Megan Fox's Epidural Comments Acknowledge Horribly Painful Labors -- Take That Earth Mamas!

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Megan FoxI won't lie, I've always been just a teensy bit jealous of her mainly due to her over-the-top good looks, but after hearing Megan Fox admit that she screamed for an epidural while in labor with her son, Noah, I seriously want to reach out and hug her and apologize for ever being the least bit envious.

Listening to celebrity after celebrity talk about what a picnic childbirth is and how they did it naturally and barely had any pain (I'm talking to you, Gisele) is really starting to get old. That's why it's just so refreshing to hear a famous mama speak the truth about just how bad labor hurts. (OMG. A celeb who actually feels pain! I can't believe it!)

Here's what Megan told Access Hollywood about her birth experience:

I was screaming for an epidural when Brian was driving me to the hospital because my water broke on its own. It was level orange alert pain. It hurts so bad. It was so intense. And I thought I was gonna be really tough and make it, I was gonna labor to like 8 cm ... but the first contraction that I got was horrific!

Yep -- that pretty much sums things up. Guess what, folks? Contractions hurt like hell and labor is really, really hard -- and it's ok to want, need, and literally scream your head off for an epidural.

I know I sure did. (She and I are total twinsies.)

Like Megan, I figured I'd wait as long as possible before getting an epidural, but not because I had any intention of going the natural route. (I'm not that kinda girl.)

Nope -- I was told by many people to hold off on getting an epidural too early because it would wear off, and having it wear off during the pushing part is nothing short of excruciating.

But then when I was around four centimeters and was having full-blown contractions right on top of one another, I decided I couldn't wait any longer. It was at that point the nurse informed me that the epidural would be on a drip, so I'd get a steady dose of it right up until the moment my son was born. (That info would've been much more useful a few hours earlier.)

And thanks to the pain relieving magic worked by that epidural, I was able to enjoy my son's entrance into this world instead of moaning and crying like some sort of animal. If I ever were to have another child, I'd be begging for that thing the minute I got to the hospital.

Of course, with so many celebrities choosing to forgo any sort of medication during childbirth, I think a lot of women feel like they're doing something wrong by wanting to have an epidural -- like they're taking the easy way out or something like that (which is just complete nonsense).

I hope Megan Fox realizes what a great service she's doing to other expectant moms by being honest about her birth experience, and not apologizing for choosing to go the epidural route. There's certainly nothing wrong with them, and if someone as well known as Megan isn't afraid to admit wanting one, then no pregnant woman should be.

Are you planning on having an epidural? Why or why not?

 

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proud... proudmomma6804

I've had one and I'll get another unless I get to the hospital and they tell me it's to late lol. Its my personal preference and I won't feel bad about it :)

jalaz77 jalaz77

No. But have had an epi, spinal and failed epi (thank god!!). This will be no epi. I loved the control and pushing was waaay easier. Good for her for admitting what she wanted. No shame there. As always a healthy baby was what was important. She knew what she wanted. And I have said this before, look around at other kids, can you tell which babies were epi kids and which ones were med-free kids? Nope! I will never criticize a person for wanting meds vs. no meds.

nonmember avatar Marie

I've done it both ways. For me, drug free was easier and in the end hurt less. My first I had an epidural and ended up with third degree tearing and generally felt awful. When they took the epidural out I was in agony and could barely walk. Second baby was drug free. I had second degree tearing but felt freaking fantastic. I don't know if my second birth was easier and less painful because I'd already had one, but the difference was like night and day. Yes, the contractions hurt but for me transition hurt more than the actual pushing. Either way, a healthy baby is all that matters. It's your birth experience so ask for what you want!

mnm3boys mnm3boys

I had an epi with both my boys.  With my first I tried holding off, my mom had 3 kids without an epi so I thought I could do it also big mistake but then again her longest labor was 8 hours.  I was in labor for 36 hours and I ended up getting the epi probably a little over 3 hours before my son was born and going all that time without one I don't think I could have handled labor. With my second son I didn't waste any time the minute they asked I got it and I don't regret it one bit I have 2 very healthy boys.

kelti... kelticmom

I thought I was going to be able to make it, but my son was "sunny side up" and I had horrible back labor. I caved after two hours of the worst pain in my life. Then I was able to relax and enjoy the rest of the birth.

MOMMY... MOMMY2ACR

I got one with my first about an hour after they broke my water. With my second I had them go ahead and page the anesthesiologist(?) as soon as they broke my water.

Maggie Kolb

Loved my epidurals.  Pushed three times to get my son out. I am efficient. People have to do what works for them and stuff judging others.  

nonmember avatar FarmersWife

There is no point in waiting as long as possible. That means you made it through the hardest part naturally!!!! Just when you think you can't take any more is transition. It's terrifying but that point when you 'need' an epidural IS as bad as it gets. The relief comes if you get it or not. Getting an epidural early on might help but if your planning on getting one all or nothing

JSGM83 JSGM83

No epidural for me - I didn't have one with my last baby either.  I could go on and on about my choice for a natural birth, but at the end of the day the fear of a giant needle in my back, possible complications, and temporary paralysis (or the feeling of it anyway) scared me more than the pain.  While labor was no picnic I was prepared for it and I think that helped alot.

tyrel... tyrelsmom

No epidurals for me. Had one with my second c-section that left me with a 3 month migraine. Overall, my natural births were far less pain.

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