L.A. Icon Audrina Patridge Talks C-Sections and Mom Tips
Education & Research The lifestyle blogger and former star of MTV’s “The Hills” gets candid about the story of her C-section and what she’s learned as a new mom.
“Having a baby has changed everything for the better. I cannot imagine life without her,” Patridge shares. “I see the world a little differently now because I want to shield her from all the negative things in the world. I just want her to be happy.”
The 31-year-old delivered her first-born daughter Kirra Max on June 24; and let's just say it didn't all go according to plan.
Going with the flow
“I did not want a C-section; I was so against it,” she laughs. “I wanted to have a natural birth.”
Right before birth, most babies are in a head down position in the mother's uterus. Sometimes, the baby is in a bottom-first (or feet-first) position. When a baby is in that position before birth, it's called a breech birth or breech baby.
“I did everything possible to try to get her to flip,” she recalls. “Everything from acupuncture to floating in a pool to doing hand stands. Nothing helped.”
According to the CDC, when breech babies are delivered vaginally, they are more likely to be injured during or after delivery than babies who are delivered headfirst. They are also more likely to develop a birth injury where the baby’s hip socket and thigh bone become separated.
“Having a C-section wasn’t as bad as I thought,” the starlet explains. “I was really scared going into it, but my husband was there and he talked me through it.”
“It happens so fast; you’re in and out within a half-hour and that’s it.”
On her own time
In the United States, about one in three births happen by C-section, a rate that has risen considerably over the past few decades, from 5 percent in 1970 to 20 percent in 1996. “It’s not as bad as people make it out to be,” she remembers. “It happens so fast; you’re in and out within a half hour and that’s it.”
Having a planned caesarean means knowing when your baby will be born. “You don’t have to go through all the labor pains and contractions,” Patridge says. “My sister went through 18 hours of labor, and after my experience she said, ‘I wish I would have just gotten a C-section.’”
Having a Cesarean might seem like the easier way to give birth, but that’s not necessarily true. “I got so sick from the anesthesia, I was throwing up and couldn’t hold Kirra right away,” she recalls. “I was really sore for the first two days. By the third day, I was okay, but the first two days were very hard.”
When Patridge isn’t busy blogging or sharing special moments on Instagram, she’s keeping up with the curveballs of motherhood.
“I didn’t anticipate how painful breastfeeding would be,” she confesses. Pain while breastfeeding is a commonly shared experience, but is usually a temporary situation that lasts only a few days. “The first two weeks are the hardest. If you can make it through that, you’re good.”
Audrina’s advice for women who are considering a C-section? Turn up the music.
“My doctor was amazing,” she admits. “I told him that I needed music on so I didn’t focus on what was happening, so I had him put Pandora. That helped me a lot.”
Who knew pumping up the jams could be the best medicine?