Rochelle Humes has spoken out in defence of mothers who opt to give birth via a C-section.
The TV presenter, who had three children by C-section, revealed that she struggled afterwards as others made her feel like she had “failed”.
She said: “I thought I was going to have a natural birth, I thought that was what I was supposed to do.
“It didn’t happen that way, but I was OK with that. What I wasn’t ready for was the negative connotations that come with having a C-section.
“I’ve been in situations before where people have said: ‘Oh, are you too posh to push?’
“I remember feeling really, really offended. Almost like I’d failed, like I couldn’t do it properly.”
Speaking on her podcast with Kate Ferdinand, Rochelle spoke openly of her difficult recovery from the operations.
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She credited husband Marvin for his support afterwards, and revealed how he even had to help her wash, reports The Mirror.
“There were a lot of things I didn’t know were going to happen,” she said.
“I didn’t know I was going to have a catheter. I knew I was going to have a sore tummy, but I didn’t know walking would be a big deal for the first time, and getting to the toilet.
“Marvin was really helping me and he was showering me, and I thought: ‘Our relationship’s taken a real turn here. I’m sure this is not what he signed up for’.
“He helped me get washed and I was thinking: ‘This really doesn’t sit right with me’.”
“He was so good about it,” she added.
“He was like, ‘Rochelle, we’re married. This isn’t a thing, stop freaking out about it. I’ve forgotten about it already’. But for ages I kept thinking ‘oh my God, he’s seen me like this’.
“No one talks about the gruesome truth afterwards. You feel gross, you can’t wash yourself, it’s horrible.”
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Last year Rochelle gave birth to her third child Blake, despite hoping to have a birth without pain relief, she ended up having another C-section.
She said: “I learnt the hard way. I put this weird pressure on myself, then it went the opposite way.
“I’m noticing online more people talking about the way they delivered and some saying, ‘I had a natural birth’, and someone else saying: ‘Well, you had a vaginal birth – what I did was still natural.
“I brought my baby into the world, it just didn’t go the way I thought.’”
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