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