Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she nearly died while giving birth to her daughter Apple, after being rushed to hospital for an emergency caesarean.
The actress, who shares her eldest child, 17, with ex-husband Chris Martin, spoke about her ‘crazy’ 70-hour labour while discussing social media’s impact on body positivity.
Gwyneth, who is also mother to son Moses, 15, revealed the procedure left her with a ‘big scar across your body’ as she criticised social media for creating unrealistic expectations of how women are ‘supposed to look’ after giving birth.
Candid: Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she nearly died while giving birth to her daughter Apple, after being rushed to hospital for an emergency caesarian
Speaking on Dax Shepard and Monica Padman’s podcast, Armchair Expert, Gwyneth explained that she nearly died during the dramatic labour.
She said: ‘I had two caesareans. My daughter was an emergency, it was crazy, we almost died. It was like not good.
‘Anyway, there’s a big scar across your body and you’re like, oh wow, that didn’t used to be there. And it’s not that it’s bad or you want to judge it but you’re just like, ”Oh my god.”
Gwyneth previously revealed that she was in labour for 70 hours before welcoming her 9lb 11oz child.
Challenging: The actress, who shares her eldest child, now 17, with ex-husband Chris Martin, spoke about her ‘crazy’ labour for the first time (pictured with Apple in 2005)
Gwyneth went onto criticise social media for creating unrealistic expectations of female beauty, including the idea that a women can have ‘washboard abs’ just days after giving birth.
She added: ‘Thank god there wasn’t Instagram when I had babies because now it’s like if I see someone, ”Oh I just gave birth two weeks ago and I have a completely washboard stomach,” and I’m like, wow that’s not what I [looked like].’
‘And like great, more power to the lady with the washboard [abs] but that is totally the exception and then now we’re being fed all of these other images of what we’re supposed to look like all the time — babies, no babies, whatever.’
Open: Gwyneth, who is also mother to son Moses, said: ‘I had two caesareans. My daughter was an emergency, it was crazy, we almost died. It was like not good’
The Iron Man star added: ‘I think women really need to be friends with each other and all the judgment around how you have a baby, do you breastfeed, do you not, this that, are you going to work, are you not going to work. Guess what, whatever it is, it’s OK.’
‘I feel like we also have this weird thing around, it’s past perfectionism, it’s like I can do this gargantuan task that’s superhuman and why? For what?’
It comes after Gwyneth revealed that her teenage son is far from embarrassed by her racy new ventures, after launching a vibrator and sex toy business.
In an interview on The Ellen Show, the star said that at first her son shared his trepidation around her business, but then added: ‘No, this is great — you’re making people feel not embarrassed to buy something, and that’s great. You’re a feminist.’
‘I was like, ”Thank you, my dear.” I’m sure he’s still embarrassed, but at least he’s putting a good spin on it.’
Supportive: It comes after Gwyneth revealed that her teenage son is far from embarrassed by her racy new ventures, after launching a vibrator and sex toy business
On Monday Gwyneth, who is in the midst of promoting her Netflix series, Sex, Love and Goop, confessed that Apple received the ‘craziest sex-ed’ talk when she was in the sixth grade, in a preview clip for her interview on Red Table Talk.
‘They [Apple and Moses], at their elementary school in sixth grade, had the craziest sex-ed talk, it was incredible,’ Gwyneth tells the ladies, adding with a shocked expression: ‘But, full-on everything, like they learned everything.’
‘I will never forget Apple’s face when she came home,’ she continued. ‘[The teacher] told them everything. And when I say everything, I mean everything.’
Paltrow, who usually has no shame in her game when it comes to talking about sexuality and the human body, blushed when recalling the story.
In her new series, the Academy Award-winning actress is diving deep into the mind’s of a few couples who are navigating intimacy issues.
In her new Netflix show, Paltrow teams up with five couples dealing with a myriad of troubles from marriages issues to past sexual traumas.
She helps the couples engage in exercises and therapies to overcome their struggles and further connect.
Important: The star is in the midst of promoting her Netflix series Sex, Love and Goop, which delves deep into the mind’s of a few couples who are navigating intimacy issues