Everybody Poops??

United States
June 16, 2008 6:17pm CST
Ok ladies this may be a little too much TMI, but I'd like to know how many of you have had experienced the worst fear I have...pooping while delivering your child. I'm due to give birth in 2 weeks and I think I'm more worried about this than some of the other, more painful aspects of childbirth. It may sound petty or childish but I would be very embarrased. I've already been reassured by my doctor that it happens all the time, but I'd like to hear your real life experiences and if it was truly as mortifying as I imagine it to be.
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26 responses
• Canada
16 Jun 08
I couldn't imagine why it's scaring you so much. There's already going to be a lot of blood and other birth stuff happening down there anyway. "One more thing" shouldn't be that embarassing.
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• Australia
17 Jun 08
You are right, poo is the least of your worries!
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
16 Jun 08
as far as i know i didn't. if i did i was numb from the epidural and didn't feel it happen. either way i wouldn't worry about it. and while you are giving birth you won't be thinking about it anyways. trust me, when labor starts all your thoughts will go to getting that baby out of you.
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• United States
16 Jun 08
congrats on your up coming bundle of joy. I did not poop during delivery but then again I stay constipated so maybe I could not have even if I had wanted to lol. Try not to worry to much about it because I am sure that if it happens the doctors and nurses have seen it all. Once your new baby is in your arms you probably won't give any mishaps to much thought any way. The most embarrassing thing that happened to me was having to pee in a bed pan and it almost over flowing because no one would dump it for me and I could not hold it until someone did so it almost over flowed. I was not a happy camper with my husband at that time because he would not help me out. Once my baby was there it was no longer important to me what had happened earlier in the delivery room. Best wishes to you and your soon to be new arrival.
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• United States
16 Jun 08
I wish you could hear me chuckling and commiserating with you at the same time. I have had this experience, and believe me when I say... You won't even know you did it! It is a natural occurrence to pushing as hard as we must to give birth to our children. No one in the delivery room will notice, comment or cause you to feel embarrassment in anyway. Most of all, you will be so happy and feel so blessed by the birth of your child, that it won't even be a thought on your mind at that time in your life. Stop worrying :) It will all be okay!
@eleache (83)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Congrats sweetie!!! I pooped while giving birth to my son...It happens...how could it not, you are pushing soo hard to get that baby out of you...but when the time comes trust me, you wont even care...and you wont even know. The only thing you will be concerned about is getting the baby out..that is all you want to do. It was my first, and I had mixed emotions of wonderment, and fear of something bad going on....like a cesarean... not saying anything is wrong with that, but me personally I did everything in my power not to have a cesarean, and didn't, I ended up going all the way fully natural. But I will have to admit, that, that is only because the 4 times the anesthesiologist attempted to administer an epidural it didn't work, and he even tried to do a spinal tap on me, which didn't work either only because I have a vast amount of scar tissue in my back from surgery because of my scoliosis. So it was all natural baby.... and you feel nothing when the delivery process begins, cept the contractions, but when it gets to that point...you will love the contractions cuz they help you, they really do...so feeling everything is a totally different experience, cept when the doctor sews you back up from the episiotomy..ugh...that is the only thing that really hurt after the contractions. I didnt even feel the dr cut me. So it is true you really dont feel anything cuz your body naturally goes numb from the waist down during delivery...
• Canada
18 Jun 08
It is really hard to tell you to not worry about something you fear might be very embarassing. So I am not going to do that. Usually as prep for giving birth your body will naturally rid itself of what is in the bowels. I believe that most places no longer do the enema, due to cut backs. But if this is something that is a genuine concern for you, you can buy enema's at your local pharmacy, to have on hand for when you go into labour. You can give it to yourself, or have your hubby assist if you need help. This can also speed up the process of labour, because alot of times a full bowel can restrict the uterus' ability to contract successfully. Now let me reassure you, that with everything that is going on down there, you will not even notice if you do poo on the table, and if you do poo they will simply wisk it away without another thought these people have seen everything, they will not have a bad reaction, as it is par for course. If it is something that you are going to be nervouse about though I suggest talking to your doctor and informing them of this fear, and asking about making a note for you to be given an enema upon arrival to the hospital. This way you will be more relaxed during labor and if you can be more relaxed about labor things will go easier on you as you will not be worrying. Best of luck to you sweetie, I am sure you will do just fine!
@lightningd (1041)
• United States
18 Jun 08
It happens. It's no big deal. The doctors and nurses don't give it a second thought. It happened with my first, and I was like.. "oh god, I am poopin" the doctor just said "Its fine don't worry about that, keep pushin"... it was never mentioned again!!! I honnestly don't remember if it happened with my second one, because I didn't give it another thought after the first child. I took it as natural process. You're pushing for all your worth.. stuff is gonna come out. Don't fret it... funny things about babies.. they wash.... reminds me of a story though.. The father of my children had one child with his first wife before me. A girl. Her mom left her in the care of her father for an afternoon. Told him to check on her after her nap, change her ect. Well she had her nap, woke up and was playing quietly in her crib, he checked on her a few times,,, she was fine... when her mother got home, she found daughter 9 months old at the time, covered head to toe in poop, along with the walls, crib, sheets everything!!! Her quiet playing included reaching into her diaper for finger painting supplies!!!! Just like dirt.. it all comes out in the wash!!!
