Christina Applegate on her 18 hour labor and miracle baby


After the people from Ellen sent us an excerpt from Christina Applegate’s interview, to air today, I thought I should pick up People and see what she had to say in her full cover story. I was reading her interview in the checkout aisle this morning and honest to God I almost started crying. I had to kind of swallow it back so I wouldn’t be blubbering there in the supermarket. Applegate repeated some of the same sentiments to Ellen that she told People, that she’s been self conscious of her chest since undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in 2008, but that all her self consciousness and bad feelings over surviving the C word melted away after she had her baby last month. Here’s what she told Ellen:

Ellen: Was it a hard labor or was it quick? Fast?
Christina: It was about 18 hours.
Ellen: That’s long.
Christina: It is long. 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.
Ellen: What are you talking about?
Christina: 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 for go all the way.
Ellen: Wow!
Christina: Feeling it all.
Ellen: How was that?
Christina: I like to say that I opted for it but they accidentally turned it off. Laughs

Ellen: Was it painful?
Christina: 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 is very private to me [her chest]…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 every happened to me.
Ellen: That’s a beautiful moment.

[From The Ellen DeGeneres show, to air 2-22-11]

The things that Applegate said in People about motherhood and how your child changes your life were universal and so heartfelt that it brings me back to that time and how special it was. It seemed to be especially meaningful to her after all she went through. Here are a few new quotes that I found touching.

I’ve been kind of sad for a long time, and she’s just opened my whole soul.”

I don’t want to live in leggings, [referring to her weight gain] but I can’t imagine working right now because I never want to leave her for the rest of my life.”

It’s a great feeling of renewal… She’s my beginning.”

It sounds over-the-top and gushing, but I get it, I really do, and I’m so happy for her and her fiance, Martyn Lenoble. He stood by her side during her cancer fight and he sounds like a doting dad too.



Cover courtesy of CoverAwards, photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    Moments like that are few and far between.. Sounds so loving and spiritual.

    Good luck to her and her baby.

  2. Racheal says:

    She’s lovely.

  3. Julia says:

    So, so happy for her!

  4. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    I felt for her when she talked about the nurses asking if she was going to breastfeed and she simply said “I chose not to” (rather then get into her mastectomy). Then, after they were informed of her condition, those nurses later went into apologize.. Both she and the nurses handled that situation with dignity.
    I wonder what would Gisele say about her not breastfeeding?

  5. Genevieve says:

    Wonderful quotes, lots of love their way! Hopefully Christina stays cancer free for many decades more.

  6. JenJen says:

    I didn’t know he has been with her since she had cancer, he sounds like a good guy. I wish them much health and happiness and her baby is precious.

  7. Fuzzy Cat says:

    Celebitchy I really like your warmhearted post 🙂

  8. Obvious says:

    I’ve always loved Christina since way back on Married With Children. I’m so happy for he and wish her and her family nothing but the best.

  9. mln76 says:

    Very sweet

  10. lilred says:

    Happy for them.

  11. normades says:

    Good for her. She so wanted that baby and so deserves it after the ordeal she went through.

  12. Bodhi says:

    Aw, what a great story! Thanks for posting it. I bet Christina will make a wonderful Mommy 🙂

  13. Syko says:

    I am so glad for the both of them. I bought the magazine too, and loved the part about how no matter which of them is holding the baby, the other is hovering close by. Made me smile.

  14. TXCinderella says:

    I bet she will be a great mother. Best Wishes to her and Martyne.

  15. Mary Jane says:

    @4. Morticians… That made me cry!

    I love Christina and wish her, Martyn, and Sadie ALL the best! We need more funny, CLASSY women like her…
    Thanks for stopping by, Christina!

  16. flourpot says:

    She is lovely. This is what a woman looks like who doesn’t screw themselves with fillers and poison. And what a sight to see. Beautiful lady.

  17. Beachi 206 says:

    I wish her all the best–she is a class act and deserves this happiness

  18. gypsy says:

    God Bless you and your family, Christina