Alyssa Milano was candid about her childbirth experience, saying it gave her flashbacks of being sexually assaulted.
During her appearance on People magazine’s “Me Becoming Mom” podcast, the former “Who’s the Boss?” and “Charmed” star detailed what she felt while in the delivery room with her oldest child, Milo, who is now 10. Milan says it triggered an “invasive” feeling that left her profoundly uncomfortable.
“I remembered at one point (while giving birth) really not enjoying the fact that lots of people had access to my vagina,” said Milano, 48. “And thinking to myself, ‘Why does— I don’t like this. Why does it feel so familiar? I’ve never had a baby before. Why does this invasive feeling feel so familiar?’ That was just a fleeting moment, a tick in time, but I didn’t forget about it.”
She goes into more detail in her new memoir “Sorry Not Sorry,” adding that therapy helped her learn why she felt so uncomfortable in the delivery room.
After going through therapy after giving birth to Milo and remembering that one moment of feeling like I was being held down and had things being done to me that I didn’t want, to me, was very reminiscent of being sexually assaulted. And so it triggered all of these memories that I thought I had dealt with.”
She continued, “I think anyone who has dealt with trauma has the moments where you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’m fine. I’ve dealt with that,’ versus the moments where you go, ‘Oh, no, I didn’t. I just tried to tuck it away so no one could see them or I couldn’t see them, or I couldn’t see them or feel them anymore.'”