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JENNIFER LOPEZ: DRESSED TO IMPRESS
Of course J. Lo was able to turn a very unglamorous affair – childbirth – into something spectacular. In Harper’s Bazaar's December/January issue, the singer said she was wearing a fur coat when she went into labor with her twins in 2008. "I think of the day my kids were born ... It was in the middle of a snowstorm, and I wore this big white fur coat. I was huge, and it was the only coat that would fit me," she said.
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KRISTEN BELL: UNEXPECTED C-SECTION
When having her second daughter, Delta, Bell needed a last-minute C-section after 33 hours in labor – more than double the amount of time it took to deliver her firstborn, Lincoln. So, the actress got an epidural at hour 14. "As someone who has never experimented with drugs, I really enjoyed it," Bell told Ellen DeGeneres. "While they were doing it, I was thinking, 'What else could we get done down there?' Anything to keep the epidural flowing."
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CHRISTINA AGUILERA: SCHEDULED C-SECTION
"I didn't want any surprises," Aguilera told PEOPLE in 2008 of her decision to deliver her son, Max, with a scheduled C-section at week 37 of her pregnancy. "Honestly, I didn't want any [vaginal] tearing. I had heard stories of women going in and having to have an emergency C-section [anyway]." Of course, scheduling the date of delivery posed its own set of anxieties: "The hardest part was deciding on his birthday. I wanted to leave it up to fate, but at the same time I was ready to be done early!"
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JILL DILLARD: 70-HOUR DELIVERY
To get through a dramatic labor that lasted almost three days, Dillard relied on her husband, Derick, to stay calm; he played spiritual songs and read Bible verses throughout. When her 10-lb newborn, Israel, finally decided to emerge (via C-section in a hospital), Dillard felt at peace with the whole ordeal. "I love our birth story because it bonded us so well," the new mom, who'd hoped for a natural homebirth, told PEOPLE. "It brought us through something amazing together, and it was a journey that we needed to go through."
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KRISTEN CAVALLARI: FALSE LABOR – THEN THE REAL DEAL
When her then-fiancé Jay Cutler was away at Chicago Bears training camp, Cavallari woke up at 4 a.m. with abdominal pain and the unshakeable thought: This could be it! Yet when she called her doctor, he suspected she was experiencing false labor, saying, "Trust Me, you'll know when it's the real deal." (And later that day it was: Cavallari had Camden with Cutler by her side.)
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MEGAN FOX: 'LEVEL ORANGE PAIN ALERT'
"I was screaming for an epidural when [husband Brian Austin Green] was driving me to the hospital because my water broke on its own and immediately – it was level orange pain alert," Fox said of son Noah's birth. But at least she looked polished – "I was trying to blow dry my hair before I went to the hospital because I didn't want to get to the hospital with wet hair."
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KATE HUDSON: THE FOUR-AND-A-HALF HOUR PUSH
Four and a half hours of Hudson's 18-hour labor with her second son, Bingham, were spent pushing – the rest of the time, apparently, was spent dealing with her hands-on mom, Goldie Hawn, who showed up to the delivery room with pizza and Doritos and lots of advice, like, "Imagine your va-jay-jay as a large magnolia flower blossoming."
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KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN: SELF-DELIVERY
"Both were really easy. I actually pulled both babies out of me!" Kardashian told Fit Pregnancy of giving birth to Mason and Penelope (no word on new baby Reign's delivery story yet). The reality star clearly prioritizes efficiency: "I was out of the hospital so fast both times because I just wanted to get home. I stayed in my pajamas for 30 days and kept the house really quiet."
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