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Brooklyn Decker is opening up about her postpartum recovery and the "difficult conversations" around childbirth.
The 34-year-old actress, who recently joined forces with Bodily to support their #MyBodyMyNormal campaign — designed to normalize the changes women's bodies experience after pregnancy — shared a video with People, recalling some of the lesser-known side effects of childbirth that she experienced firsthand, including "clotting like crazy."
"You don't actually talk about stitches and bleeding and blistering and the pain of breastfeeding and the pain of vaginal recovery," the mother-of-two explained. "I was clotting like crazy … The nurse said to me, 'As long as they're not bigger than a golf ball, you're fine.' And they came close, but they never got bigger than a golf ball."
The "Just Go With It" star added that the nurse's advice helped her monitor the "shocking" amount of blood. "But her letting me know that little piece of information was so helpful because when I went home I could monitor that experience," Decker said.
"But the amount of blood after was really shocking, and for some reason, we shy away from the difficult conversations around pregnancy, pregnancy loss, childbirth, recovery, all of it."
Decker later took to Instagram to share a video with her more than 680,000 followers, which featured several other women sharing their postpartum stories, as well as herself admitting, "I peed myself for a few months after childbirth."
"Childbirth recovery, in the healthiest of circumstances, was a shocker," she captioned the clip. "@itsbodily was founded by a mother to create research-based content and products (remember scrolling through pages of message boards for answers during pregnancy?) to support pregnancy, recovery and now pregnancy loss. We’re told to save our pregnancy news until 12 weeks 'just in case something happens.' If it’s so normal (1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss) why aren’t we talking about it and why aren’t there more resources available to women?"