Our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and friends proudly regale us with their personal delivery experiences. One of the things that are often left out of those stories – unless you have a very comfortable relationship with the person sharing – is the poop factor.
Yes, that’s right, you may unload on the delivery bed. Before you recoil in disgust, know that this is completely normal. And everyone who will be there helping you knows it.
As your baby makes his or her exit from your womb, you use the same muscles that are needed when you have a bowel movement. It’s time for that baby to come out and meet mama, so it’s an unavoidable sequence of events.
The baby’s weight as he or she passes by the rectum applies pressure to the area, which can also cause other things to escape.
What Happens When I Poop on the Delivery Bed?
Doctors, nurses, and midwives know every detail of the birthing process – even the dirty ones. They also know that poop is a sign that you’re doing great and the little one will arrive soon.
When it happens, you can continue to focus on what you’re doing. That job is tough enough without worrying about keeping the area tidy. In the meantime, your diligent delivery team will clean up any messes without batting an eyelash.
Giving birth is a big deal. Your body is going to do what it must during the process. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about and shouldn’t make you feel worried or anxious during pregnancy. If you have questions, talk to your OB/GYN. Contact Women’s Health to schedule an appointment.