UPDATE [7/11/19, 12:oo p.m. EST]: Rossi gave birth to her baby girl on July 10. She wrote on Instagram, “God is Great!! Skylar Gray Smiley arrived safely into this world today! Most amazing [and] emotional day of my life! I am doing good as well. Of course I have some pain from the c-section, but it was all so worth it!”

Former “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Gretchen Rossi revealed that giving birth to her baby girl won’t be going as she planned.

The expectant mom, 41, shared a lengthy post on Instagram, revealing that she has made the “super hard decision” to undergo a c-section, People reports.

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Tomorrow is the Day!!! 🥴🙌🏻🙏🏻 So I am going to share a story with you all…. I had a really really tough day yesterday because of having to make a super hard decision after my doctors appt. but after a lot of contemplation, crying, struggling, (and based on the medical pros and cons) the Doctor, Slade and I have decided a c-section is going to be the safest thing for me and baby tomorrow. ————————————————————————-Doctor said I am only dilated 1cm and I guess I have a “cervix of steel” 😜 so it’s not really cooperating at this point and just my pelvic exam yesterday was so beyond painful that I almost passed out, then started to hyperventilate because of that, which then lead to a panic attack! Needless to say I was a hot mess! 🙈🥴—————————————Statistics show that if you aren’t dilated past 3cm then being induced is a lot harder on your body and one has a lower success of a vaginal birth, and a lot of times leads to a c-section anyways. So I either labor for potentially days and go through this balloon like procedure to try and open my cervix (which may or may not work) and possibly put myself and the baby in a lot of duress during that process (because I can’t have an epidural for that part yet) and then end up potentially in a c-section anyways, or I just do the scheduled c-section, which will be a lot less stress on myself and the baby. ——————————————————When you have this vision of how you want your labor and delivery to go and it doesn’t turn out they way you imagined, there is this sadness and internal struggle with “why isn’t my body cooperating” or am I making the right decision etc. So after crying it out, and being sad about not having a “vaginal birth” yesterday, I asked God to give me a sign that this is the best decision, and he did! 🙌🏻 He literally had so many of my friends reach out to me yesterday and put me at ease about a potential c-section (and they didn’t even know what had happened at the appt.) ———————————————————— So I am scheduled for the c-section tomorrow and am going to embrace it with as much confidence as I can, and know that having her in my arms safely is all that matters! 🙏🏻🙌🏻❤️ (Finish reading in comments below 👇

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In part, Rossi captioned the post:

I had a really really tough day yesterday because of having to make a super hard decision after my doctors appt. but after a lot of contemplation, crying, struggling, (and based on the medical pros and cons) the Doctor, Slade and I have decided a c-section is going to be the safest thing for me and baby tomorrow.

The soon-to-be mom shared that she experienced severe pain during her last doctor’s appointment.

Rossi continued:

Doctor said I am only dilated 1cm and I guess I have a “cervix of steel.”  [So] it’s not really cooperating at this point and just my pelvic exam yesterday was so beyond painful that I almost passed out, then started to hyperventilate because of that, which then lead to a panic attack! Needless to say I was a hot mess!

Furthermore, the reality star shared that inducing a vaginal birth when she isn’t dilated beyond 3cm would cause a lot of stress on herself and the baby, likely leading to a c-section anyway.

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💥Happy 4th of July from Me, Sky & Slade! We feel so very blessed to live in this country! 🙏🏻❤️ #38weeks ———————————————————————— Hope you all have a safe and beautiful day with family and friends! ———————————————————————— ✅ Remember to close all doors and windows if you leave your fur babies at home because the fireworks scare them!! This is the biggest Holiday that pets escape and get out because the noise of the fireworks scare them! So put some pee pads down, turn up the TV and keep our little ones safe! 🙏🏻😘 #keeppetssafe #keeppetssafefromfireworks #animals #pets #4thofjuly

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She ended the post expressing how it feels as an expectant mom to not have things go as planned.

Rossi explained:

When you have this vision of how you want your labor and delivery to go and it doesn’t turn out they way you imagined, there is this sadness and internal struggle with “why isn’t my body cooperating” or am I making the right decision etc. So after crying it out, and being sad about not having a “vaginal birth” yesterday, I asked God to give me a sign that this is the best decision, and he did!  He literally had so many of my friends reach out to me yesterday and put me at ease about a potential c-section (and they didn’t even know what had happened at the appt.)

In the end, the 41-year-old said all that matters now is having her baby girl safely in her arms.

According to Family Education, failure to progress in labor or dilate can happen for several reasons. These reasons include “cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD), which is when the infant’s head is too large for the mom’s pelvis. Other reasons include inefficient contractions, and the baby being in a posterior position.”

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