Gwyneth Paltrow recalled the “crazy” experience giving birth to her daughter, Apple Martin, and revealed she nearly died in the process.
The Goop founder opened up about the two cesareans she had — one for Apple, 17, and one for son Moses, 15 — and how they left her with a “big scar.”
“My daughter was an emergency, it was crazy, we almost died. It was like not good,” she shared on the “Armchair Expert” podcast Monday.
“Anyway, there’s a big scar across your body, and you’re like, ‘Oh wow, that didn’t used to be there.’ And it’s not that it’s bad or you want to judge it, but you’re just like, ‘Oh, my God.’”
Paltrow, 49, criticized social media for placing unrealistic expectations on women to bounce back immediately after giving birth.
“Thank God there wasn’t Instagram when I had babies because now it’s like if I see someone, ‘Oh, I just gave birth two weeks ago and I have a completely washboard stomach,’ and I’m like, ‘Wow that’s not what I [looked like].’
“And like great, more power to the lady with the washboard [abs], but that is totally the exception,” the “Sex, Love and Goop” creator continued, “and then now we’re being fed all of these other images of what we’re supposed to look like all the time — babies, no babies, whatever.”
The “Iron Man” actress also called out the pressure women place on each other surrounding formula feeding and breastfeeding, saying they should all be “friends with each other” instead.
“Guess what, whatever it is, it’s OK,” she said. “I feel like we also have this weird thing around. It’s past perfectionism. It’s like I can do this gargantuan task that’s superhuman and why? For what?”
Paltrow shares her two children with ex-husband Chris Martin.