Childbirth and its effect on a woman’s health have been the essence of a trending conversation on Twitter.
It had started with a tweet by Ozzy Etomi, @ozzyetomi, on Tuesday, who revealed that she was no longer trying for a sibling for her only child, because “childbirth is dangerous.”
She tweeted: “Childbirth is dangerous. Nothing ever goes back to normal. Many near-death things occur. We need to stop downplaying it. I still have pelvic girdle pain, and people are telling me “it is not fair” to not give my child a sibling. This shop is closed. Can we also address the horrible memory loss that comes with childbirth? Is there a science behind this. Because it’s confusing how since giving birth, my memory is completely shot.”
Latching on to the thread, other Twitter users have been sharing their childbirth experiences as well as how it affected their health
There are also other Twitter users, who have lashed out at the ladies for sharing the side effects
Childbirth is dangerous. Nothing ever goes back to normal. Many near death things occur. We need to stop downplaying it. I still have pelvic girdle pain, and people are telling me “its not fair” to not give my child a sibling. This shop is CLOSED.
— Ozzy Etomi (@ozzyetomi) August 7, 2018
I was on insulin throughout my pregnancy, giving myself shots and a very restrictive diet because gestational diabetes with cause unknown. Then had to have an emergency CS which shot my BP to an alarming number. I’m still recovering 7 months after
— Funmi (@Funms) August 7, 2018
Giving birth left me permanently and severely disabled and STILL I get people telling me I’m unfair for not giving my daughter a sibling.
— Kat Harrison (@chronicparent30) August 7, 2018
Loss my first child after 3 month on Hosp bedrest at 32 wks. Just had another baby with 8 month of strict bedrst and HG. Delivery was a life theartening one, had a slight uterine rupture, total placenta eruption and meconoium aspiration by baby with no previous CS.
— Fadekemi👑 (@fadekhemmy) August 7, 2018
Please stop scaring people from giving birth. Childbirth is beautiful and a wonderful thing. Cos u had complications or whatever doesnt mean its the norm.
— Louisome (@teghpreye) August 7, 2018
Sometimes death actually occurs too. I died while I was pregnant with my daughter. My heart stopped, I death rattled, the whole thing. I ended up making it back, but not everyone gets to. My daughter was/is okay.
— A Floating Bridge☕ (@Cat_Lance) August 7, 2018
I had pre eclampsia with my first and only child. I almost died.
— Karen Wako (@SungaYoga) August 7, 2018
Those few men saying its not dangerous needs to be in the room when it time with their wife or try watching on Youtube. Ensure you watch vaginal birth and CS. And if you have a muslim friend tel him or her to explain the graphic explanation as explained in the Qur’an.
— Haminat (@leeadebisi) August 7, 2018
This is imo misleading
6 out of 1,000 women die giving birth in 🇳🇬 vs 4 out of 100,00 in Italy 🇮🇹
The problem is uniquely Nigerian where the mundane (do you have light?) becomes exceptional (I have light because gated community in VI)
— Adewale Adetugbo (@aadetugbo) August 7, 2018
@aadetugbo the USA has a high maternal mortality rate, for a Western country. With all their facilities, childbirth is dangerous there. US Drs think maybe too much medical intervention. No-one is quite sure of best practises to improve Childbirth all over the world.
— Nur (@NorayLaLa) August 7, 2018
My sis-in law haemorrhaged during her CS and had to have a brain op after all the blood transfusions, 3 wks later she’s still on ICU
— PrinceZuko (@chantal_mackay) August 7, 2018
— james schroeder (@jamesgn6) August 7, 2018
I completely understand. My wife birthed 3…it wasn’t easy. Till now,we battle,we war…we pray,we cry,we heal…we live…we thank God for life…. She lost a lot..time/self/health/comfort….many things I can’t state here…..plz,be you…and be strong…that’s what matters.
— Zubi Ekeuku Wokocha (@ZubzZilla) August 7, 2018
I’m a doctor and I completely agree with this tweet. 100%.
I also believe women should have the autonomy of deciding whether or not they want more kids. The whole journey from pregnancy till the postpartum period is a crazy one!
— Yudel (@Voskiee) August 7, 2018
9 months post-partum and sometimes, I feel like I am a soul in a stranger’s body. I can’t wear heels as I have since lost my balance, my back hurts so badly i can’t sit for too long. Squating became difficult from when I was 14 weeks pregnant my doctor said I had weak joints.
— Oluwaseun (@AkOluwa) August 7, 2018
I’m at my PT appointment right now for my pelvic floor. Baby’s head was so big that my pelvis still cracks when i move and I’m in agony when doing normal day to day stuff even laying on my side. Never heard of this until my experience. Keep in mind I’m 2 months postpartum.
— Oyinda (@amazoniantatt) August 7, 2018
Well, if childbirth was as easy as taking a dump, this world would be bursting at the seams…. It’s nature itself is traumatic, but it’s not a horror story the way you make it seem. Just tone it down.
— UhuRuto is axis of evil [👊] NRM (@swedenhill) August 7, 2018
It’s good we can talk about these things. Not to scare anyone but to let all know the in and out of the experience. It is a life changing one. You alone have the power to choose. It’s your body. Your life. Know the implications. Be prepared.
— Chinelo Ugwu (@nelougwuc) August 8, 2018
No woman goes into labour and comes back the the same. Forget epidural and all those things. The 9 months of that pregnancy alone changes a woman’s body completely. (Let’s not mention psychological changes).
— Oluyomi Ojo (@OluyomiOjo) August 8, 2018
Oh my God, thank you so much for raising the memory loss issue. I’m hopeless right now. I have a 10yr old and a 9 week old. It’s gotten worse with the Little one. I would go to the car, drive and forget where I’m going. Turn around and go back home. 😭😭😭
— MsNNGumede 🇿🇦 (@YeyeyekaNdaba) August 8, 2018