‘It’s about to get real’: Mother-of-five shares VERY raw footage of the birth of her youngest child – documenting violent shakes and ‘primal screams’ during labor – to prepare other women who have ‘no idea what to expect’
- Chrissy Horton from San Diego made a three-minute-long TikTok clip of her birth
- It has been viewed more than eight million times with thousands of comments
- The video captures Chrissy as she experiences the birth of her fifth child
- ‘It’s about to get real… you might want to turn the volume down,’ she says
A mother has shared a candid video of her delivering her fifth baby in a bid to show other women what childbirth is really like.
Chrissy Horton, from San Diego, California, can be seen at the beginning of a three-minute-long TikTok clip modelling a large baby bump before she then runs viewers through each stage of her experience, from developing contractions to journeying to hospital to the final push.
The mom can be seen at one point violently shaking in the hospital bed, but she reassures viewers that it’s ‘super normal’ and ‘it’s all part if the process’.
At another point she warns that ‘it’s about to get real’ so ‘you might want to turn the volume down on your phone’. She then proceeds to give a ‘primal scream’ as her baby starts coming.
Chrissy Horton from San Diego can be seen at the beginning of a TikTok clip modelling a large baby bump before she then runs viewers through each stage of her experience
The expectant mom said she did laundry so she didn’t come back to a ‘bunch of dirty clothes’ after being in hospital
At 3:30am, the expectant mom said the pain got ‘so bad’ when she was around eight centimeters dilated, and she was given an epidural and had a catheter inserted
Other insights she offers in the video, which has been viewed more than eight million times and garnered much praise from other women, is how she had to get a catheter inserted after having her epidural and how you still look pregnant after giving birth because your ‘uterus hasn’t shrunk yet’.
The clip begins by showing Chrissy at home as her contractions start developing in the last afternoon.
She explains she was home alone at the time as her husband had taken their three other kids to a martial arts class.
However, when they got home she hopped on an exercise ball and bounced up and down in a bid to ‘get things moving’.
At 10pm she showered, got ready for bed and started a load of laundry because she didn’t want to ‘come home to a bunch of dirty clothes’.
The next bit of footage shows Chrissy waking up at around 2am because she ‘couldn’t take it anymore’, with the contractions happening closer together.
She explains: ‘[The] contractions were like five minutes apart at that point so I had to call my mom to over to watch the kids so we can go off to the hospital.
Once the baby starts coming, the mood of the video gets more intense. When Chrissy gives birth, the medics inform her she did it without tearing
In the next part of the video Chrissy informs viewers about the next steps. She also reveals that the belly is still swollen after giving birth because the ‘uterus has not shrunken back down yet’
‘It was around here [at 3am] that I really regretted not being at the hospital sooner to get an epidural. My waters hadn’t broke yet and I know that provides a cushion during contractions so it was only gonna get worse.’
When they arrive at hospital, the video shows that part of the carpark was under construction so they had to park on the 4th floor and take the stairs, as she didn’t want to risk getting stuck in the elevator.
Once in the hospital, Chrissy describes how they had to check in with triage while the medical team got a room ready for her and started prepping her for birth.
At 3:30am, the expectant mom said the pain got ‘so bad’ when she was around eight centimeters dilated, and she was given an epidural and had a catheter inserted.
She recalled: ‘I couldn’t make it any longer the epidural helped me relax and then things started to progress better.’
Once the baby starts coming, the mood of the video gets more intense. Chrissy can be heard saying: ‘I always get scared. Even though this is my fifth.’
While her husband rubs her shoulder, a medic tells her to ‘bear down like you have to poop’.
Chrissy pulls a face as she pushes, clearly in lots pain.
‘Can he come out on his own or do I have to keep pushing?’ the mom-to-be quips as everyone crowds round.
The Hortons found out they were expecting another child in spring 2022. At the time they had three girls and one girl aged 10 months to six years old
The medical team tell Chrissy that the baby will come and she’s only been pushing a couple of minutes. Eventually her baby comes out and her fears are put at rest when the medics tell her the delivery happened without her tearing.
In the next part of the video Chrissy informs viewers about the next steps.
She says: ‘Immediately after [the] baby is born he is placed on my chest and that is where they check his vitals and then we do delayed cord clamping… until about 10 minutes after birth.
‘Then after about an hour of skin-to-skin they weigh him and measure him.’
One frame shows Chrissy after she has given birth with her belly still swollen.
She explains: ‘You are still going to look pregnant because your uterus has not shrunken back down yet.’
The Hortons found out they were expecting another child in the spring of 2022. At the time they had three girls and one girl aged 10 months to six years old.
Chrissy, who blogs and posts regularly about life as a mother, said she made her latest clip about childbirth to help other women.
She explains in the caption: ‘When I was pregnant with my first baby I had no idea what to expect when giving birth. I wish I had someone to walk me through how long labor could potentially be, the interventions that are used, and what my options were.
‘So I decided to document and share my entire birthing experience from start to finish. Please note, this is just my personal experience. Everyone is going to have a different birth story.’