Megan Fox on giving birth: “screaming for an epidural” on the way to the hospital

Megan Fox was doing the press circuit for This is 40 when the topic of her birth experience with her son, Noah, came up. Megan gave birth on September 27 and she was pretty candid about the fact that it was not the easiest experience for her. Megan told Access Hollywood that after her water broke, in the car on the way to the hospital, she was in so much pain she was “screaming for an epidural.” Megan, you need to wait until you’re at the hospital for that, it’s not like an epi-pen shot you can self-inject. I jest, she’s just telling a self deprecating story, which is a change for her since she’s usually trashing someone else. Here’s more:

Megan Fox gave birth to baby Noah in September, and the “This is 40” actress said it was a lot harder than she expected.

“I was screaming for an epidural when [Brian Austin Green] was driving me to the hospital because my water broke on its own and I was immediately — it was level orange alert pain,” Megan told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson on Monday at the “This Is 40” film junket.

‘”Cause it’s scary,” Megan’s funny “This is 40” co-star Chris O’Dowd chimed in.

“It… can’t be anything because it hurts so bad,” Megan said. “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!”

But she did try to look her best, despite the pain.

“I had wet hair so I was trying to blow dry my hair before I went to the hospital because I didn’t want to go to the hospital with wet hair,” she laughed.

Megan said parenthood is tough, but she has found a new level of happiness with her son.

“It’s exhausting, but it’s amazing and you can’t, until you have kids, you can’t imagine how much you could possibly love a human being,” she said. “It’s really intense and really overwhelming and amazing.

“He’s super cute,” she added.

“Yeah, I heard,” Chris chimed in. “Of course, he’s gorgeous… I don’t know…

“I mean, I have an Xbox, I get it,” he added, trying to relate to the joys of having a child.

[From Access Hollywood via Us Weekly]

How hilarious was Chris O’Dowd’s comment that he “gets it” because he has an X-Box? My kid is eight now and Chris may indeed “get” part of the experience of having an eight year-old boy. We love our X-Box.

In terms of Megan’s birth experience, it’s different for every woman, etc, but I had something similar happen in that the experience was way more intense than I was expecting. It didn’t get super difficult for me until I had to push, which is right around when my water broke. I guess the contractions are more intense after your water breaks, is that true? I tried to Google it, and that seems to be the consensus.

For all the crap that Megan Fox spouts, this wasn’t bad. Is motherhood going to make her more tolerable? She’ll have better stories to tell and she won’t be so focused on being shocking to get headlines. People love a good baby story.

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  1. brin says:

    I like her and I think she will be a good mother (with some good stories).

  2. Agnes says:

    I hear her. My water broke on it’s own too, bit the super intense pain didn’t start until like 15 hours later for me. And when it did, I needed an epidural RIGHT NOW. haha. I also went into it thinking that I could take labor without an epidural. The pain was so intense, and so the only thing I could concentrate on, that I gave up my “no painkillers” stance rather quickly. 🙂

    • Agnes says:

      Stupid autocorrect – “on its own”.

    • Miffy says:

      I like this, what a refreshing change from those obnoxious VS models who apparently can just sneeze babies out while in the tub. Fair play, Megan Fox.

      I recently found my ‘birth plan’ and had a good old laugh at it. The line ‘as natural as possible if not totally pain-killer free’ had me in stitches. After my first contraction I wanted my money back from all those stupid yoga and meditation classes.

      • Agnes says:

        i know! the birth plan. ah, the hubris of the uninitiated. haha

        well played indeed, megan. (my husband works with a dude whose wife gave birth in the hot tub with the family in the tub with her. they had to hang up signs about it in the neighborhood so that people wouldn’t think someone is being murdered. give me an epidural in a hospital any time over that, haha!)

      • Sweetpotato says:

        I have YET to hear a woman claim that meditation/yoga/breathing classes actually helped her in the throes of labor. I know plenty of women who went the natural route and they pretty much concur: “yeah, that all goes out the window when $hi+ gets real.”

