When Brooklyn Decker gave birth to her first child in 2015, she was not prepared for what came after — a “shocking” postpartum recovery. “I was a zombie,” she admitted in a throwback Instagram photo.
In the image, Decker stands in front of a mirror wearing a nursing bra and a belly wrap looking like someone who, well, had just gone through childbirth. “This was me 6 years ago. 1 week after I gave birth to my son,” the Grace and Frankie actress wrote in the caption. “So much blood. So much bruising. Pads and wipes and mesh underwear galore. I was a zombie. It was a shocking experience and not at all unusual.. the reason it was so shocking is simply because I wasn’t prepared. No one really talked in-depth about the challenges of childbirth recovery.”
Decker and her husband, tennis star Andy Roddick, have two children, son Hank, 6, and daughter Stevie, 3.
In solidarity with her friends, Decker wrote, she decided to make them postpartum-recovery kits while “listing out all the gory details” so they’d be prepared for what typically occurs after the delivery.
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Since then, the What to Expect actress has partnered with maternal health company Bodily to help spread awareness and education so that women aren’t blindsided by the recovery process. “What I love about Bodily is not only are they providing elevated, high quality, beautiful goods for women to help them both with pregnancy and postpartum recovery,” Decker said in a press release for the initiative. “They are also taking the responsibility of providing much-needed education and advocacy in a space that has very little.” Bodily offers kits that address recovery needs, both physical and emotional, related to postpartum care, miscarriage, and stillbirth.
The company’s “I’ve Shared Will You?” campaign, which aligns with October’s National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, encourages people who have given birth or miscarried to share their experiences to help remove the stigma surrounding maternal health and pregnancy loss.
After giving birth twice, Decker feels strongly about normalizing birth and pregnancy complications. As she wrote on Instagram, “I can’t help but to think we’ll all be better off if we share our stories and destigmatize these completely normal experiences.”
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