Flip or Flop’s Christina El Moussa gets ‘brutally honest’ about postpartum difficulty, reveals pregnancy complications

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It turns out that the most recent Christina El Moussa pregnancy wasn’t as smooth as the Flip Or Flop star’s fans believed. Now, she’s turning heads and starting conversations about the difficulties of postpartum adjustments, thanks to a “brutally honest” new interview between Christina and the woman who’s helped her most in the wake of four-month-old son Brayden’s birth.

Flip or Flop‘s Tarek and Christina El Moussa are usually one of the most chipper couples on TV, and they’ve got the social media updates to prove it. And, when the story of Tarek’s cancer scare broke late last year, most fans assumed that it was the most difficult thing the couple had had to deal with in 2015. It turns out, though, that the most recent Christina El Moussa pregnancy–her oldest child, daughter Taylor, was born in 2012–involved some unexpected complications, and that postpartum life was a lot more difficult the second time around.

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Christina opened up about her second pregnancy in a new interview with nutritionist Cara Clark (pictured to Christina’s left in the photo above). Clark herself calls the exchange “brutally honest,” and references Brayden’s “traumatic” birth in the interview’s preface.

Christina described how her second delivery “didn’t go as planned”:


Since my delivery with Taylor was so fast and easy, everyone (including myself) thought this labor and delivery would be the same… but everything was different. When I arrived at L&D my contractions were 4 minutes apart and  I was only dilated 3 cm. They told me I could go home. I was in so much pain, they recommended I go for a walk and see if it helped. After an hour walking around Frys Electronics, contractions were 3 minutes apart and hurt worse than ever. Still, I was only 4 cm dilated.  After trying all labor inducing techniques, I was finally ready to push five hours later. I pushed HARD for 2 hours but his shoulders were stuck and his heart rate kept dropping. In the end, I had to go in for an emergency c-section. Because he was such a big boy, my Doctor was concerned he just was too big to make it out of me.


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And, as Christina explained, recovering from a c-section was much different from a vaginal delivery’s recovery:


C-sections suck. I felt like I got beat up by a world champion boxer. My entire body hurt, literally my entire body… and it felt like my stomach was going to fall open when I stood up. It is such a gross feeling. I wore this girdle thing to keep my stomach in and that helped….For 2 weeks I felt like sh*t. Really, like sh*t. So I asked for help, which I don’t normally do.  I took it really really easy and followed the doctors orders. After the two week mark, I finally felt more normal. By 6 weeks I was back to my old self.  I wasn’t allowed to workout for 6 weeks. After six weeks,  I started with yoga (my prenatal power yoga Dvd) and walks (about 1.5-2 miles). My current routine is pushing the double stroller about 3 miles/ 3 days per week. I also love doing a Pilates workout (super hard) at a studio by my house called House of Burn, when I can.  Honestly, I’m not working out like I would like to be but I just would rather be with my kids right now.


While she said she does wish she had more hours in the day, Christina also addressed the issue of postpartum depression, and said she’s happy to report how good she feels:


I suffer from a lot of mommy guilt. I went back to work at 5 weeks and that was pretty hard on me. My daughter got pretty jealous of the time I was spending with Brayden, so I try to do my girlie stuff with my daughter when I can. We go get our nails done, go to lunch and a movie or Disneyland.  For myself, I love a good massage! I make sure I get one every other week. Since I just want to be with my kids as much as possible, I try to incorporate my workouts with my kids. I love to push the double to Starbucks and relax there with the kids for a bit….Baby Brayden is such a good baby boy, which does help emotionally. I am SO lucky to have such a happy baby. He is such a joy to be around it’s incredible. I feel pretty good but recently with Christmas and the holidays I’m more tired than usual.. It probably all those desserts I’ve been eating. Bad sugar!


To read the entire interview–and to pick up a few diet tips from Christina El Moussa and Cara Clark–head over to Clark’s page.

Flip or Flop airs Thursdays at 9 PM EST on HGTV.


(Photo credits: Christina El Moussa pregnancy via Instagram)

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  • Toque

    I just want any of the soon-to-be-mamas out there who are freaking reading this about c-sections to know I had one this year and it was nothing like she described (thank god!)

    • EBN

      I can second that! I had a fantastic recovery after an emergency c section that followed five days of different medical inductions… It wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever been through, but really it wasn’t too terrible. I could hold my daughter and nurse right away, my scar healed perfectly. If you need one, you need one, don’t stress out about it!

    • Observer

      My c-section was worse, could not stop bleeding…

    • Dani

      I’ve had 2 csections and it was a breeze. Everyone is different and a great surgeon makes a huge difference!

    • Lynn Meek

      Same. I was released early because I was doing so well. My only issue was wanting to not take it easy enough. The first few hours were pretty rough, but once I started walking around, I was fine. My guess is she didn’t move enough.

  • anjealka

    I know everyone’s pregnancy experience is different. She seems to be going a bit overboard on her C-section. I got the real shock when I was told my C-section could not be closed. I had no idea this was a possibility. I had to have home health visit me 2 times a day and bandage me for 2 months as I healed without stitches. Forget about working out, I wasn’t able to even see my baby for 3 days and it was almost 3 months before I took her out and carried her. It wasn’t my ideal but all I care about is that I had a healthy baby.

    • M

      Whoa. How did that happen? How err they not able to close it? That’s crazy.

      • anjealka

        I later found out I have EDS which was the reason my skin was so thin after being pregnant , it could not be closed. I have since learned other women who had infections or other complications had open incisions for weeks or months.

  • Cara

    She’s walking 3 miles a day, doing yoga and Pilates but is not working out nearly as much as she wants to be? Okay, I feel lazy.

  • Doglady06

    I had 2 csections, at 39 & 40 years old!! Both were fine, good recovery, crazy hormones after second but definitely not the horror she describes! I find her annoying, vain, self-absorbed and completely out of touch with real everyday women.

  • Genaric_Chat_Name

    Christina is the penultimate idiot. Her creaky voice and the valley girl lingo surprises me that they have any children. I guess some men can overlook anything. Tarek she’s not going to age well, you had better start looking. Sorry.

    • Cathleen

      Generic chat name..you are just a mean spiteful human being. Get a life and stop being a generally nasty person!!!

  • Ronna Dunigan

    Hey, EVERYONE has a different body and our DIFFERENT bodies react DIFFERENTLY to all things. Back off of the poor woman. She was NOT asking for sympathy from any of you. She was merely stating SHE had a bad experience. My god, if all you jealous little dowdy women who are just upset you can’t look as good as her after two kids can’t handle being “different” then have yoursrlf a “pity party”. Christina and I won’t be attending though.

  • iteach4alivin

    The craziest thing that I’m reading are the comments. It’s almost funny. Even if you had a C-Section, how are people saying this woman is going overboard. This was her experience, her body. No one can say what she is going through, and I’m a man. I imagined women would be more sensitive to it. My ex-fiancee had a C-section and struggled for a good 2 months. Smh…crazy to read women taking swipes at her experience.