        I wanted my money back too. 🙂

      • Bodhi says:

        I followed my natural birth plan 100% & never once thought about drugs. My son was born in a birthing tub & it was an amazing experience.

        Yeah, a lot of women change their minds & want drugs, but not all of them.

      • Miffy says:

        My sister-in-law swears by meditation exercises and she’s had three babies, two completely naturally. However, I’m apparently not on the same wavelength, my one and only labour experience was as drug-free as the original Woodstock and I think the inventor of the epidural deserves sainthood.
        To each their own!
        Also, Agnes: your neighbours sound… fun?

  3. Esmom says:

    Chris O’Dowd can come play our Xbox anytime!

    My labor started with my water breaking and it took a few hours for the contractions to become truly painful. Plenty of time to have the epidural ready to go. The near-immediate relief is amazing.

    Plus I had an experimental walking epidural with my first one, so I could move around if I wanted to.

  4. Amelia says:

    Well, it’s certainly several degrees better that Miranda Kerr’s I’m-so-holistic-epidurals-are-evil stories.
    If I ever have kids I’m totally going for an epidural. Had two before, one was terrible (sub-dural puncture) the other was perfect.

    • j.eyre says:

      I asked for an epidural that day I found out I was pregnant. Apparently they make you wait until labor to get one, sadistic MFs.

      • Steph says:

        Haha, nice. I wish I was more prepared for how much it would hurt. I did not think it would be nearly as bad as it was. I had quit smoking while pregnant, and haven’t smoked since giving birth (except occasionally when drinking) but I smoked a cigarette between yells on he way to the hospital, with my dad driving…good times. My mom had all 3 of us naturally, and doesn’t act like it was a big deal, but practically cries when she stubs her toe, it’s just different for everyone.

    • Amanda says:

      I’m not even sure if an epidural would be an option for me if I have kids one day because I had spinal fusion surgery. I might have to look into alternatives.

  5. amanda says:

    1. Stop trashing directors that give you jobs. (check)
    2. Stop jacking and botoxing the beautiful face. (check)
    3. Have a baby, don’t give it an obnoxious name and don’t talk about how easy the whole thing is, thereby alienating millions of women. (check)
    4. Be cast in an Apetow film, going from hot hot to funny hot. (check)

    By golly, this girl has a comeback plan and it just might work.

    • valleymiss says:

      I hope it does. Something about Megan is really appealing to me. Maybe it’s has lack of filter and the fact that we’ve never seen pics of her stumbling out of a club at 2am…

  6. Eleonor says:

    She comes out like a real person, not like someone who’s telling you what’s wrong (like Gisele or Goop). Kudos to her, and her new pr machine.

    • Tuxedo Cat says:

      I know!! Gisele was the worst!! She made it sound as if they just fall out or something.

      I don’t think a person should try to scare people, but at least be honest about it. There’s no way a first child especially is without pain or discomfort.

      Gisele totally sounded as if she was trying to be superior to the rest of womankind.

  7. call_in says:

    Well, in the very least I’m loving her hair color. That slight ombre really suits her.

  8. Jessie says:

    I had two blissfully pain free labours (my first was preemie and it was very quick, my second was an emergency c section because my water broke and he was breech, so they knocked me out with general anesthetic). So I thought I’d be ok to do a “regular” labour for my third child. Like hell I was! My water broke, but I had TEN hours of painful contractions. And I had NO epidural, not by choice (I had back surgery when I was a teenager for scoliosis, and because of the way the rods were placed on my spine an epidural was a no go).

    I do sympathise with Megan about the wet hair though, I washed my hair and dried/straighten it before I went in because I didn’t want to go in looking a mess. Lol

  9. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Kind of off topic, but something about her husband bugs me…like he just does not appear he would be that sweet. Just MHO though…he could be the kindest hubbby in the world. And, she looks more well-rested than him!

