Love Actually star Keira Knightley left nothing to the imagination when she wrote an essay to share the gory details of her daughter Edie's delivery in 2015. She wants women to know that actors and celebrities are not spared the indignities, pain, and need for recovery that the rest of us suffer and that you should question anyone that looks like they just took 20 minutes to get their eyebrows waxed.
Refinery29 says that Knightley wrote an essay that starts with the description of her perineum tearing and her daughter coming into the world.
"My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, your head misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming."
Knightley dedicated her essay, called "The Weaker Sex" to her daughter Edie who seemingly taught her many lessons about recovering from a profound event. Her essay tries and succeeds to share the visceral details of childbirth.
She starts with being out for a walk in London the day before Edie was born when her water broke, ruining a favorite pair of shoes -- "brown lace-up brogues which ended up crusted and sticky with amniotic fluid."