Stacey Solomon's labour anger
- Bang Showbiz
- 29 September 2017
Stacey Solomon wants women to be more open about the realities of childbirth because she was so unprepared
Stacey Solomon was "furious" with her mother for not telling her the realities of childbirth.
The 27-year-old presenter - who has sons Zachary, nine, and Leyton, five - has called for women to speak more openly about labour because she had such a "traumatic" experience with her first child and thinks her subsequent battle with post-natal depression was a result of her ignorance of the process.
She said: "My experience with childbirth was a traumatic one, my age came into it because I was really really young.
"I was furious at my mum, my aunties, every woman in my family, for telling me it would be painful but at the end it would be this wonderful feeling, I'd forget all about the pain, [but] it was traumatic.
"I don't want to sit here and scare the rest of the woman population, women do it every day and I did it again but I was devastated I wasn't given the proper run through - this might be a bit gross for lunch time - but I didn't even know the placenta came out after the baby.
"You laugh but I did not expect this huge giant alien thing to be coming out of me after I'd already spent 22 hours pushing the first alien thingy out.
"I was mortified. I wasn't told about stitches, or how to deal with it afterwards, it ruined my experience and put me in a dark place and I think it's so important we speak about our experiences truthfully...
"I suffered post-natal depression after Zachary and I think breastfeeding and unawareness about what I was about to go through were the main contributors to that. I felt very unprepared and unequipped."
And Stacey insists there were many opportunities for her to be given the full picture, but no one did.
She added on 'Loose Women': "I went to anti-natal classes, I asked my mum, I asked my aunties, and all of the women in my family who'd had children, so I asked about it. You go, 'Is it really gonna hurt?' And people go, 'No, would you do it again if it was that bad?'
"If you've never broken a bone or been to the gynae, even the fact you've got to open your legs to the world and his wife, if that baby isn't coming out they'll shove their hands up and rip it out, be honest. I had full on up to the arms, ripping the baby out... They were tugging, they weren't gently coaxing."
The former 'X Factor' star - who is in a relationship with Joe Swash - advised women who are having babies to take control of their own labour.
She said: "Be in control, don't let anybody push you around with this because it's one of the hardest things you'll do as a human being, let them know how you want to do it."