  10. Nan209 says:

    Egads! There is a reason I have only one child, actually there are many reasons, but the first reason began with labor and the difficulties I had birthing my big beautiful son (he’s 14 now and 6’4″). I had a difficult pregnancy and birth – that was enough for me…no mulligans.

  11. Christina says:

    ”People love a good baby story.”

    Do they?

    Maybe it’s just me but I roll my eyes every time I hear the latest Z-lister droning on about her ‘birth experience’. Just seems narcissistic to me, given that somewhere on earth, at least one woman will have given birth by the time I finish writing this sentence.

    • Whatever says:

      Me too. I don’t really give a sh-t. I’d rather here her talk about films.

    • Emily says:

      Seriously. I’m glad that she’s happy (if she is) but I’m incredibly sick of these celebrity women acting like their job is men and babies. It’s not. It’s acting. Tell me about your movies and about the Hollywood business.

      If I want to hear about babies, I’ll go to Facebook. I haven’t visited Facebook in months because I’m likely to get ambushed with pictures of baby poop.

      Also, all this “I’m so in love with my baby OMG so perfect my life is perfect now and it wasn’t before!” bs makes it significantly harder for women who do not feel that way. Who either love their kid, but love other people more, and therefore feel like monsters — lots of people aren’t baby people, and don’t start to get over the moon for their kids until later. Or maybe their main love isn’t parenting. Or, worst of all, they have PPD and are made to feel like monsters because of it.

      • Steph says:

        So people shouldn’t talk about how much they love their kids as to not make others feel inadequate, or in case someone may have ppd? Ok.

      • Bodhi says:

        I had really bad PPD for the first 8 months of my son’s life. It was honestly the worst 8 months of my life & I HATED hearing people gush about how in love they were with their kids from day one.

        But some people are like that. Some people (men & women) are completely & irrevocably fulfilled when they have kids & they shouldn’t have to keep it to themselves just because other people don’t feel the same way.

        Sure, celebs love to shill the happy family trope, but there really are people who really are over the motherfucking moon about their new kids & they shouldn’t be made to feel bad about it.

        People shouldn’t have to apologize for loving their children & nor should they apologize for proclaiming their love.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I don’t want children, and I’m still young so that although some of my friends have started having babies most have not.
    I had an accident recently and felt completely ridiculous discussing pain and recovery with those friends who have given birth, for no matter how difficult my situation was, surely it could not compare not giving birth, RIGHT?
    And mothers don’t spend the first 3 months complaining about the recovery – they complain about the exhaustion instead (in my experience).
    Either way, I just felt like the women who had given birth knew real pain. I imagine that afterwards it’s much worse. Unless yo are like like Kourtney Kardashian and you pull that baby out in two minutes – so , so unfair to women who have two days of labor.

    • TQB says:

      you are kind to feel that way, but truthfully, I was in labor for 33 hours and I have the memory of it being the worst pain of my entire life, but I can’t really remember the pain. It’s like it hurts in a place and in a way that you can’t connect with when you aren’t pregnant anymore. And then the baby comes out and it really is just gone. I mean, sure there is some soreness in the obvious place, but the overwhelming pain in labor isn’t that. (I’m trying not to be too graphic at 10 am here.)

      What I’m trying to say is that injury pain is much different, and the fact that it is prolonged and has to heal is more difficult to deal with than labor, in my opinion. Labor is a natural process (regardless of what you choose to do to cope with it) and your body recovers from it in an amazing way – it’s not like an injury. I still remember the 4 days of headaches following my sinus surgery many years as way worse than labor.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        It’s refreshing to see ladies not being smug about labour. I was in a car accident when I was eleven and was on the receiving end of a hit and run crossing the street to school (Worst.Birthday.Ever). But you all the type of woman who has suffered traumas and indignities that make Darfour look like the Winter Palace. I’m not saying that I win at pain, that would be silly, but what was even sillier was enduring a gaggle of women constantly say, ‘Well, at least you weren’t giving birth’. Ding Dang, happy ‘Sweet Sixteen’ to me, and what does my scar tissue have to with your solipsism and who was even talking to you? Self-infatuation is not the best medicine, you troll bitch from Hell. At least you got a baby out the ordeal, all I got was years of physio, chronic pain and a limp. If the positions were reversed, I’d rightfully be told that I was being ‘so tacky’ because it would be tacky. What, am I supposed to apologize for something?

