Friday, July 17, 2009
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.
Posted by Michelle at 7:57 AM