Here’s The Truth About post-C-section Body: Never Compare Yourself To Beyoncé

6 November 01, 2017 By Dang

Here’s The Truth About post-C-section Body: Never Compare Yourself To Beyoncé

When I found out I was pregnant with my second son, having a C-section never crossed my mind.

From the moment I knew I was pregnant, I planned to have a vaginal delivery and an epidural, as I did with my firstborn. For nine months, I tried to mentally prepare myself for the pain and recovery process that no one really warns you about. During my third trimester, I was diagnosed with a condition called ICP, a pregnancy-related illness that affects the liver and can be harmful or even deadly to the baby. Still, a C-section didn’t cross my mind.

Earlier this year, Beyonce delivered the Carter twins Sir and Rumi via C-section. Her post-baby body makes a lot of women, including myself, say “It’s not fair!!” It’s hard for new moms to snap back like that after just having one baby, much less twins. Her posts inspired me and I kept thinking to myself, Those are #goals. I can’t wait to snapback. Plus, I didn’t have issues snapping back after my firstborn, so I figured how hard could it be?

But, nearly two months and emergency C-section later, I’m learning how hard a C-section can be on the body. I’ve also noticed how much I’ve been comparing my body to Beyonce’s. I see her well-toned body and then reality sets in — I look down, I see my sagging tummy and the rolls on my back. After some research, I’ve started to realize that it’s very unrealistic to compare my snapback to Queen Bey’s.

Don’t Let Anyone Fool You, C-Section is Major Surgery

Though the flawless Queen might make it look easy, recovery time can be 6-12 weeks post-C-section. Mind you, homegirl looked snatched a month after having Rumi and Sir. Moms are advised to not lift anything other than the baby, which is almost impossible. Though C-sections seem to be the norm, no one talks about the severity of them and the fact your major organs are shifted to get your baby out.

Pain is the Name of the Game During Recovery

The healing process takes time. I had an emergency induction which led to an emergency C-section. I had labored for 7 hours and when it came time to push, the baby’s heart rate started dropping, so their main goal was to get him out as fast as possible. Therefore, the technique is a little different than a planned C-section.

While recovering, I realized how much we use our core muscles. I took for granted simple things like getting in and out of bed, using the bathroom, bending, and lifting. It was the most excruciating pain ever and I do not wish that on anyone. While healing, I Googled every pain I had to see if what I was experiencing was normal (because it didn’t feel normal at the time). I quickly learned that some women start feeling like themselves right after their C-sections and some needed the entire recovery time to heal.

Snapback Season Doesn’t Follow C-Sections (Well, Not For Most of Us)

Some people say that Beyonce had some type of surgery to snap back so quickly. Keep in mind, she was in shape prior to the twins and I’m sure she was exercising while pregnant. Everyone’s body is different. On average, it takes 9 months to lose the baby weight and according to my doctor, 6-12 months. In all fairness, it took a full 9 months to put the weight on. My post-pregnancy weight was 140 and right before I had the baby, I was almost 170. I honestly don’t know my exact weight because I stopped watching the scale. I probably gained 15 pounds with my first, so seeing the scale at 160 post-C-section was a bit scary for me.

It takes time to get rid of that C-section pouch. Many women complain of not being able to get rid of it and some have been seen embracing their C-section scars. Beyonce has been seen rocking it all, from booty shorts to fitted dresses. It’s okay if your body doesn’t look as flattering in those same items. Learn what looks good on your post-C-section body and wear what you feel good in. Also, don’t hesitate to wear shapewear to help. I find myself staying away from pants completely because they still hurt my incisions

Listen if you recently had a C-section or a baby period, do everything in your power not to compare your body to Beyonce, Teyana Taylor or any other public figure who has been #snapbackgoals for that matter. Focus on healing and remember to be kind to your body and to enjoy your newborn.

Now every time Beyonce’s incredible post-C-section body crosses my timeline, I send this reminder to myself: I’m Yondel, not Beyonce and my story is different. She’s still my girl though. Read:Tokophobia: I Am Afraid of Child Birth

Written by Yolanda


6 comments on “Here’s The Truth About post-C-section Body: Never Compare Yourself To Beyoncé

  1. chidinma

    i can relate, i gave birth almost 11 months ago through c-section,i can still remember the pain,the first time i was asked to sit up and breast feed my baby, the baby fat is yet to drop, sometimes i loss 1kg and the next time i check it is back again. sometimes when i see people that gave birth after me looking all snapback, i feel a bit sorry for myself. i will keep eating healthy and also keep to my exercise,but i have decided, that when next someone tells me again that am fat, i will just smile and say my baby is worth the extra fat


  2. joe

    and not just beyonce, Most of those hollywood celebs snap back few months after having c-section. Never compare yourself to multi-millionaires who have the best doctors and best plastic surgeons.
    If you are rich you would look like them too.


  3. Nelly

    Me i’m here reading and nodding my head. If i loose 1kg, before you know it, i’ve added it back.
    God knows i’m trying.

    I’ve stopped comparing myself. But i know i can do it.
    My body might never be perfect, but i can do it.


  4. Anonymous

    When it comes to postpartum weight loss, Some mothers have it easier than others. From experience it takes at least 9 months to over a year to lose it.

    Even Beyonce is not perfect, She’s human like the rest of us. Has it ever occurred to you all that some of the pictures on instagram and magazine covers have been photo shopped or she’s wearing a corset?
    Recent pics of her taken by paparazzi shows that she’s much bigger and her tummy is not flat as her instagram pictures make us believe.

    Stay patient and trust your journey.



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