On August 26th, Laila Ali, 30, and her husband, retired NFL star Curtis Conway celebrated the arrival of their first child together.
“If all these other women have been able to do it, then so can I,” Laila told OK magazine of motherhood. “I have never been afraid that parenthood was going to be too much for me.”
Indeed, as a new mom to Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr., she’s now experiencing the happiest “challenge” of her life.
That’s not to say it was easy. Though she had been planning a home birth, complications forced her to deliver at a hospital instead. Laila, who had a complicated pregnancy, said:
“The doctor thought that the baby might have a growth restriction. [During checkups] they measure the baby’s head, his abdomen and his legs. Sometimes, when the baby is not getting enough nutrients, the abdomen will be smaller because the organs aren’t really needed yet, but the head and legs will keep growing. When I got to 39 weeks, they said, “I think we should go ahead and take the baby out,” because he wasn’t getting 100 percent of his nutrients. That was hard, too, because I didn’t want to be induced. You can plan all you want, but things happen!”
After 15 hours of labor, her healthy son arrived, weighing in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces.
“He’s brought a lot of joy to my life,” Laila said.