    • Emily says:

      Yeah, it can in fact compare with giving birth. I had 10-level pain from rupturing multiple discs two years ago. One more ounce and I’d have passed out. It is not possible to have more pain than I had there and sustain consciousness.

      I also think things like a gut wound, losing a limb without anasthetic, and a heart attack are worse than most labor pain, which is different for every woman. My mother was in labor for 20 hours, no drugs but Tylenol, terrible screaming pain, and she hated pregnancy and labor so much she never wanted another kid. And she has migraines that she says are worse.

      • Bodhi says:

        I am cursed with chronic migraines & I also think that they were worse than a drug-free labor.

        Chronic migraines are debilitating to mind blowing extent.

    • Wren says:

      Every birth experience is different but I had gall stones and pancreatitis and that was far worse than my 24 hr labour. I rang my husband in complete agony telling him I was going to die – I had never experienced that level of pain before. With labour, I knew it would end at some point, it made it easier to cope with…

  13. Meagan says:

    I love how she admits that this is her first time parenting and that she had no idea what she was getting into, sort of threw BAG and his pretending he is anymore then an normal every other weekend dad under the bus. I do appreciate her using her own kid to improve her imagine and admitting to not having any part in raising her step kid other then being a fun loving support person take a lesson Gisele and Leanne, respect that the bio moms are doing the raising and you see them every other weekend! Also I agree with another poster about BAG, something about him seems creepy and if he holds true to form he’ll dump Megan in a year. I admit though I am not hating Megan as much now I just pity her.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      Well, to be fair, a newborn is MUCH different. BAG’s son was older when she came into the picture and she never had to experience that newborn stage. My ex’s sons both lived with us, so my first experience as a “mom” was with toddlers. It was nothing like taking care of a newborn, and I found out the difference when my daughter was born. But maybe I’m just projecting my own experience on her comments and am taking them a different way.

      • Richard says:

        Except BAG’s kid doesn’t live with them and she admitted as much until she needed him to fix her image after hitler gate so it’s nice to hear her say in multiple interviews now that she hasn’t been raising a child! She was getting to Giselle and Leanne offensive using another woman’s child with staged photo ops to repair her image so admitting now that she wasnt raising or parenting him but seeing him every other weekend and is now a parent as given me some respect for her. Trust me when BAG dumps her in a year and tries to pass off his new piece as a major part of Noah’s upbringing she isn’t going to like it and I think she realizes that and is correcting past comments, that admitadly could have been taken out of context.

  14. Lucky Charm says:

    My water never broke with either of my kids, the Dr. had to break it both times. And the labor progressed so quickly with my first, they told me it was too late to give me an epidural, even though I really wanted one. Those birthing classes didn’t come close to helping me understand how intense it can be, lol!

  15. Bobbie says:

    It is way worse after your water break usually. I agree with Meghan. I had four kids- two pain free and two “natural.” Damn. I remember the most with my second when my doctor said it was too late for drugs. I waited too long at home! That was a horrible moment. And the hour that followed was worse. So painful! They come out one way or another, beautiful and perfect. It’s much easier with drugs, I tell you.

  16. Megan says:

    Don’t like the dress

  17. Relli says:

    OMG ME TOO! Jeez I never thought i would say that about Megan Fox!

    My MIL had 6 all vaginal and no drugs. YEAH.

    She totally gave me crap for taking drugs but i didn’t care. By the time my water broke I had been having contractions for 24 hours and the epidural gave me a chance to sleep for a full 8 hours before i got up to give birth/push. But she is right, I was not prepared for the immense pain of contractions or the intense love i felt for my son. It made me such a softie!

