birth is different. I don’t hate this article, but it’s unnecessary.
tglam_eventsI understand where you’re coming from but not everybody feels all the agony after childbirth as described by you. I’m a mum of 2 and both labour and recovery were different. What people do after they gave birth is like a man cave rule. #1 My baby my decision! If anybody isn’t happy about it, refer back to #1. Leave Megan alone.