In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres airing today (February 22), actress Christina Applegate details the “profound pain” she experienced during her 18 hour labor, and the emotional moment with her daughter, Sadie Grace, now 3-weeks-old, that she says is the best thing that ever happened to her.
Having undergone a double mastectomy in the summer of 2008 after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, Applegate is no stranger to pain. But the Hall Pass star tells DeGeneres that for her, an epidural was not the answer.
“I didn’t like it,” the 39-year-old actress explains. “I didn’t like the feeling of numbness….It was really creepy to me. It was too much, so we turned it off and we opted to go all the way…Feeling it all.”
After 18 long hours, little Sadie finally arrived, weighing 7 lbs., 8 oz., and at that moment, Applegate says that she surprised herself.
I dropped my gown, which I don’t do,” she reveals. “This part of my body is very private to me. That’s a real private place. A place that I don’t have a good relationship with, let’s say.
“But at that moment of pulling [Sadie] out and I just tore that thing off. There’s a room full of people that I don’t know. Nurses and doctors. And she and I just laid there,” Christina says. “It was the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”