A scary start to motherhood for Gwyneth

As she looks forward to celebrating her beautiful daughter Apple’s 18th birthday next month, Gwyneth Paltrow has confessed that her arrival was traumatic.


The Oscar-winning actress has shared that she "almost died" giving birth to her daughter with ex-husband Chris Martin.
Gwyneth described the 70-hour labour as “scary” and explained that while both Apple and her younger brother Moses were born via Caesarean section: "My daughter was an emergency."

Speaking to Dax Shepherd on his Armchair Expert podcast, the mum-of-two added that once the birth was safely over, the biggest concern for her was her surgical scar (1), a change to her body which she took some time to get used to.

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"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,'" she added.

Although the 49-year-old didn't go into further details about the harrowing (2) birthing experience, she did reveal how grateful she was to have become a mum before the dawn of social media.

"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,'" she explained.

Gwyneth and Apple have a close bond and she recently admitted they have started to swap (3) clothes.

"Apple borrows from my closet. She likes my t-shirts and my shoes. She gives me beauty tips (4) all the time. She's really amazing at doing eyeliner and all that kind of stuff, so she tries to get me to be a little bit more glam at home, which I just am not."

The Goop founder went on to describe her experience of raising Apple as "really interesting".

She explained: "Because as she's come into her own, it's almost like, you know, it's like watching her harness her own power with every passing year, and I'm just like, 'What is this child here to do?' She's so bright and so funny. She's hilarious (5)."

1. Scar = Mark left on the skin where an injury has healed.
2. Harrowing = Terrifying.
3. To swap = To exchange.
4. Tip = Piece of practical advice.
5. Hilarious = Extremely funny.

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