Childbirth is a unique experience for us all, and that includes the rich and famous amongst us.
From begging for an epidural to envisioning the baby doing all the work, these celebrity birthing tales prove that no two birth stories are ever the same!
“I felt very maternal around eight months, and I thought I couldn’t become any more until I saw the baby,” the pop star told US Vogue.
“But it happened during my labour because I had a very strong connection with my child. I felt like when I was having contractions, I envisioned my child pushing through a very heavy door.
“And I imagined this tiny infant doing all the work, so I couldn’t think about my own pain. We were talking. I know it sounds crazy, but I felt a communication.”
“Nobody told me about all of the crazy shit that comes out of your pussy after you give birth,” comedian Ali Wong said on her Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife.
“You know what happens after the baby comes out? You know what else exits? Her house. Her living room, her pillows, the Bob Marley poster. All the food that went bad in her refrigerator.”
“In some cases more than others, your body experiences a kind of trauma through childbirth that is difficult to explain unless you’ve had that experience,” the actor told People.
“My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed. [My] body was really bent out of shape after the boys were born. Bouncing back feels impossible, but I know it is important as a woman, and now a mummy, to not give up.”
“My vagina was ripped to my asshole giving birth to Luna.
“They had to put a garbage bag at the end of the bed to collect my blood before [stitching] me up, where I then had to pee using a water bottle as a pain fountain for 3 months.”
“I ended up on all fours in the back of a taxi with my husband on the way to the hospital, but otherwise I feel like I had a very lucky and good experience,” Tina told People.
“I always knew I wanted an epidural. I am not a daredevil.”
“Giving birth is just whoa! What I remember the most is the cry,” Nicole told Net a Porter.
“When the baby is born, the cry penetrates on such a deep level and Keith says that, too. He goes, ‘What about that cry!’ And we actually did record our birth. So we’ve heard it back. And every time it jolts me back into the moment.”
“She was in the frank breech position, which is head up with her legs up by her head in a pike position. We tried everything to turn her around,” Pink told People of the birth of Willow Sage.
“Turns out this little girl had other plans — she is my daughter, after all.” The pop star is perfectly happy with the way things went down, though. She added, “It all turned out perfectly in the end, even though it wasn’t what we intended, because she is healthy and happy and so am I.”
“I actually thought I was going to die at one point and left my body,” the super model revealed of baby Flynn’s difficult birth in an Instyle interview.
“I was looking down on myself – the pain was so intense. ‘I kept thinking, “how do women do this?” But if other women have done this, I can do it too. I was determined.”
“I had wet hair so I was trying to blow dry my hair before I went to the hospital,” Megan told Access Hollywood.
“I didn’t want to go to the hospital with wet hair!”
“My perspective was — as someone who has never experimented with drugs — I really enjoyed it,” Kristen told Ellen.
“It was kind of a wonderful experience for me. While they were doing it, I actually thought, like, ‘What else could we get done down there?’ … Just anything to keep the epidural flowing!
“About six or seven hours later, I’m sitting in my hospital bed, and I say to Dax, ‘Well, I think the epidural has finally worn off.’ And he looks over, and I am scratching holes in my face like a meth addict.”
“I’ve never talked about this. I’ve actually gone to great pains to cover it up. But Mia was an emergency C-section,” Kate confessed to US magazine Gotham.
“I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatised by the fact that I hadn’t given birth. I felt like a complete failure. My whole life, I’d been told I had great childbearing hips.
“There’s this thing amongst women in the world that if you can handle childbirth, you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth, and I felt like, in some way that I couldn’t join that ‘powerful women’s club.”
“I have my doctor and my mum [Goldie Hawn] kind of looking over with these headlights,” Kate told People.
“And she brings a magnolia flower. And she sort of starts to do these visualisations with me. And she’s going, ‘Imagine your va-jay-jay as a large magnolia flower blossoming.”
“Don’t tell your kids you had an easy birth or they won’t respect you. For years I used to wake up my daughter and say, ‘Melissa you ripped me to shreds. Now go back to sleep.'”
“Because I had twins and [it] was recommended for me to have a C-section, and there was a part of me [that] had thought, ‘I didn’t get to do it the way that everybody else does,’” the triple threat told Wonderwall.
“But when I saw my sister pushing that baby out, I was like, ‘Maybe this was all right! Maybe this was a better out.’”
“It’s a very peaceful song,” Dewan explained to People of the Devi Prayer song she had playing the moment she gave birth her son Callum.
“It always puts me at ease. I put that on our playlist and I said to Steve, ‘If I ever start to look like I’m getting anxious or if I was having a rough time, just please play that.’”
“You have to scream, unless you’re totally drugged and, hell, I screamed,” the songstress told the Sun of son Egypt’s birth.
“But I followed this particular technique which banishes negative thoughts. So instead of calling it a contraction, it’s a surge. And I think words like that are pretty powerful. … So it hurt, but I think I received it a little better and I can say I really enjoyed it.”
“To my girl: My vagina split,” Keira Knightley wrote in the book Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies.
“You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming.
“You were pushing yourself up with your arms, furious at your frailty. Wanting to see. Wanting to know … I remember the shit, the vomit, the blood, the stitches. I remember my battleground.
“Your battleground and life pulsating. Surviving. And I am the weaker sex? You are?”
“We were in this little hospital in Africa when Shi was born,” the actor told Marie Claire.
“I don’t think there was anybody else in the hospital. It was just a little cottage, the three of us. It ended up being the greatest thing.
“We had wonderful doctors and nurses. It was lovely, very personal, all three in this sweet room. I had a C-section and I found it fascinating. I didn’t find it a sacrifice and I didn’t find it a painful experience. I found it a fascinating miracle of what a body can do.”
“It’s about being calm and breathing gently,” Jessica Alba told Today’s Parent of the hypnobirthing technique.
“Instead of pushing the baby out, necessarily, it’s breathing the baby down. Your body naturally contracts and pushes the baby out. That’s what labour is. So if you just allow it to do what it’s meant to do, and if you can stay calm and open, then you’ll have an easier time with birthing.”
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