Actress Christina Applegate gave birth to little Sadie Grace just three weeks ago and says the experience was intensely joyful and profoundly painful.
In her first broadcast interview since the birth, Applegate told Ellen DeGeneres that her labor "was about 18 hours." She added, "I had my plan. Plans are a big joke, you know, [mine] was to have an epidural but I didn't react to it well."
"I didn't like it. I didn't like the feeling of numbness. I didn't like it. 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."
"It was profound. It was profound pain. And then that happens (pointing to photo of daughter). Just that moment, pulling her out and I dropped my gown which I don't do. This part of my body (her chest) is very private to me."
The actress had a double mastectomy after suffering from breast cancer in 2008 and discovering she carries the BRCA1 mutation. While she is now cancer-free, her breasts remain a source of uncomfortable introspection.
"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 her out and I just tore that thing [gown] off. There's a room full of people that I don't know. Nurses and doctors. And she and I just laid there. It was the best thing that's ever happened to me."
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