Pregnant pop star Britney Spears believes she is destined to give birth by caesarean section next month (SEP05).

Spears is set to follow in the footsteps of many other celebrity mothers who opt for the birth method over the natural way.

She explains, "I have a feeling I'm going to have an operation. I don't know why.

"But I hope so. I don't want to go through the pain.

"My mom said giving birth was the most excruciating thing she's ever gone through in her life. So, if a caesarean doesn't happen, I'll be like, 'Epidural, please.'

"Hopefully my athletic abilities will take over. KEVIN (FEDERLINE) is going to hold my hand."