Why Kristen Bell ‘Really Enjoyed’ Her Epidural – Despite the Face-Scratching

02/16/2015 at 01:20 PM ET

For Kristen Bell, delivering her second daughter Delta, 7 weeks, was a beautiful experience – what she remembers of it, at least.

Bell told Ellen DeGeneres Monday that an unexpected C-section meant she needed to have an epidural: “As someone who has never experimented with drugs, I really enjoyed it,” she joked. “While they were doing it, I was thinking, ‘What else could we get done down there?’ … Anything to keep the epidural flowing.”

But flow it did not, and Bell said she started “scratching her face … like a meth addict” when the medicine began to exit her system.

Kristen Bell csection experience Ellen DeGeneres
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A nurse gave Bell, 34, some Benadryl to ease the transition back to sobriety, and the House of Lies star said the “cocktail” had some mind-altering effects: “Do you know what looks really good when you’re on that stuff? Hand bags. Or throw pillows or rugs. I was just like, ‘Internet shopping, woo!’ ”

She continued, “Thank God I didn’t remember my credit card number. So nothing bad happened, but … honestly, a picture of a throw pillow was as mind-blowing as seeing The Matrix for the first time. That’s how I felt.”

Luckily, the story has a less wacky coda, noted Bell: “I’m happy to say I’m stone-cold sober today.”

And drugs aren’t the only thing the actress is done with — after welcoming Delta and big sister Lincoln, 22 months, Bell said she and husband Dax Shepard are finished having children.

“We don’t want to be outnumbered,” she explained. “We’re gonna cap it at two.”

— Lanford Beard

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Impy on

That’s a little sad. I love seeing her pregnant. She is an absolutely adorable pregnant mama,,,,,,,,,those Christmas commercials with Dax were some of my favorite of the season. Happy babies to them though!!!

Tracy on

I love her ! So down to earth and funny.

seabot on

I don’t get how this is TMI.

Lauren! on

FINALLY! Someone that admits and favors the epidural unlike the pretentious ones that don’t prefer it. I can’t stand their holier than you attitude!

Mary on

What the heck kind of epidural drug did they give her? Most drugs used for epidurals are NOT mind or mood altering. You are simply numb from the waist down (vaginal) or chest down (c-section) and have 100% mental function. There are side affects, but ‘coming back to sobriety’ is NOT normally one of them!

Mandy on

I wish my epidural had worked! It didn’t & that was the worst pain I’ve ever had. My daughter was worth it, but I have not forgot the pain like everyone said you do.

Jo on

Epidurals and spinals simply make you numb from the stomach down. She had to be given other meds to make her feel high.

Jen on


I didn’t have any meds with either of my children. It was simply my choice. You had one? Good for you if that was your choice, but it’s a bit ironic when you call someone pretentious when you’re busy judging their choices.

I don’t care what you did or didn’t do while birthing your children.

Yasminda on

I remember feeling super itchy after having my daughter with an epidural. It was so bad I had scratch marks for days. It felt like the Benadryl took forever to work. Very happy for her and her family.

Shawna on

Mary – she was saying she reacted to the Benadryl. Some people have bad reactions to it.

Mia on

@Mary – she had to have an emergency C-Section. I’ve never had one but I’d guess that they gave her local anesthesia and some other kind of pain killers after the baby was delivered.

Viera on

I had both epidural and spinal .After the spinal my whole body was itching like crazy to the point that I had claw marks on my belly which was still numb and I didn’t feel the pain of scratching little too much .Very weird experience .They had to give me something in my IV to stop all the madness LOL

olga on