Ireland Baldwin Upacks All the Things That Make Pregnancy ‘Hard & Scary’

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Ireland Baldwin is getting honest about her pregnancy journey so far—and all the ways it’s been harder than she expected

If there’s one thing we know about pregnancy, it’s the the experience will never be exactly the same for two different people. For as much as some people talk about pregnancy being an easy, joyful time, there are just as many people who struggle through it—and Ireland Baldwin just opened up about being one of those people.

In a lengthy and raw post on Instagram, Baldwin got real about all the things that have made pregnancy “hard and scary” for her.


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“Pregnancy is hard,” she wrote. “It takes so much out of you. I wasn’t ready for that.”

Baldwin also got candid about how her difficult family relationships throughout her life are some of the things adding challenges to her pregnancy.

“I’ve always wanted a baby with the right person,” she wrote. “I grew up with a very jaded perception of what love really looked like and I always wanted to have a child of my own with someone who would treat us right and love us unconditionally.”

Later in the post, she added, “It’s hard not being really close to family to begin with because they live far or are idiots that I want nothing to do with. It’s hard seeing other people go through this and have their parents close by.”

Baldwin’s parents, Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, split up in 2001, kicking off a heated, four-year custody battle. It often played out in the press, like in 2007, when reporters got ahold of a voicemail Alec left for Ireland, then just 11 years old, calling her “a rude, thoughtless, little pig.”

In her Instagram post, she also opened up about health anxiety, and how triggering pregnancy can be for that.

“I underestimated just how hard pregnancy would be on my mind and my body,” she wrote.

Baldwin is expecting her first child with musician RAC, whose real name is André Allen Anjos. The two of them live together in Gearhart, Oregon. Despite the struggles she’s experiencing, Baldwin praised RAC in her post, and ended it on a positive note.

“Even through all of this, none of this reflects how excited I am to be a mom,” she wrote. “All of this is worth it but it’s ok to admit how hard and scary it all can be. You are not alone.”

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