RTE star Jennifer Maguire has revealed she's faced her fear and ready for a natural childbirth.
Writing in this week's Celebrity Diary in The Herald, she says that her thoughts on her birthing technique have changed since the early stages of her pregnancy.
"I'm planning a natural birth but that’s not to say I won’t be asking the security guard at the gate for an epidural – I’m trying to keep an open mind," she writes.
"I’ve been practising my hypno-birthing techniques every day. There is a lot of preparation needed to go this way. I’ve done a lot of work with classes, reading and meditation.
"It really is a lot of mental prep because you have to practise breathing and meditating because that’s how you’ll deal with the pain.
"It’s basically about having no drugs and about getting yourself into a state of relaxation. It’s about letting it all happen naturally."
Maguire, who presents Breakfast Republic on 2Fm and also stars on Republic of Telly on RTE Two, said she always thought she would have gone immediately for pain relief, but now prefers a more natural route.
"If anyone had asked me at three months about my birth plan I would have said I would be taking all the drugs on offer," she added.
"Now I’ve gotten rid of my fear. I’m ready for labour – I’m not afraid or worried about it. It’s about being positive and letting your body do what it’s designed to do.
"Women are made to do this and we can do it so we just have to get rid of the fear and let it happen."