Paloma Faith has given birth to a baby girl via planned Caesarean section and announced the news with a refreshingly honest post on Instagram.
Known for documenting her pregnancy — which she conceived after 'struggling' with six rounds of IVF — in an open and candid way, the singer and TV judge has been keen not to gloss over the negative aspects of carrying her second child. And her latest birth announcement, in which she revealed her 'nipples are on fire', is no different.
Breaking tradition from the usual celebrity birth announcements, the 39-year-old announced to her followers simply that she was 'no longer pregnant', posting a black and white picture of her daughter's feet, along with a cheerful, but tired looking photo of herself in a hospital gown, presumably post-birth.
Continuing the post, Faith revealed that she'd had a planned C-section the day before, and that although she was in 'a lot of pain' and hadn't slept the night before, it was all worth it to meet her 'new little cherub.'
'It’s been about 30 hours and already I’m exhausted, sore and my nipples are on fire with a baby piranha that wants to kill me on them every few hours, but I am of course elated! This baby couldn’t be more loved or wanted if she tried (yes I have two gals).'
She explained: 'I’m now going through the constant worry of bottle vs breast, last time I breast fed exclusively and I think it was too hard!
'I don’t know if I wanna put myself through that this time… but I’m trying anyway. And my nipples are on fire,' she revealed candidly.
'Lost a litre of blood and I’m in so much pain despite the pain killers. The joys!'
Despite the post only being shared 13 hours ago, it's already racked up over 100,000 likes, and the comments feature a number of messages of congratulations from famous friends.
Given that celebrity birth announcements usually tend to veer along the lines of describing the birth as 'a magical experience,' and new mums revealing they'd skipped all pain relief in favour of a natural birth (which then often piles on the pressure and feelings of inadequacy onto other new mums), Faith's refreshingly candid and honest post has been seen as a welcome breath of fresh air to many.
With one fan commenting: 'Nice bit of realism!!' and another saying: 'Thanks for not pretending it was a magical and pain-free experience!'
While other mothers reassured the Picking Up The Pieces star that 'love doesn't come from a breast or a bottle,' and advised her to 'do what feels right, a happy mum makes a happy baby!'
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