The actress recently welcomed her first child to the word - a baby boy called Gene. And despite originally opting for a doula-assisted delivery at a birthing centre, nothing went to plan.
Speaking with prenatal chiropractor and childbirth educator, Elliot berlin, on the Informed Pregnancy and Parenting podcast, the actress explained how her extreme morning sickness (aka hyperemesis gravidarium) only worsened as her pregnancy progressed.
“It was a rainy Sunday and I woke up vomiting and was like the sickest I’d been the whole time,” she said. “And I was like, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ I was so big and I was so miserable and couldn’t keep anything down.”
At the 39 week-mark there was “no question” she’d need a caesarean, although admittedly her doctors were “amazed” that she had been able to carry a baby at all, due to her endometriosis. The severity of Amy’s condition only made things worse once she’d made it to the delivery room.
“I was throwing up through the first hour of my C-section. It’s supposed to take about an hour and a half—mine took over three hours because of my endometriosis,” she shared.
Amy described the surgery as “really scary” and she began to grow “worried” at how much time she’d spent under the knife.
“It was kind of brutal,” she said. “…But Chris [her husband] was so great—we just stared in each other’s eyes and he just held me there. Then they let me hold Gene for a good amount of time. I got to see him and hold him.”
All drama aside, Amy looks back on Gene’s arrival as the best day of her life.
“This has been by far the best year of my life and I spent half of it vomiting every day,” she captioned a snap of the new family on Insta.
Glad it all worked out, Amy.