Jessica Simpson, 31, is getting ready to welcome her first child, daughter Maxi, any day now. But the normally bubbly Fashion Star mentor has reportedly been hit with pangs of panic in the days leading up to the birth, In Touch reports. “The thought of going into labor scared the bejeezus out of her,” says a pal. “She was so anxious, she was even breaking into cold sweats at night.”
So after weeks of worry, Jess chose to schedule a C-section. “She desperately wanted to experience the joy of a natural birth, but decided to go with what made the most sense for her,” the friend reveals.
Though she had reportedly prepared for 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 a natural birth, she went ahead with plans for 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.”
But it sounds like fiancé Eric Johnson, 32, is helping to calm her nerves.
“Eric is a calming force for Jessica,” the friend continues. And 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 adds.