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Shay Mitchell Gives Birth To A Baby Girl And Posts Sweet Photo

She made the announcement on Instagram.

That Baby Mama Dance must have worked!

Canadian TV Star Shay Mitchell, who was expecting her first child with Canadian TV personality Matte Babel, has given birth to a baby girl. Mitchell made the announcement Sunday evening on Instagram, along with a sweet photo of her holding her new baby’s hand.

“Never letting go...” the 32-year-old wrote.

On Monday, in a video posted to YouTube, Mitchell revealed some details from her labour and delivery. Her water broke at home, she went straight to the hospital because the pain was so intense, she was eventually induced with pitocin after about 17 hours of labour, she got an epidural after about 23 hours of labour, and baby was finally born after about 33 hours of labour.

“Oh, it’s so crazy,” Mitchell said while weeping after she finally delivered her baby girl.

“We thought being pregnant was a journey. I’m realizing we’ve just begun,” she added in a voiceover.

Mitchell, best known for her role in “Pretty Little Liars,” was born in Mississauga, Ont. She announced she was pregnant in June with an Instagram pic of her pregnant physique. The announcement surprised her fans, since she waited six months to post her news with Babel (a music manager), with whom she has been in a relationship for a few years.

The pair revealed the sex of their baby in July, via a gender reveal that involved pink and blue Power Rangers duking it out (pink won).

The YouTube video, which has been viewed nearly seven million times, is titled “Do NOT try this gender reveal at home.”

The baby’s name hasn’t been revealed yet (although in September, Mitchell said she already had the perfect name picked out).

During her pregnancy, Mitchell has starred in a YouTube series called “Almost Ready,” that documented everything from her admission that she wears adult diapers to Babel’s unwelcome opinions on epidurals (for what it’s worth, Babel wore a shirt that said “No ovaries. No opinion” during Mitchell’s birth).

Most recently, Mitchell posted a video called “Baby Mama Dance” that showed her creative attempt to induce labour.

“I’m officially overdue and trying everything ... dancing, extra-spicy Prince Street pizza, turmeric ice cream (although Matte seems to be having more of it than I do). If the Baby Mama Dance won’t work, what will??” she wrote in the video’s description.

Maybe that’s what finally did it! Congrats on your new babe, Shay and Matte. We can’t wait to see the videos you post about life with a newborn.

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