This Woman Explains Perfectly How C-Sections Are Hardly ‘Easier’

Janelle Salazar posted a message to her 600,000 Instagram followers, illustrating well that C-sections, while perhaps not as lengthy as giving birth naturally, are still painful procedures. (Photo: Instagram)
Janelle Salazar posted a message to her 600,000 Instagram followers, illustrating well that C-sections, while perhaps not as lengthy as giving birth naturally, are still painful procedures. (Photo: Instagram)

Janelle Salazar wants you to know that having a cesarean operation is hardly the easy way of giving birth. The personal trainer and Instagram influencer — she boasts well over 600,000 followers on the social media platform — recently gave birth to her third child and had to undergo an emergency C-section.

3 Days Post Cesarean Section removing staples today… The recovery is crazy not being able to move when we use our core for literally EVERYTHING is no joke. My legs/feet are beyond swollen & I don't have knees it hurts just to sit up, go to bathroom, take a shower, I can go on & on… After having two babies vaginally & expecting the same with baby #3 God had other plans. After 14 hours of labor & getting 8cm my body just stopped progressing & for 5 hours I wasn't dilating. I had a fever & baby's heart rate up to 195 we HAD to do an emergency C-section for the health of baby Dallas & I ❤️ So if you think having a c section is easier than having a baby vaginally, experience it first lol… I've done BOTH now.

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“After having two babies vaginally & expecting the same with baby #3 God had other plans,” Salazar explained in an Instagram post early this weekend. “After 14 hours of labor & getting 8cm my body just stopped progressing & for 5 hours I wasn’t dilating. I had a fever & baby’s heart rate up to 196 … we HAD to do an emergency C-section for the health of baby Dallas.”

Salazar, who also runs an athletic wear brand called Bodied, has documented her pregnancy for months, often showcasing how to exercise and stay fit and active while carrying a child, so it’s not surprising she continued to tell her story following the pregnancy.

My body is tightening up, hips & pelvic area are in pain everyday & I can't get any sleep. So I've been stretching daily. ‍♀️Pregnancy can take a huge toll on your mind, emotions & body. Having a good support system & not being stressed is so important✔ #stay strong #23weeks5days #Baby3 #Fitmom #getbodiedbyj #mommasboy #love #son #babybump

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When pregnant, most can't think of anything towards the end but having their body back to normal again, yet after having given birth you realize that the biggest part of you is now somehow external, subject to all sorts of dangers & disappearance, so you spend the rest of your life trying to figure out how to keep your baby close enough for comfort & protection. That’s the strange thing about being a mother: until you have a baby, you don’t even realize how much you were missing one, I'm going to miss you Belly❤️ Waist Beads by @waistbeads_womanwisdom

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HOWEVER you want to look at it, Its Happening #SNAPBACKBYJ coming to a program near you ONLINE $25✅ LINK & INFO IN BIO

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Took kids to school & THOUGHT I'd be going to the gym. Pulled up sat in car & decided I didn't want to & left. I Stretched instead. My pelvic/hips have been beyond achy & only getting worse with this growing baby @dallastatumbutler … Yes I do EVERYTHING to ease the pain Stretching, Resting, Epsom Salt baths, icing, you name it, I do it! ☝DO YOU WANT TO STAY ACTIVE & EASE THE PAIN/PREPARE FOR LABOR?CLICK LINK IN BIO TO JOIN MY PREGNANCY PROGRAMONLINE-24-7-$15✔️(video is sped up) #31weekspregnant #3rdtrimester

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#MotivationMonday Isn't about who has the most followers, the biggest butt, prettiest face or the most snatched waist. Motivation is about who inspires you to be a BETTER YOU! My FD up past, trials tribulations & my children inspire me to be a BETTER me daily… ❤️☝ By @chelbylynnn

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She’s even followed up her message on the pains of post-cesarian operation with a revealing video showing her staples being removed.

They have to cut through Many layers of skin & muscle to get your baby out, I have stitches all on the inside of incisions under aswell, after removal they will put sutures that will eventually fall off… I share because I care about educating women on all topics of life. A healthy lifestyle isn't just a fitness page that shows workouts, it's a well rounded page that INSPIRES & shows many aspects of REAL life experiences☝3 days post C-Section staple removal. Excuse my cracky voice, I'm high on pain meds

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Overall, Salazar’s effort seems to be appreciated by her followers. “Welcome to the club beautiful! We are strong! We have battle wounds!” wrote one commenter. “You are such a motivational person – not many women would share this but I love how you keep it real and show other women that there isn’t one thing our bodies go through that we should be ashamed of!” wrote another.

The CDC states that over 30 percent of births in the United States are by cesarean, according to data from 2015. That number is higher than “medically necessary,” states the World Health Organization. And that number has steadily risen in the U.S., from a low in the 1970s of 5 percent of births to what it is today. According to some expert estimations, approximately 5 percent of cesareans performed are due to emergencies, the rest being elective procedures.

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