  18. shewolf says:

    I was lucky enough to labour both times with my water in tact but they both broke near the end/right before pushing. Good Lord I dont know if it was because I was at the pushing stage or because the water broke but it hurt. A lot. You can really feel an actual baby in your yoohoo because there is nothing to cushion it. If I ever have another I am praying my water never breaks until the baby is out.

  19. Bizzyb says:

    I had a “high risk” pregnancy with several things going on with my baby. I had to go to the hospital every week and do stress tests to make sure he was growing and thriving basically. And at birth there was still a 1 out of 4 chance of my boy being still born. It was quite a ride but I have a rock of a husband that got me through it. I was so scared of giving birth, but my boy was breeched and I had a C. My goodness the pain one week later. Wow. But I have my boy who is 4 now and doing amazingly well. (1 and done!)

  20. Happy21 says:

    Are those recent photos of Megan?

    If so, she looks great! Doesn’t look all plastic and fake (just a lil’)

    I’m really starting to like this girl 🙂

  21. Bodhi says:

    My son was born naturally in a birthing tub & I never once thought about drugs. Of course is hurt like hell, but I didn’t want drugs, so I didn’t have them. Most women go the (new) traditional hospital, labor on the back, have drugs route, but there are some who don’t. One of the things I heard over & over was “oh you’ll change your mind & beg for drugs” & it really pissed me off. We chose a water birth at a midwife run birth center because I wanted to avoid drugs & the hospital routine.

    The Business of Being Born is a great resource for those who are interested in something other than a hospital birth

    Like I said in a previous thread, we are lucky as hell to live in a modern medical age where we have birth choices. No mom should ever be judged for the way she gave birth, its a purely personal thing & no two people are the same.

  22. Alana Fajina says:

    Aww, this is what I was waiting for with her. Good job/luck Megan! 🙂

  23. j.eyre says:

    I fall a little more in love with Chris O’Dowd with each passing interview…

  24. Hazel says:

    Midwife here, the waters can act as a cushion on the cervix during labour. Once the waters a broken the cushion is gone and its just bony head on the cx – in my experience a WHOLE lot more intense and painful. Yikes.

    Dont let doctors break your waters before they are ready to break on their own girls! Unless your having an induction.. In which case, good luck!

  25. Emily says:

    you can’t, until you have kids, you can’t imagine how much you could possibly love a human being

    What a load of…

    Maybe it’s true for her. I don’t know, every single Hollywood mother says this, it’s their script. I doubt every single one feels this way. Because every single parent does not feel this way. You can be an excellent mother without putting your child at the center of your universe. And being a mother does not automagically make you a loving mother.

    Also, I find it really insulting to say that people who don’t have children can’t feel amazing, transcendant, more-than-anything love. We can and do. Maybe in Hollywood, where romantic relationships are cheap and everyone seems to cheat on everyone else, it’s more true than for the rest of us. But then I think of the mess that most Hollywood families seem to be. Why do we listen to them about any kind of relationship at all? They’re worse at it than the rest of us!

    • Becky1 says:

      Yes, I find those kind of statements insulting, too. No, I haven’t had kids and I don’t completely understand the overwhelming maternal love because I haven’t personally felt it but that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand it from an intellectual perspective. To indicate that those of us without kids are completely ignorant to that kind of love is ridiculous. I’m thankful that the majority of my friends with kids don’t make statements like that to me.

    • Sweetness says:

      I have to say that it was true for me too, and it knocked me on my ass because I didn’t believe it could be true before I had a kid. I’m sure she was talking about herself and not about every single woman or mother in the world. There are many different kinds of love – love you feel for your parents, for a partner, for a friend, for a beloved pet, etc, and love you feel for your child is just that, a different kind of love that you can’t experience unless you have a child. You can’t compare it, it’s just apples and oranges.

  26. Mo says:

    of course giving birth is a painful thing, but it’s all worth it once you have your baby boy or baby girl in your arms.


  27. katie says:

    I like Megan. I think we’d be friends in real life. I’d definitely tell her to lay off the botox. Her forehead looks weird.