While there are many things that race through a woman’s mind when she is in labour, not everyone is too concerned with how they look.
Secora Hawks, however, had her mind on other things.
The US woman shared a video diary online to document the birth of her daughter Olive, posting her experience in hospital to TikTok.
As the woman navigated her contractions, she decided to make herself “presentable” for the birth.
“I just took a shower so I can re-braid my hair,” she says in the clip.
“I am just trying to do my hair quickly before the pain starts again.”
In the video, which has now been viewed over 12 millions times, she tries to explain to her online followers the pain she is feeling while waiting at home to get the go ahead from the midwives to come in for delivery.
At one point her pain is so bad that she has to take a break from doing her hair. “Babe I can’t braid my hair. It looks so bad,” she yells over to her partner.
“Really doubted I was going to do my hair while in labour but I was committed,” she captioned the post.
Followers were stunned that the mum had the energy to be able to get herself ready for the trip to the hospital, as she said it was “Definitely the worst pain in my life”.
Other mums shared their stories of pushing through the pain to enjoy one last moment before birth. “I was in labour on thanksgiving and didn’t want to miss dinner so I dealt with labour pains until I finished eating and then went,” one recalled.
Secora updated her followers that the video of her doing her hair was recorded at 10pm, and she ended up giving birth to her daughter Olive just hours later at 3am the next morning.
Image credits: TikTok
This article first appeared on OverSixty.