I 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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