Two weeks ago, actor/comedian/writer Amy Schumer and her husband Chris Fischer welcomed their first baby, a boy, and named him Gene (making him the only baby named Gene who has ever existed, I think).
Schumer struggled through her pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition in which morning sickness never goes away. It sounds utterly awful, and she was open about it on Instagram, even posting a video of herself vomiting into a cup on the way to doing a show. But eventually, she had to cancel some shows and put herself first.
But now the wee Gene is finally here.
And by all accounts, Schumer is adapting to motherhood perfectly (meaning as well as a human can adapt to suddenly having an infant to take care of).
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Ok here’s my post baby annoying post and my takeaway from pregnancy. Women are the shit. Men are cool and whatever but women are fucking warriors and capable of anything. I was lucky enough to get to have a doula. Her name @domino_kirke @carriagehousebirth what do doulas do? I don’t totally know But what she did was make me and Chris feel totally secure and supported throughout my pregnancy and the birth process. I really recommend getting one if you can. Doctor Brill and all the nurses and pediatricians at Lenox Hill and all the other hospitals i spent time in this year, thank you for everything. I did Pilates with strong women and went for walks. I threw up violently and felt sick mostly every day of my pregnancy. Hyperemesis is real and it’s awful. But fuck, what they say is true. The second you give birth it’s gone. @hgmoms has the best research I found on the condition The only thing that helped me with my nausea was products from @thelordjones I learned that globally 1 in 5 births take place without the assistance of a skilled birth attendant. @everymomcounts is a great place to donate $250 equips a midwife with a bag of medical equipment needed to provide care to hundreds of women and babies in Guatemala. All my friends. Friends I’ve had for 30 years or people who encouraged me to “keep going” or telling me “it will be worth it”. Thank you. Every woman I encountered is so willing to help and advise you and I felt all their strength. And you were right. Thank you ladies from my family. Chris, Gene and of course Tatiana #titsleaking #wearingadiaper
And, of course, she continues to be hilarious on Instagram, posting pictures of intimate moments like getting used to a breast pump.
But she was understandably anxious to get back to work and THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. Schumer posted a picture of herself on stage, doing standup at the Comedy Cellar, along with the caption “I’m back.”
Her fans were thrilled and let her know so in the comments.
Some women pointed out that they, too, had gone back to work quickly after having babies.
And others pointed out that it wasn’t like she just announced she’s leaving the baby with a nanny and going on a year-long tour or something.
But the mommy-shamers of the internet were absolutely not having it.
Schumer’s fans stood up for her in the comments, though.
And it wasn’t long before Schumer put up a post “sending love” to the judgmental folks who were all up in her business.
And one mom posted the most important comment of all: Moms shouldn’t judge other moms.
Welcome back, Amy Schumer!