'Dancing with the Stars' pro Sharna Burgess opens up about childbirth, her postpartum recovery
Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess says she's "recovered" after giving birth to son Zane Walker Green.
She opened up about life after pregnancy and gave an insight into parenthood during an interview with ABC News' Kayna Whitworth, which aired on Friday's Good Morning America.
PHOTO: Sharna Burgess and Brian Austin Green attend the World Choreography Awards on December 13, 2021 in Los Angeles. (Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images, FILE)
"I'm in love with the experience," Burgess said. "I'm doing great. I feel great. I'm grateful for the way I've recovered and I'm so grateful for our little boy."
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Burgess and her partner, 'Beverly Hills, 90210' star Brian Austin Green, welcomed Zane in June. Burgess shared the news with an Instagram photo showing the baby clutching Green's fingers.
Zane is the couple's first child together, but Green's fifth boy.
“I love being a parent. It's incredible," Green told GMA. "Some people are made for other aspects of life, and I just love being a parent."
Burgess chimed in, adding: "Knowing he's so experienced keeps me calm. You're imagining all the things that can go wrong with your baby and I was like, my goodness, am I crazy? And he said, 'No baby, it's normal.'"
Childbirth and "intensive" recovery after childbirth
Almost a month after giving birth, Burgess took to Instagram to share her experience of having a cesarean — something she wasn't expecting.
"I went into it and said, 'I don't want a birth plan because I don't want to go in there and suddenly change it.' But I also didn't think I was going to have a cesarean for some reason," she told GMA. "I haven't researched it. I didn't know what my recovery would be like."
After more than 30 hours of labor, insufficient dilatation, and a little startle from Zane because his heart rate was dropping too low, Burgess's doctor suggested a cesarean. "For that first week I couldn't...you couldn't get out of bed on your own," she noted.
"That's not true," Green interrupted. "She's an athlete. She got up and walked around her hospital room the next day.”
PHOTO: Sharna Burgess and Brian Austin Green compete during the "Britney Night" episode of "Dancing with the Stars" on October 4, 2021. (Christopher Willard/ABC via Getty Images, FILE)
Green, who starred alongside Burgess in season 30 of "DWTS," was also on the mend at the time after suffering from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease that reportedly affects the lining of the colon and intestine Rectum irritates and ulcerates the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
The organization states that in some cases, symptoms gradually worsen over time, but in others they can start suddenly. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, rectal bleeding, weight loss and fatigue. In some cases, however, the disease can cause "serious complications that develop quickly and are life-threatening."
"I feel great. I'm feeling really good and I haven't had any relapses or anything like that," Green said. "I was bedridden while she was pregnant. She does all these things and I can't help with any of them. I obviously didn't mean to get sick but, man, what a bad time."
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life as parents
These days, the couple is enjoying parenthood. They told GMA that Green's sons also appreciate having Zane with them.
"You're obsessed with him," Burgess said.
PHOTO: Sharna Burgess and Brian Austin Green pose together in Los Angeles, September 30, 2021. (Christopher Willard/ABC via Getty Images, FILE)
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While Green said there are "no new kids on the horizon" until then, the "DWTS" pro reflected on the positive changes motherhood has had and will continue to have in her life.
"I'm so excited for this new version of me who is a nurturing, caring and dedicated mom," she said. "I love this new mix of myself and I'm so excited to see where this takes me."
Dancing with the Stars pro Sharna Burgess opens up about the birth, her recovery from the birth originally appeared on goodmorningamerica.com
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