16 Times Celebrities Got Real About Giving Birth

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Although Kylie Jenner kept her lips sealed about her pregnancy for months, explaining in her baby announcement that she wanted to have her nine-month journey out of the spotlight, it's only a matter of time before we hear what it was like for her to give birth to her LO. Thankfully, for every star who wants to keep some of her most intimate #momlife moments to herself, there are plenty of celeb moms who have gotten real about super-personal experiences, like giving birth.

And thank goodness they have! Far too many topics -- from tearing or pooping on the delivery table to having to wear gigantic pads after giving birth or having a home birth -- are still considered taboo to talk about. Or even if they're not, plenty of new moms may find themselves steering away from bringing up details about their labor and delivery -- even with VIPs in their lives --  for fear of being judged or shamed.

But when someone like Kristen Bell talks about appreciating her epidural or another famous mama like Alanis Morissette talks about how giving birth felt "transcendental," their candid confessions hopefully open the door for more moms to share their own unique experiences. 

Here, 16 celebrity moms who got so real about giving birth.

  • Kristen Bell

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    Back in February 2015, just seven weeks after welcoming her youngest daughter Delta, Kristen Bell sat down to chat with Ellen Degeneres and opened up about her birth "drug trip."

    "As someone who has never experimented with drugs, I really enjoyed it," she said. "While they were doing it, I thought: 'What else could we get done down there?' ... Anything to keep the epidural flowing!"

    When the drugs left her system, she was scratching her face "like a meth addict," she joked, and the nurse offered her Benadryl to help with the itching. "What a cocktail," Kristen said to Ellen. "I started telling all these stories and I was taking 30-second pauses between 'and' and 'the'. ... Do you know what looks really good when you're on that stuff? Handbags, or throw pillows or rugs. Thank god I didn't remember my credit card number. Honestly, a picture of a throw pillow was as mind-blowing as seeing The Matrix for the first time."

    Too funny.

  • Jennifer Hudson

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    The actress, singer, and Voice judge gave birth to her son David back in 2009. At the time, she told People that her C-section recovery was actually less challenging than she expected. "Everybody told me how much it was going to hurt afterwards, but I think I have a different tolerance for pain than others," she shared. "By that night after I had the baby, I'm like, 'Look, I can't sit in this bed anymore. I've got to get up!' I've been up and about since he was born. To me, the pain is no different than when you work out a muscle you've never worked out before and it's sore."


  • Kristin Cavallari

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    After giving birth to her first son Camden Jack in 2012, the former Hills star spoke to People about her labor and delivery. "[My husband Jay and I] went for a walk and I could get through the pains," she explains. "I said, 'Ouch this really hurts,' but I was kind of laughing through them. My doctor was like, 'Trust me, you'll know when it's the real deal!'"

    Later that day, she was in full-on labor. Of the experience, she shared that "the pain was like nothing [she'd] ever experienced," adding: "It was so painful but a different kind of pain -- because I knew we were going to meet our son. It was worth every minute, and I'll do it again.” And she definitely did -- she's now a mom of three!

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  • Alicia Keys

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    The Grammy Award–winning singer told the Sun back in 2012 that she liked to speak about giving birth to son Egypt "very positively because [she doesn't] like to scare people," adding: 

    "I mean it was painful, hell yeah. You have to scream, unless you're totally drugged and, hell, I screamed. 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. It's not like anything I've ever done and I think it'll be better the second time. It must be. But as everyone says, it was worth it. It was bliss and a real miracle to be part of... And I really believe that (a) new day started the day Egypt came into this world."

  • Chrissy Teigen

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    Now pregnant with baby #2, Chrissy Teigen took to Twitter not long after giving birth to her eldest, daughter Luna, to get real about aspects of giving birth -- like needing an irrigation bottle to heal and reduce the chance of irritation and infection of the sutured perineal area between your vagina and anus. Chrissy also told Cosmopolitan

    "John and I didn't read any books or take any classes except, like, CPR and everything. I didn't want to get inside my own head and expect things that weren't gonna happen. Everyone has such a different story so we were like, let's just roll with the punches. But for six months of my pregnancy, [the baby] was breeched -- arms crossed and upright. I couldn't see her face because she was facing my back. I was so worried because we could never see her face. I was like, Can we just make sure she has two eyes, a nose, and a mouth? We scheduled a C-section early, around 38 weeks. A lot of my friends have had C-sections and they were like, 'You're gonna love it. You have, like, a 1:30 appointment and then by 2, you have a baby in your hands.' So I honestly came to terms with it. But then the week I was supposed to have the C-section, I went to a specialist in L.A. ... He's like the breeched-baby whisperer. He massaged my pelvis, and the next day, he was like, 'Oh, your baby flipped, now you can deliver vaginally.' I was like, Oh! I didn’t think about this! I’m not prepped! I don't know how to breathe!"
    She also opened up about feeling "so hungry" during labor: "... but you can only have soup in case you have to go into surgery. So I texted John while he was performing and was like, 'Please bring me something!' He said all they have is rack of lamb. I was like, 'Bring it to me!' My doctors are gonna hate me but I was eating lamb chops, popsicles, and watching Bravo. Then I woke up and they were like, it’s time."

  • Alanis Morissette

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    Alanis Morissette welcomed her son Ever at home in 2011, and later told Today: "I didn't really even imagine myself having the birth experience in the hospital. My home is like my little sanctuary .... The experience was beyond pain. It was a transcendental experience. I just went to this whole other world. I basically had to be the little soldier that I am and really focus on this new beautiful creature coming out of me."

