Giving birth to a baby is hard, no matter how you do it. While some people believe that moms who have C-sections are taking the “easy way out,” that’s definitely not the case. UK actress Gemma Atkinson is speaking out about why her C-section was far from easy.

Gemma was inspired to open up about the topic after a woman joked with her that she’d had the easy option because she didn’t experience “proper labor.”

She posted a meme on Instagram about the bravery of C-sections along with a caption about her experience.

“A lady recently joked with me that id had the easy option when it came to having Mia as I didn’t experience ‘proper labour’ she wasn’t being nasty, she said it in jest and she was actually really lovely, but it did get me thinking when I got home. Had I failed? Had I not done it ‘properly’?”


Gemma continued…

“After a good chat with myself i came to the conclusion that the only ‘proper’ way to have a baby is the way that’s safest for you and your baby. There is nothing easy about having a section. There is nothing easy about a vaginal delivery. They are both tiring, scary, emotionally draining and each have their own recovery process both mentally & physically.”


Gemma hopes that her post provides some comfort to other moms who had C-sections rather than vaginal births and are feeling a little “odd’ about it.

“However you brought your baby into the world was right for you and your baby at that time and that’s what matters,” she wrote.

So true!