Blogger Tracey Quinn shares dramatic photo of her giving birth at home
What a powerful photo.
Irish parenting blogger Tracey Quinn surprised fans recently when she not only announced that she had given birth, but that she had done so in her living room.
The mum and blogger went into labour suddenly last month and gave birth to daughter Willow in her own home.
Yesterday Tracey shared a photo from her dramatic labour and fans were blown away.
The mother of two said that she was in two minds about sharing the image but wanted to show the realities of childbirth.
"I won't lie, the pain blew me away. Literally took my breath away. I had an epidural on Billy so never experienced this active labour before. The sudden urge to push. The burning. I expected it all & prepared for it but the intensity took me by surprise & scared me."
I had the exact same experience on my second birth. Not giving birth in the sitting room but the experience of natural birth.
I had an epidural and C-section the first time I gave birth so I had no idea what to expect when my daughter decided to arrive so fast that there was no time for pain killers.
Tracey then went on to say that even though the birth was painful and frightening, she couldn't have been happier to finally hold her little girl.
" I am so grateful for every sensation I felt and honestly, truthfully, wouldn't change a single thing because I FELT it all. The pain. The relief. The joy. I was there. It was me."
I love that Tracey finished with the words 'it was me'. I think it sums up the feeling after you've given birth perfectly. There was definitely a sense of having more control of my body the second time around.
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Quinn, who writes about family life, breastfeeding, weight loss and everything in between runs the blog Love of Living.