A woman has gone viral after doing her hair while in severe labor pain because she wanted to look her best.
Those who have given birth know how painful the process can be – and it’s certainly not the most glamorous either.
But a mum-to-be was determined to look her best when the baby arrived and went so far as to convince herself she hadn’t had contractions just so she could finish braiding her locks before heading to the hospital, reported The Mirror.
In a clip, which has since taken the internet by storm, Secora Hawks from the United States appeared perfectly calm while combing her long hair, despite admitting she was in “the worst pain”.
“My husband is on the phone with the labor and delivery department asking if we should come in, and I’m really in pain the most. [I’ve felt] in my life.
“I’m just trying to get my hair done before the pain starts again.”
Halfway through the video, which has been viewed more than 12.3 million times, Secora paused for a second while bracing herself for a deep breath as she felt another contraction on camera.
However, the mum, who later gave birth to an adorable baby girl, kept going and completed the look.
The viral video came on the heels of her series on pregnancy and childbirth, in which she insisted there was simply no way she was near the big day.
“I better not be in labor because my mom isn’t coming until tomorrow.
“I swear to God, if I give birth the day before my mom arrives, I’m going to get fucked.
“I’ve also planned to have lunch with my dad tomorrow, so I really hope this pain goes away tonight and I’m not in labor,” the US-based woman prayed.
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But despite Secora’s prayers and denial, she was indeed in labor and the couple welcomed their baby girl into the world soon after – with her hair in two neat Dutch braids.
Viewers, who had followed the mother’s journey, took to her in the comments to show their support, with many praising Secora for remaining so calm throughout the process.
“The fact that you were in the worst pain of your life still looked amazing and didn’t show you were in pain,” one fan wrote.
Someone else wanted the woman to share her secret to keep her cool, saying she would “sob on the floor”.
There were also a few other parents who shared their pregnancy stories, like this person: “I was in labor on Thanksgiving and didn’t want to miss dinner, so I dealt with the pains of the childbirth until I finished eating, then I left [to the hospital].”
“I took a two hour bath, did my makeup, drank a cup of coffee, mopped my floors and had it three hours later,” another revealed.