With Mother’s Day happening today, there’s no better time to celebrate motherhood and all it entails — starting with the labour itself.
It can be hard to put an experience like childbirth into words.
The pain, the pleasure, the explosion of emotions, the raw guttural sounds, the sheer awe of what your body can do. It’s nothing short of extraordinary.
That’s not to say it’s an entirely positive experience, of course. The stitches, the bruising, the swelling — not to mention the new-found weak bladder and vaginal dryness that come part and parcel of a new baby — are just some of the few bonus “joys” you’ll experience alongside your precious bundle of joy.
Suddenly Gloria Steinem’s quote about childbirth seems even more apt: “Childbirth is more admirable than conquest, more amazing than self-defence, and as courageous as either one.”
Here, 11 celebrities courageously share their very different experiences with childbirth…