Experiencing your pregnancy in front of the public eye can be difficult, especially if it's your first child. While some celebrities may make it seem as though they had a flawless delivery, others are more willing to open up about the difficulties of labor. For example, Megan Fox recently sat down with talk show host Jay Leno and opened up about how painful giving birth to her son was.
ABC News reported that Fox said she felt as though she was going to give birth to a "vampire baby" because the pain was so intense.
"I thought I was going to be tough and the nurses would be like, 'She's a warrior princess. She doesn't need an epidural. She's amazing. We're such big fans.'" Fox said, according to ABC News. "As soon as I got out of the car, I was already crying for an epidural. I was asking the security guard for an epidural."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 61 percent of women use an epidural during pregnancy, so it's no surprise that even the stars turn to this method for pain relief.
The National Institutes of Health states that an epidural is generally safe. However, some women choose not to have this form of pain relief because they are concerned about the potential effects that it could have on their baby. Most studies have shown that an epidural is safe for a baby, so if you want to use this option you should talk to your doctor and determine what is best for you. Side effects of an epidural include difficulty urinating and a drop in blood pressure. However, you can talk to your doctor about your risk of experiencing these complications.