Friday, July 17, 2009

Labor and...poop?


Okay, show of hands. How many of you worry about pooping in labor? I know it's not just me.

You can admit it...I won't tell a soul. Now that's more like it.

I wouldn't mind the doctors and nurses seeing my poop, really. It's my husband. I don't want him to know I poop. Yea, like girls don't poop or something. But knowing I poop and actually SEEING me poop, ARE two different things. And since he's the one all down there helping out and stuff, he's bound to see it if I do. So YUCK.

But we have a don't ask, don't tell policy on poop in labor. I don't ask if I pooped and he doesn't tell me. We discussed this along time ago and it's working well for us.

The fact is most of us will poop in labor. My body does evacuate before labor and several times during labor, but I'm not sure if that's enough. AND I DON'T WANT TO KNOW IF IT ISN'T.

I found a really good blog article on this exact thing and really enjoyed reading it. The lady who wrote it is a labor and delivery nurse. I've read lots from her and agree with her very much. I especially like how open minded she is. Top ten dos and don'ts of pooping during labor and birth. (Catchy title, huh?)

She mentions the pressure down there (I'm saving that "A" word for another day) that feels like you really, really gotta go. Oh man, that's the worse. I've only experienced it once, thankfully. Seriously, if you've never felt that pressure, you are blessed. If you have, don't assume every birth will be like that...they are ALL different.

So tell me what you think...but you don't have to tell me if you pooped.

15 comments:

Clare said...

I wss always told that I would have to have a csection so I never had to worry about the poop thing. Hey, thank you so much for coming over to my blog. Yeah, the british press are extremely cruel especially to Madonna.

supah ~d said...

Thanks for passing through and for tallying as I'm math retarded. :)

As for the poop.
dont' care what my dh saw.
There's so much grossness.. he isn't smart enough to know what was what and besides.. he kept pretending to be looking.. like with one eye open but half squinched up. :) He was 6 beers to the wind anyways... by way of playoff hockey game. :) Wish I COULD'VE BEEN cuz I felt MORE than the need to PUSH like pooping. :) lol

feel free to come back and rubber neck a bit.. ;)
d

Jeff Johnson said...

Oh dear heavens.

The Royal Family said...

ha ha ha I love that your into anything... poop is usually only talked about in diaper form... meaning only my DD's stuff is topic for discussion.

hubs tried bringing up the topic about poop during birth once and I ended it before it began... I would rather him not think or know about if I did or will poop during labor... plenty of other things being exposed at that time... without adding to it!

Anonymous said...

It's me Anonymous. You know that post a few weeks back where you asked about how many pregnancy tests and symptoms we were feeling. (I think it was your 3 month preg post) Anyway I was the first Anon post and the 16th I think. Anyway I have to tell you **I'M PREGNANT** yay!! We're excited! I thought I wasn't, I'd done like 4 tests before and up to 4 days after my expected period. I was 6 days late and then I started what I thought was my period - turns out it was just implantation spotting as I found out an hour ago!! YAY!! just had to tell someone!!

About the poop, yup, I knew it would/could happen, I warned my husband - he doesn't/didn't care. I guess Dr. quickly covered it up when it happened in respect to me hoping my husband didn't notice. Who cares.. a healthy baby a few minutes later and no one cares how it happened!! :)

Kim said...

Ryan never mentioned it with the boys, but with Melia I know I did because she was a water birth and it floated to the top. I have a vague memory of the midwife mentioning something and the assistant taking care of it. I was slightly embarrassed but moved on quickly!

Yara said...

Hmmm... so in a water birth.....?

Rose said...

al I can say is I had 3 c- sections! Thank the lord...my hubby would not do well with poop thing...

Twisted Cinderella said...

it happened with Princess Belle. I was embarressed but the nurse just took care of it and it was no big deal at all.

Beulah said...

lol. you crack me up!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Hee hee... what a funny topic. I think I've done both... poop and not poop. But my husband strictly stays up by my shoulders. And, you're right... I wouldn't want him to see me poop. I mean, he knows I do it, but I don't want him seeing it any more than I want to see him. Yuck!

Stopping by from SITS. have a great day!

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

Oh man, this is HILARIOUS!!! I love it! Thankfully, I'm pretty sure I didn't and even if I did, I still would like to think I didn't!!!

Michelle said...

ANON! CONGRATS! WAHOO!!!

Why don't you start a blog? Hehehe. Let me know the address!

Tara said...

Before giving birth, I wasn't really aware of the whole "pooping during labor" thing. I mean, I read "What to expect when you're expecting" and talked with my midwives, but I just assumed I would go to the bathroom during labor and not have to worry about it during the birth. After I gave birth to my first one, I was on the phone with my best friend (who just recently found out she was pregnant, so she had tons of questions). I remember telling her, "And I think I pooped during the pushing because I remember feeling someone (a nurse) wipe my butt." My friend was horrified...she asked if I was horrified. I told her, "Look, I just pushed a 7 pound, 15 ounce person through my VAGINA...I had more important things on my mind." I also informed her that my LDR room was standing room only (who knew there were so many nurses and people on hand for this moment?), so there was no attempt at modesty. I was exposed for all to see and there was quite a crowd!

Michelle said...

OH TARA, standing room only...my biggest fear. I banish everyone from the room. LOL