Oh, Poop! – The Scoop on Poop during Labor

scoop-on-poop-during-laborOh, admit it!  As you approach late pregnancy (or maybe even earlier) you have worried that the unthinkable, most embarrassing thing in the entire world (might) happen during labor and delivery.  You have lain in bed at night worried that you might poop on the doctor while you are pushing.  Right!?!  Right. 

It’s one of the most common yet least discussed concerns of pregnant woman around the world.  Will you poop on the doctor during labor?  And if you do, how will you survive this utter embarrassment?  Even more important, is this a real worry? 

The reality is that if you have vaginal delivery, there is a pretty good chance that you may push out a little bit of feces along the way.  Many women, right before labor, have diarrhea which is the body’s natural way of eliminating, so that you will not have a full digestive tract come delivery time.  Even so, as you are bearing down and pushing, poop may present itself.  Here is another reality.  Nobody cares!

The doctor is not going to stop what he or she is doing and vomit because you oozed a little feces.  There will be no, “Oh no she DID NOT just poop on me while my face and hands were near her vagina,” from any doctor who is in the labor and delivery business.  If you do poop, you won’t even know it, because the doctor or nurses will simply wipe it all away and move on.  For them, it is just par for the course. 

And, if you DO poop a little, it probably means that you are pushing properly when the doctor tells you to bear down and push.  So expelling gas, or feces, means you are doing it right.  Go you! 

Of course, it’s normal to worry about all sorts of things that may or may not happen during labor and delivery.  The day you deliver your baby is one of life’s huge unknowns, and one that you will spend quite a bit of time thinking about (and obsessing over).  Even so, save yourself some stress and don’t worry about the small stuff.  Considering the predicament that you will be in, and the things you will say and do – and the position you will labor in – you will realize that modesty is not invited into the delivery room.  Trust me (and any other mom who has been there); the only thing you will be thinking about during labor and delivery is your baby (and perhaps what the heck you were thinking when you decided to have a baby).  Once you see, hear, smell, and touch your baby – everything you ever worried about before fades quickly to a distant memory. 


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Oh, Poop! – The Scoop on Poop during Labor

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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  1. Melissa says:

    I have done it!!!!!! My first child I was pushing but no one had told me how to push. So the doctors gets a little frustrated and says push like you have to poop and that is exactly what I did and that is exactly what he got. POOP. I was so embarrassed and I kept apologizing but when it came to pushing out my daughter i said to heck with it because the pain was greater then me losing some dignity. Now I only have put up with my husband laughing at me because I pooped on the table:)

  2. Bianca says:

    I’ve thought about it and actually think its pretty funny the possibility that is. call me crazy but i’m more concerned about my baby coming out ok and me just making it through than i am about pooping.But for anybody who is worried or has pooped before trust me i think given the situation you’re in nobody really cares. I mean you are doing one of the coolest things ever.Not everybody gets this chance.:)

  3. tybutterfly says:

    I think I will just be happy that my baby is finally entering the world. I am so too concerned with pooping during delivery – mostly because I know my body and will probably be in and out of the bathroom many times before I even deliver. This was still worth the read! Thank you.

  4. This is one of the many reasons why the rule will be for my husband ‘Stay behind the curtain and by my side the whole time, no looking!’ It’s not that I’m necessarily worried about pooping – I’m almost positive I will since ever since I got pregnant I’ve had terrible diarrhea – but worried that seeing me poop along with seeing all the bleeding and tearing and a baby being squeezed out of there, sex will be off the table forever as he will always have that image in his head and no longer find me, or at least anything down there, sexy again.

  5. Deborah says:

    I really wasn’t worry about pooping, there was other things on my mind at the time-I still don’t see what the big deal its. What do you expect to happen when you are pushing something so large out of hole so small. It’s nature and if you do poop, it means you are pushing right. This is what I thought when I first heard that some or most women did this, but for some reason, this is bad.

    Then, when it was time to give birth. I had been pushing for nearly and hour when the nurse asked if I need to pee. I tried to get up! Then they told me that they wanted me to go right there. In front of them. I tried, but I just couldn’t. To me, that was too weird. But not about the pooping, because that means you are pushing right.

  6. Audra505 says:

    I made my Dr, my fiance and my entire support team promise that if I did poop, we will never speak of it or acknowledge it….ever. I’m not exactly shy when it comes to expressing how im feeling.What I am shy about tho is my bodily functions so since nobody had even heard me fart before, pooping with an audience was a mortifying thought. But now I must say, I don’t care. My anal muscles aren’t strong enough to hold in a fart anymore so I gueds the cats out of the bag. I poop and have gas…surprise! My modesty is completely gone since that day. I had his parents, grandparents, 6 siblings and my own older brother walk right in as soon as he popped out. I had my boobs out being cranked on by the nurse into my babies mouth while everyone just watched(with a small blood soaked rag covering my newly trashed fun zone) come to think of it, I don’t even know if I pooped or not. The diarrhea was awful before labor so hopefully I was empty. I was in labor for 3 whole days!!

  7. Kelsey says:

    that was one of my biggest concerns the whole time i was pregnant, i was so worried id poop and be sooo embarassed, and then when i had the baby of course it happened and at that point i didnt even care i was more worried about the baby coming out to even think twice about that.


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