Post # 1
A friend of mine who is due anytime now, says she will be mortify if she poops in the delivery room., She is a first time mother. I told her not to worry, the doctors and nurses are used to those things, hey things happens, not big deal(I am the mother of 3) and I did poop with the first baby. Any one have any recommendatins for my friend?
Post # 3
@brokeninnj: I think it’s something like 80% of women poop in the delivery room. The staff expects it and have lots of pads on hand to change so you don’t have to sit in it. Remind your friend that when the time comes she’ll have more important things to concentrate on than pooping. My SIL had the same fear, at first she was embarrassed when it inevitably happened, but once she came home we all had a good laugh about it.
Post # 4
@brokeninnj: If she eats nothing but clear liquids during her delivery week, she’ll be in the clear (no pun intended) (e.g. broth, jello, etc.). I had no choice because I was hospitalized the week before and they forced me, but I didn’t #2 during labor!
Post # 5
I had never thought of this until I watched The Backup Plan, and now it is a really big fear of mine. I dont even like pooping when my FI is within 20 feet of the bathroom!
Post # 6
@allyfally: dont worry about, i was is not a big deal after all, you will forget everything after you see the baby. usually after you have babies, and everybody sees you naked you dont feel so embarrased no more
Post # 7
Anytime someone rings this topic up, I tell them once you go into labor, all your shame goes out the window. You don’t care about anything other than getting the baby out!
Post # 8
I didn’t poop, but quite frankly, there’s so much stuff going on down there (for goodness sakes, they are massaging your perinium–or whatever that’s really called), that I don’t think it would have made much difference. It’s all pretty gross, and they’re all used to it. It really doesn’t deserve a second thought.
Post # 9
Lol, as they say
Sh!t happens !!
Ya it can be embarrassing…
BUT as other Bees have said
A) Not unexpected in the circumstance, and nothing that the Staff on hand haven’t seen / have happen before
B) Birth isn’t pretty… don’t let anyone tell you it is. Most of us come into this world in a messy way and go out in another messy way. Just life.
B) In the bigger scheme of things what happens on Delivery Day doesn’t matter … because in the end THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS is the birth of a NEW person.
Period. That is all.
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
@mrsmay07: I don’t necessarily agree with this. When I had my son, I remained rather private. There are certain steps you can take to reserve some…privacy…if you want. You can also take steps to reduce your embarrassment in certain areas through preparation. I don’t think shame goes out the window in all respects.
Post # 11
@brokeninnj: Yeah I pooped during one of my labours. Compared to everything that was going on (like giving a roomful of people full view of my lady parts, even if they were all medical staff except DH) it was pretty minor.
Post # 12
@brokeninnj: Thats another thing. I want my birthing experience to be as private as possible. The idea of so many people seeing me like that gives me the heeby jeebies.
Post # 13
As a labor and delivery nurse yes a majority of people poop, honesty it’s not a big deal. Part of the job I guess for me, I try to be inconspicuous about it and clean people up quickly. Also I tell my patients that if they try not to poop then they won’t be pushing correctly, there is no way you can push a baby out and hold in your poop. Not to be crude. So unless you want to push for 3-4 hours I’d just push and get it over with, we don’t care honestly!! Hope that helps 🙂 Tell her congrats it’ll be fine. She’ll be holding that sweet little baby and will forget all about pushing and labor!
Post # 14
From what I’ve heard, it’s very common and there’s not much to be done about it. It helps the baby establish bacterial colonies in their digestive tract, so it’s actually a good thing.
Post # 15
I doubt any medical professional she deals with during the pregnancy will be shocked by poop. My best friend is a paramedic, and has told me about some of the grossest, most foul types of poop he’s seen, and after dealing with it for about 12 years (high school placement, college placement, career) he’s not even phased by it, especially fairly normal poop. He, along with most othe medical pros, have a “I’ve seen worse” attitude to poop.
Post # 16
I read a birth story recently where the mother elected to have an enema before delivering. Not sure if that’s any better and probably not foolproof if you labor for a while, but at least it controls the when and location.