18 Jun 08
congratulations on your pregnancy, not long to go now... please dont worry about pooping, even if you did you wouldnt care and will probably forget about it once you have your baby, i have had 4 babies and have never been given an emema before... there is so much blood and gore it really does not matter, and your midwife will have seen it happen mamy times before, enjoy the last few weeks of your pregnancy....good luck..xx
@mizcash (686)
• Canada
18 Jun 08
Oh my goodness this is just too funny because I too pooped with my first child and I foubd so embrassing, I still remember the pain but i REMEMBER THE POOPIUNG ALSO. With my second daughter I did not poop, thank God. I could not take another incident but think of it as one of thosr incident in life that you will look back at and laugh
@celticeagle (121017)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Jun 08
You will be busy. The nurses are there to take care of you. If this should happen you will live throught it. They will take care of you. Just try to drink liquids and not eat before it is time. Take care. All will work out fine.
• United States
17 Jun 08
I even have not time to worry about it, my son want come to this world so early and Doctor gave me C-section.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Congratulations on your future addition! Don't worry about it. It's not a for sure thing, however, I can tell you from personal experience, (Yes it happened to me) I was pushing so hard, I couldn't tell what the heck was coming out! I asked my husband if I had an "accident" and he kept staring saying he didn't know what it was. Finally the nurse came over and he asked her what is was. She said oops someone had a little accident. I just screamed at him "What's the matter? Don't you know what S$#@ looks like?" Believe me, there is so much going on that it won't matter to you at that moment and it certainly won't matter once you get to hold your new baby. Good luck, relax and enjoy the moment and the last nights of good sleep!
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
17 Jun 08
Oh sweetie, there are so many exciting, wonderful things happening at that time. Pooping just becomes another aspect of the process. The nurses deal with it on a regular basis and it is truly nothing to them. They grab a gauze or some other wipe and it is gone before you know it. You will be so focussed on your bundle of joy that you will be completely unphased. My personal experience, it didn't really happen to me. I had a tiny little poop sneak out, about the size of a grape. It was so small that the nurse didn't notice it. I was watching in the mirror and asked that she clean me and that was that. Don't worry youself over something that might not even happen. Congratulations. I wish you well with the delivery. I will be looking forward to a discussion about your sweet bundle of joy.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
17 Jun 08
i did not have this happen because i had a c section. i have not heard much about this but then i guess most people probably do not want to talk about it. i would not worry too much though as the doctors are used to it and it is really out of your control anyway. just hope for the best and maybe it won't happen at all.
@SheliaLee (2738)
• United States
17 Jun 08
I'm embarrassed to say that this did happen to me during the birth of my son, not with my daughter, however. For some reason the nurses did not give me an enema with my son and I think that is what caused the problem. They did with my daughter so I didn't go through the embarassment. It is embarrassing if it happens hon but I'm sure the doctors/nurses have seen much worse, so try not to worry about it too much. Just enjoy that precious little one when it gets here, it will be worth all the pain and embarassment you go through just to get your baby here. :)
@tessah (6621)
• United States
17 Jun 08
no it doesnt happen to everyone, but yes it does happen, and often, considering the way you push while giving birth is the way you push while having a bowel movement. quite honestly.. it wont even enter yer mind in the slightest while youre actually in labor and having your child.. not to sound frightening or anything, but the amount of pain youll be in all modesty and quite frankly.. sanity.. will ultimately leave you, and nothing will matter at all other than getting through it. good luck with yer baby.. and congrats
• United States
17 Jun 08
I wouldn't let it bother you for when your giveing birth and you do it you don't even know you did. I had this experience when I gave birth to my son and my friend Chris just started makeing jokes about it and I never knew I had done it. I never cared I just wanted the baby out so I could hold him. I'm sure alot of women go through this during child birth. I wish you the best of luck on your new one and congradulations.
@hopejordan (3566)
• Australia
17 Jun 08
hi there wahm805 well when i was giving birth to my daughter the nurse said to me your baby pooped in your tummy i said really i did not know they can do that oh well have a great day and i hope everything goes well with your deliveary
• United States
17 Jun 08
I use to feel the same way. I just had my baby in May. When you first go into labor stop eatting. Naturally when your in labor you start to have diahera so then you don't have to worry about pooping when your pushing because you won't have anything. That's what happen to me....I just didn't have any to come out. But it happens all the time! You won't even know you had done it. The nurse will clean it up real fast so the baby won't be in it. I'm so happy for you though! Boy or girl? I'm guessing this is your first one also?
17 Jun 08
It was my daugther when she deliver her first child she did it. I said just push it and don't worry that's natural and happens to everyone.She'covered her face and binggo..