Jillian Harris shares a behind-the-scenes look at her birth -- and the infamous ‘mesh’ underwear


(photo: Jillian Harris)

If you follow Canadian reality star Jillian Harris, you’ll know that she was pregnant with her first child this summer. The interior designer and blogger has been sharing her personal experience since she first found out she was having a baby –and now we’ve got the birth story to go with it.

Born on Aug. 5, Leo Pasutto’s arrival wasn’t exactly the picture perfect experience Harris had imagined.

“For me, I feel like I envisioned a quiet night at home with just Justin and I … (and Nacho) just like in the movies, I would wake Justin up in the middle of the night with a gentle nudge ‘it’s time’ and off we would go down to the hospital. I feel like I would have ‘known’ it was coming and I would be totally prepared,” she says in a recent blog post outlining the day.

Arriving two weeks prior to his due date, the couple was alerted that something was up when Harris started “leaking.”

“I got up one more time and just like the movies, my water broke. Like big time … SPLOOOSHHHH.”

She then goes on to explain the intensity of labour, how her entire film crew was present in the delivery room with her and how she almost had to have a C-section.

“Just as they were going to take me into the OR, they checked my cervix and I was 10 CENTIMETRES!!!!!!!! WE COULD NOT BELIEVE it!!! I remember having NO energy to push but I knew it didn’t matter, we had to get the baby out!”

While most saw the announcement of Leo’s birth via Harris’ highly curated Instagram account, on her blog she shares more ‘real’ images from the delivery room and how things looked immediately postpartum – namely, the mesh underwear.

“Love the picture of you in the most horrendous, uncomfortable, mesh post baby underwear ( I know from experience),” said one of her Facebook followers. “How do you still look so beautiful? Love your posts, raw and real.”

“Love the first photo! I feel like those awful looking, Godsent underwear are the first badge of motherhood,” said another.

“Oh my gosh, that picture of you in your mesh panties cracks me up!! Love it!!”