Dancing With the Stars pro dancer Witney Carson has opened up at a time when she thought she’d never dance again. Read on to find out how she coped with all the obstacles thrown in her way during pregnancy and childbirth, and how having a baby changed her whole view of herself.
Witney Carson’s postpartum recovery was so difficult she thought she would never dance again
in a (n Instagram interview Carson spoke at length with Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, daughter of Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife of actor Chris Pratt, about how difficult her first pregnancy was. Carson and her husband, Carson McAllister, welcomed baby Leo in January 2021. But the delivery and recovery from her emergency c-section were so tough she thought her dancing career was over.
“That scared me so much. I thought my career was over, I thought my dance career was over. I was in a wheelchair, I was so down,” Carson said, adding, “It took me a really long time [to recover from my C-section]. I remember walking up the stairs to my bedroom after I got home and I couldn’t even do it… I started crying and I was like, ‘I’m never going to dance again.’ That’s all that went through my mind.”
In which Instagram post Announcing the birth of baby Leo, Carson opened up about their “really tough 24-hour labors” and “unexpected cesarean,” but said they were “grateful” that everyone was “healthy and well.”
But it wasn’t that easy. In Schwarzenegger Pratt’s Instagram post about the Q&A, she gave fans more details on what Witney went through giving birth to their baby boy.
Schwarzenegger Pratt wrote:
Thank you to the amazing Witney for joining me today to talk about her birth with Covid and her postpartum experiences. For many reasons, Witney’s work did not go according to plan. First, she tested positive for Covid at the hospital upon admission. Then, after hours of attempting a vaginal delivery, her son got stuck under her pelvis and required an emergency c-section. After giving birth, Witney was unable to walk immediately and had trouble being patient with her body’s recovery. She’s stopped being so hard on herself, especially now that she’s focused on something and someone so important, Leo.
During the Q&A, Carson went on to say that she needs to lean on her husband a lot and learn to celebrate the small victories.
“There are so many emotional, mental obstacles that you have to overcome and on top of that it was really hard physically. I really had to lean on my man…I was just trying to be honest about celebrating the small wins,” Carson said. “Each day just say, ‘Okay, I fed my baby today.’ That was my achievement…just focusing on him and my new role. … I think that’s how I stayed sane.”
And even after going through all of that, Carson said she was “so excited to be having another baby.”
Carson said the whole ordeal changed her entire body image
As a dancer, Carson said she’d been used to people criticizing her body all her life, and as a result she became very critical of her own body, which was tough when she didn’t come home from the hospital right after her pregnancy.
“At that moment I was like, ‘I just want to run.’ My perspective on my body image completely changed and I was like, ‘I just want to get healthy. I just wanted to run,'” Carson said, adding, “I was grateful that I could walk at all, things we take for granted every day. In that moment, my perspective on body image completely changed and I became so focused on getting health from within.”
She also said that she wished she could tell herself how amazing she was in that moment and not worry about how her body looked.
“I wish so much I knew what I know now and just told this girl while looking in the mirror at her postpartum body you are so amazing. You just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby, don’t be so hard on yourself,” Carson said. “Just celebrating the small wins was my big thing, as I fought my way through it, just taking it day by day.”
The dancer also admitted that while social media can be both a good thing and a bad thing, in her distress it was so important to hear from other women who are going through or had previously experienced what she was going through.
“Being open about it and seeing the community of people, I feel like people came up to me and said, ‘I’m so glad you posted that, I feel the same way, it makes me feel so good given’, and I’m like, ‘No, you did me feel well!’ … the people in the social media community who were like, ‘You know what? It’s totally normal’ – you made me feel like this I was normal,” Carson said.
She added: “It gave me a newfound confidence in a different role in my life. I’m not only a dancer but I’m also a mother and this is the greatest role I could ever play – it’s obviously difficult – but it’s also the greatest. It gave me a newfound confidence. I love what I can rather than what I look like. And of course that takes a lot of time and I still have days where I’m so hard on myself but I’m just trying to remember the things that matter the most, the inner beauty.”
Dancing With the Stars returns for Season 31 on Disney Plus in Fall 2022.
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