'I really enjoyed it': Kristen Bell dishes on her love for epidurals

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By Chris Serico

From shin-lengthening to online shopping, Kristen Bell said she considered lots of options while recovering from the December birth of her second daughter, Delta Bell Shepard.

A month and a day after Bell's husband Dax Shepard appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to offer light-hearted takes on the "difficult" C-section birth of their second daughter, it was the actress' turn to tell DeGeneres delivery-room tales. As it turns out, Bell said, Shepard was being "very dramatic," and it wasn't all that bad — at least while the epidural lasted.

"As someone who has never experimented with drugs, I really enjoyed it," said Bell, prompting laughter from DeGeneres' studio audience. "It was kind of a wonderful experience for me. While they were doing it, I actually thought, like, 'What else could we get done down there? Maybe lengthen the shins?' I’ve always wanted to be like 5'7". Just anything to keep the epidural flowing."

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That feel-good feeling, however, wouldn't last.

"About six or seven hours later, I’m sitting in my hospital bed, and I say to Dax, 'Well, I think the epidural has finally worn off.'" Bell said. "And he looks over and I am scratching holes in my face like a meth addict. And I’m like, 'I think it might be time to re-up, I don’t know, 'cause it’s definitely worn off.'"

Bell said a dose of Benadryl made her feel more relaxed. Maybe a little too relaxed. Not only would the actress take long pauses between her words — "I would just [zone] out" — but the dosage also came with another unusual habit: online shopping.

"Do you know what looks really good when you’re on that stuff? Hand bags — or throw pillows or rugs," Bell said. "A picture of a throw pillow was as mind-blowing as seeing 'The Matrix' for the first time."

Aside from recovering from medications, Bell's been busy since leaving the hospital, caring for the 7-week-old Delta and her 22-month-old sister, Lincoln.

"This feels like a vacation, coming here," Bell told DeGeneres. "It really does. Everyone here speaks in full sentences, and no one's asked me to wipe their buns — yet."

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This article was originally published Feb. 16, 2015 at 2:31 p.m. ET.