Amy Schumer has been a rock star with how open and honest she has been about her pregnancy and postpartum experiences.
The 38-year-old comedian and husband Chris Fischer welcomed son Gene Attell Fischer in May. Pregnancy was a difficult experience for Amy, and yet she found many ways to make light of the struggle.
Amy’s documented her pregnancy, both the serious and hilarious aspects. In her Netflix special Growing, Amy ventures into all the weird things about pregnancy that you don’t consider until you’re in it. In her upcoming HBO Max documentary, Expecting Amy, she covers the more serious side of things, getting real about the hyperemesis gravidarum that affected her throughout the pregnancy.
We were treated to another super-honest moment from the new mom just recently. Amy shared a medical form she was filling out on her Instagram stories. On the form, it asks why the patient had a C-section. Amy answered as honestly and bluntly as she could.
Amy Schumer has majorly raised the bar in parenting. She may only be in her first year as a mom, but her refreshingly honest take on the pregnancy and postpartum experiences are letting women everywhere who haven’t experienced it in on the nitty-gritty. It’s wonderful to see a real take from someone who struggled during pregnancy.
Amy experienced hyperemesis gravidarum throughout her pregnancy. The condition is characterized with extreme nausea, and Amy certainly had a rough go of it. Amy talked about it a bit during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers in March.
“I have found pregnancy very easy, myself,” Amy joked. She wore a fake bump over her real one for extra dramatic effect. Later, she spoke more to her truth. “It’s been pretty tough, I didn’t know that pregnancies were such a bummer.”
After talking about her hyperemesis, she mentioned that she’d talked to Seth’s wife, Alexi Ashe, about pregnancy. “Your wife told me that prenatal yoga really helps with the birth, so I immediately signed up for a C-section,” Amy joked. It wasn’t too far from the truth.
Amy did end up having a C-section. She and husband Chris Fischer welcomed Gene Attell Fischer on May 5. Shortly before, she stopped over at the Met Gala setup for one last pregnancy picture on the way to the hospital.
Amy wasn’t ashamed of talking about her C-section. She even showed off her scar. She dressed it up a little in a photo for her Instagram stories, adding a little squiggle of blonde hair and tiny dotted blue eyes to make it look like a smiley face.
Amy also shared her thoughts on the birthing experience in an Instagram post. “Ok here’s my post-baby annoying post and my takeaway from pregnancy. Women are the [expletive],” she wrote. “Men are cool and whatever but women are [expletive] warriors and capable of anything.”
“I was lucky enough to get to have a doula. Her name @domino_kirke @carriagehousebirth,” she shared. “What do doulas do? I don’t totally know. But what she did was make me and Chris feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process. I really recommend getting one if you can.”
Amy shared the pearl of wisdom every new mom gets to realize. “Doctor Brill and all the nurses and pediatricians at Lenox Hill and all the other hospitals I spent time in this year, thank you for everything,” she continued.
“I did Pilates with strong women and went for walks. I threw up violently and felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy. Hyperemesis is real and it’s awful. But [expletive], what they say is true. The second you give birth it’s gone. “
Amy stood by her choice and experience in another post on her Instagram stories. In the post, Amy shares a photo of a doctor’s office form. When asked why she got a C-section, Amy wrote, “My choice.” It’s a powerful statement for all women who are told it’s the easy way to give birth.
Amy is sharing her pregnancy knowledge, without being too pushy. She recently told Ashley Graham, who is expecting her first child, “People are so in your face when you’re pregnant because they’re so [expletive] excited for you,” she said. “And you don’t get it.”
“You can’t possibly get it. And then after you’ve had a baby you’re like, ‘Oh, I get it!'” Amy revealed she told Ashley. It’s good advice from someone who both solicited advice and heard plenty of unsolicited advice. It can’t be easy to experience pregnancy as a celeb in the social media age, after all.
Amy is also unashamed about her post-baby body. In light of the news that Jessica Simpson had lost 100 pounds just six months after giving birth to daughter Birdie, Amy posted her own postpartum body update. “Ok Simpson! Well I’ve lost 10 pounds and 100 dollars to my sister playing poker. #norush #givememymoneybackkim,” she captioned her photo.
Amy has developed an awesome take on this motherhood thing, and it’s just the beginning. Surely, as Gene gets older and new milestones and hurdles present themselves, she’ll have more awesome guidance. It’s a sweet reminder to not take it all so seriously.