Amy Schumer talks being 'afraid' to go back to work after having her son

The first-time mom, whose son just turned 5 months old, is reflecting about the fears she felt when she went back to work.

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By Ree Hines

Amy Schumer is back to work after welcoming her son, Gene, to the world in May, but that doesn't mean returning to showbiz has been easy for the first-time mom.

In a candid post she shared to Instagram on Saturday, the entertainer opened up about the fears she felt and the tears she cried throughout the process.

"Five months today and like all moms I love him so much it hurts," she wrote alongside a set of sweet photos of her holding her baby boy in her arms. "I'm feeling strong and good and like I’m still a human being with interests and ambitions and goals I’m excited to reach."

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Those goals include doing the work she loves onstage and on-screen, and while she has no regrets about that, she had concerns.

"It’s felt good to be back at work," the 38-year-old continued. "I was so worried about it and was afraid to go back after he was 3 months old."

But she eased into it long before that. In fact, Gene was only two weeks old the first time Schumer delivered a postpartum stand-up performance — an experience that introduced the star to social media mom-shaming for not waiting longer.

However, what those critics didn't realize is that getting back to work makes the time Schumer spends at home with Gene all the better.

"A couple days I’ve cried from missing him," she wrote. "But it’s mostly good to be back and the breaks energize me to be a better mom and appreciate our time even more."

"I have it a lot easier than many people but I wanted to share my experience," Schumer said, asking fellow moms to share their own stories. Several celebrities did just that in the comments that followed her post.

"Will & Grace" star Debra Messing explained that although she was able to bring her son, Roman, to the set of her hit sitcom for rehearsals during the show's original run, everything was harder "on show night."

"Omg, my body hurt from his absence," she wrote. "I felt a physical yearning, and I questioned myself, and felt guilty, and would cry. It was hard. I’d feel such moments of joy making people laugh. I’d get lost in the work and it energized me and empowered me. And then I’d get home and literally sprint to his crib and rock him, feeling like I was HOME. It’s hard, being a working mom. But I believe that we are better moms when we are able to do what fulfills us."

Drew Barrymore said that she "didn’t care about anything" after the arrival of her daughters, Frankie and Olive. "Everything seemed trivial if it wasn’t about my kids. But after time, things fall into the new place. Not the old. Old is gone. Forever changed by a love that is indescribable!"

The "Santa Clarita Diet" actress added that "it just seems to get better and better every day!"