Gemma Atkinson hits back at critic who claimed her C-section wasn’t a ‘proper labour’


GEMMA Atkinson has hit back after being mum-shamed for having a Caesarean section and told: “It’s not proper labour.”

The 34-year-old former Strictly Come Dancing star admitted she had wondered if she’d failed – and hit back at a critic on Instagram.

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Gemma insisted: ‘There is nothing easy about having a section’[/caption]

She and Strictly pro dancer Gorka Marquez’ daughter Mia Louise was born via C-section on 4 July at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

The star posted: “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’?

“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.


She and Strictly pro dancer Gorka had a baby in July[/caption]

“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.

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

“To any mums who like me, had to have a section and are feeling a little odd about it (which is normal) the above is for you. ❤

She then shared a quote that read: “Cut me open. I love my baby so much, that I will do anything to get my baby out of my body alive.

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Gorka and Gemma at the Brit Awards in February[/caption]

“Lay me out, cut me open because I love my baby so much.”

Gemma was widely applauded for her stance from followers and fellow mums who’d had C-sections alike.

One wrote: “After 2 emergency sections with my children, I totally need this every so often.”

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