Jessica Simpson couldn’t be more thrilled to finally welcome her baby girl, Maxwell. But unfortunately for the normally bubbly Fashion Star mentor, in the weeks leading up to the birth, her unbridled joy was cut short by sharp pangs of panic. “The thought of going into labor scared the bejeezus out of her,” a friend tells In Touch of the 31-year-old, who after months of speculation — and In Touch’s exclusive report — confirmed last fall that she was indeed expecting her first child with fiancé Eric Johnson, 32. “She was so anxious, she was even breaking into cold sweats at night.”
So after weeks of worry and many sleepless nights, she ultimately chose to schedule a C section. “She desperately wanted to experience the joy of a natural birth, but decided to go withwhat made the most sense for her," the friend reveals.
Though she had carefully prepared for a typically unpredictable labor — with a doctor on call 24/7, a live-in nurse at her Beverly Hills mansion and a $500,000 birthing suite reserved at LA’s elite Cedars-Sinai Medical Center — Jessica was so fearful about the physical agony of a natural birth, she dropped all her meticulous plans in lieu of the major surgery. “Jessica has no tolerance for pain,” the friend admits.“ She even turned to hypnotherapy to calm her fears about it, but nothing was working.”
She may have agonized over her decision about how to welcome little Maxi into the world, but Jessica had a strong hand to hold through the storm. “Eric is a calming force for Jessica,” the friend says of the couple. In fact, to celebrate the birth of baby Maxi, Eric surprised Jessica with a pricey piece of jewelry (paid for by Jessica!). “Eric is so excited about the birth,” the friend tells In Touch.