Life is good for Spelling: she and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, welcomed their first son, Liam Aaron, on March 13 and the "90210" alum recently reconciled with her mother, Candy, after months of estrangement.
The magazine reports that Spelling's water broke 15 days earlier than expected and her doctor had to induce labor, but she held out as long as she could for an epidural.
"As foolish as this sounds now, I wanted to feel how bad it would hurt. But I think I let the pain go on a little too long before I got the epidural," she says.
During the 17-hour labor, the infant's heartbeat began to drop, so the actress' doctor, Dr. Jason Rothbart — who also delivered Angelina Jolie's baby, Shiloh — explained he needed to perform a C-section.
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"I asked Dr. Rothbart if he'd do a good job, and he said, 'Well, Angelina didn't complain.' So I was like, 'If Angelina let him do a C-section in Africa, I am OK.' I felt comforted by that," she tells Us.
The magazine reports that Spelling and her mother reconnected for the first time when Candy showed up at L.A.'s Cedars Sinai Medical Center on March 12 when Tori was going into labor.
"I'm so happy she's back in my life," she says. "Having a child puts it all in perspective. Knowing the bond I have with Liam means that I get my mom's bond with me."