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Paloma Faith has revealed she struggled to walk properly for three months after the birth of her first child by emergency C-section.
The singer-songwriter, known for hits such as Only Love Can Hurt Like This, has two children aged four and nine months respectively with her partner Leyman Lahcine.
Opening up about her experiences after the birth of her first child in December 2016 in a candid Instagram post on Thursday, the 40-year-old revealed the “ridiculous” exhaustion she faced after the birth.
Sharing a black and white photo of her breastfeeding her daughter, the singer said she was revealing her experiences to “share what really goes down” during childbirth.
“My own first birth and postpartum journey was far from the rosy scenes you see on screen and online,” said the singer.
“21 active hours of labour, an emergency C-section that resulted in me not being able to walk properly for three months, and the exhaustion was ridiculous.
“Add on a new-born baby piranha setting my nipples on fire and a uterine infection and you’ve got a memory you will never forget!”
She added that she had teamed up with parenting brand Frida to “encourage open conversations” about childbirth, saying not enough women are prepared for the realities of childbirth and postpartum.
Fans welcomed the singer’s openness, with one saying: “Love to you and amazing that you’re doing this.”
Faith has long been open about her experiences of motherhood, with BBC documentary Paloma Faith: As in I Am which aired in March showing behind the scenes on a world tour as she cared for her baby.
The songwriter’s second daughter was born by C-section in February, after six rounds of IVF.