When it comes to Amy Schumer, you either love her or hate her. And while some say she’s a pretty cool person who isn’t afraid to speak her mind on many topics that are still considered a taboo, others say she sometimes crosses the line.
No matter which group you belong to, you have to agree that Amy causes stir with her honesty.
This good-looking comedian and actress first caught the attention of the wide public after she landed her show, Inside Amy Schumer, on Comedy Central in 2013. Two years later, she had her film debut in Trainwreck.
Despite being successful at what she does, Amy is also a feminist who inspires many women from all over the world. She’s been one of the few actresses who spoke openly of the struggles of pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as losing weight after giving birth.
She and husband Chris Fischer welcomed their first baby into the world in 2019.
Throughout the whole time, Amy made sure she shared lots of photos of her big belly so many waited the arrival of sweet baby boy Gene Attell Fischer with anticipation.
In fact, while pregnant, Amy was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum, a form of extreme morning sickness. She shared her journey with her fans and spoke of her ups and downs. She even shared a video on Instagram just to highlight the severity of her condition which led for her to be hospitalized a couple of times during her pregnancy.
Once the little bundle of joy came into her life, Amy faced a challenge many mothers have a hard time responding to; breastfeeding.
She knew this topic bothered many, so she decided to break the stigma around it and asked moms not to feel guilty if they fail breastfeeding their little ones. For some moms it works just perfectly, for others it requires extra effort, and that’s fine.
“I had a lactation expert; he [baby Gene] didn’t latch, and I just didn’t feel that push to make that happen. I pumped for the first month or something and then I was like, not for me, this is not for me, I didn’t want to do it,” she said in an interview with the Informed Pregnancy podcast.
“I really encourage women — there’s so much pressure to breastfeed but really, it’s all in your head. Some people absolutely love it and I’m so happy for them but it was bumming me out. Once it occurred to me that I could stop, I was like, ‘I’m going stop.”
Just five weeks after giving birth, Amy posted a photo of her because she wanted other moms to know that it’s perfectly okay not to bounce back to their old selves and their pre-pregnancy bodies right away.
“I just rejected it right away because it seemed so unrealistic to me. I remember posting pictures afterwards, [and] I was still wearing my hospital underwear because I stole every pair I possibly could. It’s so hard to have a baby, and then after, you have to take care of the baby. Even though I had a baby nurse — I had all the possible help you can have — it’s still really hard,” she told Buzzfeed.
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Here’s what I’ve been up to this week. I was hospitalized for 5 days with a horrible kidney infection. I want to give a big thank you to the doctors, the bad ass nurses also my husband who’s name is, i want to say, Chris? and my sisters Kimby and mol who have been by my side the whole time. I wanted to share this with you because this is sexy as hell but mostly because I was meant to go to London for the opening of I Feel Pretty and my doctors have told me that’s a no go. I’m really disappointed selfishly to miss this trip because I love London and Europe in general and all the great people (food) there. But I need to put my health first. I am so grateful for all the support the movie is getting. I hope people check it out in England and everywhere else in the world. It’s sweet and fun and you will walk out feeling better. Which is something I hope to feel soon too.
Luckily, she got help from her friend Serena Williams.
”I also was lucky enough to talk to Serena Williams on the phone. She was patient with herself, and she’s the one who had to get back to playing tennis. So between my friends and the promises I made to myself, I was like, ‘I am in no rush.’
“It’s now 14 months later, and I’m still in no rush. Someone could think that I’m in my second trimester. I’m not even joking. I really don’t feel any shame about that,” Amy said.
We are sure what Amy had to share about her pregnancy and the period that followed helped many moms cope with the challenges easily. We do need more women like her who remind us that after all, we are just human beings and we are allowed to feel fragile every now and then.