    She went on to say that she wants women to know "it's quite possible to have a really amazing home birth," adding, "[I]n my case I have no regrets and would do it again and, in the same breath, it wasn’t the easiest experience of my life -- I think having it be an option is really exciting."

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  • Zoe Saldana

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    The Guardians of the Galaxy actress and mom of three boys -- twins Cy Aridio and Bowie Ezio and youngest Zen -- has opened up a couple of times about the challenges she faced when delivering Cy and Bowie, who arrived prematurely. In 2015, Zoe shared on Facebook, "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. My case was like that, everything from my thyroid to my platelets crashed."

    Later, in 2016, the actress told Allure: "The boys came at 32 weeks. They found protein in my urine; my platelets crashed. I didn't qualify for an epidural, so I delivered under general anesthetic. I didn't even meet them until a day later." 

  • Megan Fox

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles star and mom of three Megan Fox opened up to Access Hollywood about the birth of her first son Noah: "I was screaming for an epidural when [husband] Brian [Austin Green] was driving me to the hospital, because my water broke on its own. It was level orange alert pain. It hurts so bad. It was so intense. And I thought I was gonna be really tough and make it, I was gonna labor to like 8 cm ... but the first contraction that I got was horrific!"

  • Maya Rudolph

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    The comedian and actress opened up to People about giving birth to her daughter Lucille: "(A homebirth) was not my plan, but that's what happened … because the baby came out really fast. Luckily, she just kind of glided into her father's arms .... It was scary, but it was kind of awesome. Hospitals make me nervous because I feel like hospital equals death, like it smells like dead people and weird fluids that pickle people." 

    She also commented on saving her placenta: "You have to put the placenta somewhere and I didn't know it at the time, but someone put it in my freezer. Then a couple of weeks later I opened the freezer and was like, 'What is that weird meat?' Apparently a lot of cultures eat it. I did not do that, so don’t worry, I'm not a weirdo.”

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  • Kim Kardashian

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    The reality star and mom of three -- who suffered from a condition called placenta accreta with her two pregnancies -- opened up on her blog after giving birth to eldest North West: 

    "We induced my labor, and I had North soon after. Right after delivery, the placenta usually then comes out. Mine did not. My placenta stayed attached inside my uterus, which is a condition called placenta accreta. This is a high-risk condition that happens when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall .... My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!! My mom was crying; she had never seen anything like this before. My delivery was fairly easy, but then going through that -- it was the most painful experience of my life! They gave me a second epidural but we were racing against time, so I just had to deal .... I'm so thankful that my doctor was able to catch this and address the issue immediately."

  • Christina Applegate

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    The Up All Night actress opened up to People about welcoming her daughter Sadie Grace with husband Martyn LeNoble back in 2011: "I didn't like the feeling of numbness ... It was really creepy to me. It was too much, so we turned it off and we opted to go all the way, feeling it all." After an 18-hour labor she says she dropped her gown, "which I don't do. This part of my body is very private to me," she said, referring to her 2008 double mastectomy. "That's a real private place. A place that I don't have a good relationship with, let's say. But at that moment of pulling [Sadie] out and I just tore that thing off. There's a room full of people that I don't know. Nurses and doctors. And she and I just laid there. It was the best thing that's ever happened to me." 

  • Beyonce

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    Of giving birth to her eldest, Blue Ivy, Queen Bey told Vogue, "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. 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." 

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  • Miranda Kerr

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    The Victoria's Secret model may be expecting her second LO right now, but after she welcomed her first child, son Flynn, with then-husband Orlando Bloom, she told InStyle Australia that childbirth wasn't exactly a zen experience for her: "I kept thinking, how do women do this? But if other women have done this, I can do it, too. I was determined. I actually thought I was going to die at one point and left my body. I felt as if I was looking down on myself -- the pain was so intense.”

  • Tina Fey

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    The multi-hyphenate entertainer opened up about giving birth to her daughter Alice in 2005: 

    "I ended up on all fours in the back of a taxi .... Once I got in the hospital, I very quickly accepted Stadol, which is a narcotic. A lot of women would say it’s bad to do that because you are giving your baby a narcotic, but she's fine. She's really, really fine. When I woke up, somehow I was almost completely dilated and the nurses were congratulating me. Then I had an epidural and I was lucky that it was a good one and effective. I have never used any kind of recreational drug."

  • Olivia Wilde

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    In October 2017, actress and mom of two Olivia Wilde took to Instagram to share this photo and open up about giving birth to her youngest, daughter Daisy, writing: 

    "A year ago, today, juuuuust as the drugs kicked in. Daisy's birth was a little bit complicated and I'm deeply grateful for Sharlene Pope, Dr Caitlin Fiss, Nurse Helen O'Keeffe, and the whole life-saving team at Mount Sinai hospital in Manhattan. Together we pushed out a gorgeous almost 10 lb baby lady. Let's hear it for modern medicine. It shouldn't be reserved for the lucky few. Happy birthday, Daisy girl!"

    She also kept it real about her postpartum vagina, telling Shape, "First of all, you haven't seen your vagina in months, even though it's all her fault you're in this situation. Now that you can finally confirm that she is, in fact, still there, she isn't the gal that you remember, and would rather you back off and give her some space (and an ice diaper) for the time being, thank you very much."  

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  • Katie Lowes

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    The Scandal star and new mom appeared on Live with Kelly & Ryan in January and spilled details of her "hard" childbirth process: "I had a mantra: 'This is only temporary.' That's what I would say over and over again. My husband was right there, but he stayed up top, he stayed up high. It was a rule -- it was above the shoulder. You stay above the down-below region. He did look, but we don't talk about that. I'm pretty sure he looked, and we're not going to talk about that. And even Adam, when you watch this today, we're still not going to talk about that!"

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