28667 postsback to top
Posted 8 months ago
Oh, Poop! – The Scoop on Poop during Labor
Thursday, July 4th, 2013 f Oh, admit it! As you approach late pregnancy (or maybe even earlier) you have worried that the unthinkable, most embarrassing thing in the entire world (might) happen during labor and delivery. You have lain in bed at night worried that you might poop on the doctor while you are pushing. Right!?! Right.
It’s one of the most common yet least discussed concerns of pregnant woman around the world. Will you poop on the doctor during labor? And if you do, how will you survive this utter embarrassment? Even more important, is this a real worry?
The reality is that if you have vaginal delivery, there is a pretty good chance that you may push out a little bit of feces along the way. Many women, right before labor, have diarrhea which is the body’s natural way of eliminating, so that you will not have a full digestive tract come delivery time. Even so, as you are bearing down and pushing, poop may present itself. Here is another reality. Nobody cares!
The doctor is not going to stop what he or she is doing and vomit because you oozed a little feces. There will be no, “Oh no she DID NOT just poop on me while my face and hands were near her vagina,” from any doctor who is in the labor and delivery business. If you do poop, you won’t even know it, because the doctor or nurses will simply wipe it all away and move on. For them, it is just par for the course.
And, if you DO poop a little, it probably means that you are pushing properly when the doctor tells you to bear down and push. So expelling gas, or feces, means you are doing it right. Go you!
Of course, it’s normal to worry about all sorts of things that may or may not happen during labor and delivery. The day you deliver your baby is one of life’s huge unknowns, and one that you will spend quite a bit of time thinking about (and obsessing over). Even so, save yourself some stress and don’t worry about the small stuff. Considering the predicament that you will be in, and the things you will say and do – and the position you will labor in – you will realize that modesty is not invited into the delivery room. Trust me (and any other mom who has been there); the only thing you will be thinking about during labor and delivery is your baby (and perhaps what the heck you were thinking when you decided to have a baby). Once you see, hear, smell, and touch your baby – everything you ever worried about before fades quickly to a distant memory.