Snooki, No One Needs To Know About Your After-Birth Stitch Count

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snookiIn the first couple months after giving birth, D-List celebrities of every form rush to morning shows so that they can capitalize on the birth story. Actresses, models, musicians, and all other entertainment industry fixtures sit down with Savannah Guthrie or Katie Couric and they talk about whether they had an epidural and how much it hurt and how their partner handled the pressure. It’s a celeb mom rite of passage.

But after a couple months, those old epidural and Lamaze stories get a little tired. The interviewers stop calling. And you have to come up with some new, interesting details to share so that the public doesn’t get bored with the same old, “Hey, I pushed a baby out,” story.

This is the only explanation I have for why Snooki told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan that she had to get three stitches after ripping during childbirth. The reality star, who has to be desperate for attention, was visiting Live with Kelly and Michael with her reality bestie, JWoww, in tow. That’s when she confided that her biggest concern during childbirth was whether or not her vagina would tear.

When Kelly asked the invariable follow-up question, Snooks admitted that she had ripped and that she got three stitches. Of course, JWoww joked that she “only needed two, but she wanted an extra one.”

If Snooki is out there reading this, I’d like to let her know that tearing during childbirth is pretty normal. I’m not sure exactly how normal because, well, most people don’t talk about it all that much. It’s not a factoid that we throw out there along with the baby’s height and weight. But I’m pretty sure that stitches are fairly common and normally not a huge deal. Then again, having a child is something that lots of women do everyday, and yet we continue to obsess over the details of some births specifically because the mothers have appeared in movies or television shows.

But really, when it comes to stitches or episiotomies, can’t we just agree to label these things as a little bit of TMI, especially over our morning coffee?  Do the public really need have a conversation about the stitches on your vagina? Let’s leave just a few small things a mystery. The world will thank you for it.

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  1. Sasha

    February 16, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Well, that depends. Should everything about childbirth an maternity be hush hush? Shouldn’t we just put all the pregnant women and new moms in a tent somewhere so they don’t offend the rest of society?

    Sorry your misogynistically trained sensibilities were offended. so she wants to talk about her vagina… It’s about time women can talk about the every day things that happen to them. Childbirth is amazing, why can’t we talk about the funnily painful details?

    • Sha

      February 16, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I agree with you completely! As a woman yourself, I feel as though you should be empowered by somebody who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. At the end of the day, all women have vaginas, and most women who give birth tear. Perhaps we should be happy that someone talks about it, and makes new moms aware of the possibility.

      I’m proud of a woman who doesn’t sit there and try say how perfect, and sweet child birth is. Snooki is honest about the who thing, and personally, I find it comendable.

    • Sasha

      February 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Exactly!!:) thanks for the confirmation!
      Women’s private areas are so taboo to talk about, it’s insane. The fact that I was made uncomfortable as a young girl growing up to discuss my period with anyone, even my own parents, is just another example of how our society is so severely misogynistic we are uncomfortable with the facts of life. Don’t get me wrong, I love men, I love men a lot. I just don’t like how society dictates what I can and cannot say for fear of sounding “unladylike.”

  2. Darcy

    February 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Snooki is definitely not ‘desperate for attention’. She’s spoken and acted this way since day one. Have you never encountered someone who was outgoing and in your face? I mean no offense by this, but it sounds like you’re a little jealous of her. Maybe you don’t have any children of your own? :-/

  3. Hammertime

    February 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

    I just read your article and the only meaning and point you get across is that your clearly jealous of celebrities. If people didnt want to hear what comes out of Snookis mouth or weren’t entertained by her, I’m positive Kelly ripa wouldn’t ask her to be on the successful show, right? But this is just your opinion in an article, no one asked for it but its your right. Just like its snookis right to say whatever she wants.

  4. Claudia

    February 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Terrible article! I love hearing Snooki and her insight on her experience! Don’t be a hater.

  5. CrazyFor Kate

    February 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I think it’s TMI too, but whatever, I barely know who Snooki is. And I seriously don’t think anyone is taking tips on new parenthood from the cast of Jersey Shore.

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  7. Love Peace

    April 5, 2014 at 5:15 am

    I’m glad they discuss it. I didn’t have sex education growing up, so I have known nothing about pregnant until I hear celebrities discuss it. Now, it teaches me abstinence, LOL

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