Christina Anstead Gets Ahead of Mom-Shamers By Explaining Why She’s Decided to Have a Scheduled C-Section
Flip or Flop’s Christina Anstead is expecting her first baby with new husband Ant Antstead, and she knows exactly when the little one is supposed to arrive. That’s because the reality TV star and home designer has decided on a scheduled C-section for her third child. (Anstead has two other children from her marriage to Tarek El Moussa.)
Anstead explained her decision to have a scheduled C-section in an August 30 Instagram post, and many commenters chimed in to say that she shouldn’t feel that she has to justify the choices she’s made about how to give birth.
Christina Anstead’s baby will be here next week
Anstead is set to give birth to her new baby next Friday, she shared in the Instagram post, and she can’t be more excited — or more ready not to be pregnant.
“Well…. Here we go @ant_anstead … our world is about to get rocked – in all the best ways of course,” she wrote.
The Christina on the Coast star also said that she’s definitely ready to be done with this pregnancy.
“The nursery is ready, the kids are back in school, I’m not sleeping, irritable and uncomfortable. I’m definitely ready to be done and to meet our little man. One week countdown ,” she shared.
Anstead’s last delivery was difficult
In the post, Anstead also talked about her experience giving birth to her son Brayden, who was born in 2015. Brayden weighed nearly 9 pounds, and after a long labor, she ultimately had to have an emergency C-section.
“[T]he whole experience and recovery was really hard on me physically and emotionally,” she recalled. “I really don’t feel comfortable trying to go down that route again. Bray was 8lbs 13oz – after pushing for hours and hours – he was just stuck and his heart rate was dropping.”
Thankfully, Brayden arrived safely. But after that experience — and indications that this baby is also going to be large — Anstead decided to play it safe.
“Based on ultrasound measurements we think this is going to be another big boy so this is the direction we’ve decided to take,” she wrote.
Fans think she shouldn’t have to justify her birth experience
Anstead’s candid post about why she decided to go with a scheduled C-section generated a lot of comments. Many followers noted that Anstead should make whatever choice she and her doctors feel is right, and that she shouldn’t have to justify her birth experience for strangers on the internet.
“You don’t have to justify to us why you need a c section. You know your body best,” wrote one.
“Go for it Christina! It seems like you feel the need to explain your choice of a c-section, but no one can ever ask that of you as a mom,” another chimed in.
Several commenters assumed that Anstead was heading off mom-shamers who would judge her for having a scheduled C-section rather than attempting a vaginal delivery.
In the U.S., nearly one-third of babies are delivered via C-section, well above the 10% to 15% rate that the World Health Organization considers ideal. While there is concern about a rising rate of unnecessary C-sections, many of these surgeries are medically necessary in order to safeguard the health of the mother and the baby.
Still, some women feel guilt for having a C-section or feel that they are shamed by other women for not giving birth vaginally. But at least on social media, Anstead is getting plenty of support from other women who’ve had a similar experience.
“Scheduled C section recovery is night and day from emergency! Good luck,” wrote one.