Amanda Holden wanted to give birth wearing stilettos

·Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Amanda Holden (R) and daughter Alexa Hughes (L) attend the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
Amanda Holden and daughter Alexa Hughes attend the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 13, 2018 in London, England. [Photo: Getty]

When most women go into labour, they barely have time to pack a spare pair of knickers before dashing off to the maternity ward.

But when Amanda Holden arrived at hospital to give birth to her eldest daughter, Alexa, she wore makeup and a full set of false lashes.

What’s more, the 48-year-old – who also has another daughter Holly, 7, with husband Chris Hughes – even requested to wear a pair of stiletto heels.

She opened up about her “full glam” birthing style in conversation with co-presenter Jamie Theakston on her Heart Radio Breakfast Show.

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Holden – who also presents Britain’s Got Talent’ – explained that she had a planned C-section due to a pregnancy complication due to placenta previa, which meant she couldn’t give birth naturally.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Amanda Holden arrives at the Britain's Got Talent 2019 photocall at London Palladium on January 20, 2019 in London, England.  (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Amanda Holden arrives at the Britain's Got Talent 2019 photocall at London Palladium on January 20, 2019 in London, England. [Photo: Getty]

“I had to have a C-section so I did full glam,” she said.

“I had lip gloss, I did a lash. I literally said, ‘Can I wear my [stilettos]?’ And they went, ‘No way, you have to take your shoes off.’”

While we can’t imagine why anyone would want to give birth in a pair of heels, Amanda isn’t the first mother to go big with her delivery room glamour.

In October last year, a social media influencer used the birth of her first child as a time to promote her range of false eyelashes.

Lilly Ghalichi Mir announced that she had welcomed a baby girl via Instagram and, alongside a debut photograph of her daughter, revealed that she gave birth wearing her own-brand Lilly Lashes.

In the past, Duchess of Cambridge has divided mothers with her polished post-birth appearances.

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The royal has appeared on the steps of London’s Lindo Wing after each of the births of her three children – and every time she looks photo-ready with a blow-dry and full make-up.

But some have argued this piles on the pressure for other new mums to look pristine after they have given birth, at a time when they have bigger things to focus on.