If someone asked me what’s the laziest thing I’ve ever done,
I could probably come up with a pretty long, slightly embarrassing list. For
instance, I’ve been known to cram my dishwasher to capacity to avoid having to
do dishes. I also let the dryer “iron” my 100 percent cotton clothes because I hate
ironing (to be honest, I’m not even sure if I have an iron.) And after I had
kids, I gave up on handwritten thank-you notes and now I just send thank-you
texts (I know, I’m awful.) But of all the lazy things I will cop to, there’s
one thing I would never consider “lazy”: the two C-sections I’ve had.
You may have heard that actress Kate Hudson was recently asked in an interview for the October issue of Cosmopolitan what she considers the
laziest thing she’s ever done. Her response? “Have a C-section!” That sound you
hear is every C-section mom screaming at her flippant, careless comment.
During a Cesarean, the
obstetrician makes two incisions—one cut on the outside of the body, usually at
the bikini line, and a second cut to open the uterus and remove the baby. The surgery
is most often performed while the mother is conscious and numbed by a
spinal block that essentially paralyzes her from the chest down. Recovery takes
longer than a vaginal delivery and, because it's major surgery, the risks are also greater.
I had my first C-section in 2009 after a failed induction
that involved a 12-hour Pitocin drip and contractions that were literally off
the printed chart. With my blood pressure climbing dangerously high, I opted
for surgery because I had been up for nearly 24-hours, was unable to eat or
drink and was only one centimeter dilated.
That wasn’t a “lazy” choice—it was
the right choice.
Even still, it was a hard choice to make because I had it in
my head that I wanted my baby born vaginally and giving up that idea of there
being a “right” way and a “wrong” way for a baby to be born was difficult in the
My second C-section was in 2011 and it was scheduled because
my blood pressure was high again, my baby was measuring over 10 pounds and my
doctor didn’t want to risk another induction. It was easier to accept the idea
of having a C-section the second time around, but I still wouldn’t call my
Prepping for a C-section meant not eating or drinking prior to
surgery and making sure I had adequate help, as I wouldn’t be able to drive or
lift anything over 10 pounds for at least two weeks. This included my baby, who
was born weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces, as well as my 21-month-old toddler at
home. I had major surgery twice in less than two years and took care of two
babies while I healed.
Look, I get that Hudson was probably joking, but the joke was
in bad taste and only increases the stigma that C-section moms already
experience. C-sections account for one-third of all deliveries in the U.S., and
while we can debate the necessity of that many surgeries, I think the one thing we can all agree on is
that whether you're a celebrity or not, having major abdominal surgery is definitely not the easy way out.
OK moms, admit it: You’re guilty of spoiling your kid from time to time. Maybe it’s an extra large waffle cone or that expensive toy. But these megastar moms take it to the next level. We've compiled a list of nine celebrity parents whose parental indulgences leave us wishing we were in their brood.