An epidural is a form of pain management that can deaden the pain in a woman’s lower body. It’s administered through a needle placed in her back. But just because you have an epidural doesn’t mean you’ll have no feeling. Some women have uneven numbing in their legs, others can still lift their legs and lower body, others have feeling in their legs but none in their stomachs. Talk to your doctor if you feel a lot of contraction pain, but you don’t have to be completely numb for the epidural to work.