They don’t call it labor for nothing. Just ask Miranda Kerr. The 28-year-old Victoria’s Secret model, who in January become a parent to baby boy Flynn along with actor-hubby Orlando Bloom, recently told Australia’s InStyle magazine of her natural birth: “I actually thought I was going to die at one point and left my body. I was looking down on myself – the pain was so intense.”
Finally, a celebrity who tells it like it is! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we should be focusing on the horrors of childbirth (expectant moms have enough to worry about). But it’s refreshing to hear a celebrity revealing the truth about labor – that’s it not all sunshine and smiles (or, you know, looking intimately into your partner’s eyes during the final push).
Sure, Kerr gives props to Orlando for “supporting and guiding” her through it, but that’s to be expected (and it’s all very sweet). I’m more focused on the fact that she admits to having “a long, arduous and difficult labor,” and that’s she’s not intent sugar-coating the whole experience, as so many A-list celebs tend to do. For example, when Jessica Alba welcomed her daughter, Honor Marie, into the world back in 2008, she called her natural childbirth experience “really Zen.” She told OK! Magazine at the time: “The labor was more like meditation. I did yoga breathing. I was focused.”
We’re happy for Alba but I’d pick Kerr any day over Alba as a postpartum bestie. I mean, she is a world-renown supermodel and she did drop her baby weight within 10 or so minutes, but this woman tells it like it is: “I kept thinking, How do women do this? But if other women have done this, I can do it too. I was determined.”
The craziest part? Baby Flynn weighed a whopping 9 pounds, 12 ounces at birth! Miranda Kerr, you’re my hero.