7 Real Embarrassing Labor Moments
Labor may be one of the most serious times in a woman's life, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its share of funny, awkward, or embarrassing moments.
Click through to read a few confessions from real moms who are airing their most embarrassing labor moments. (Including yours truly, which, honestly, I think is the most embarrassing of them all …)
Embarrassing Labor Moment #1
“My water broke, in a glass elevator, coming out of my OB appointment,” said writer Melissa Cohen. “By the time I reached the bottom floor, I looked like I had wet my pants. I called my doctor; she had me GO BACK upstairs, soggy, waddling, and still clutching my 3-year-old's hand.
“I walked into the office, she looked at me at immediately, sent me BACK DOWNSTAIRS — same elevator — to labor and delivery. I was mortified.”
Embarrassing Labor Moment #2
“My water broke on the table while the doctor was checking me at my appointment,” said new mom Janell Dick. “It was everywhere; the nurse even looked freaked out. She just kept handing me paper towels.”
When she got to the hospital, the staff questioned her: “The hospital kept asking me, ‘Are you sure it broke?' [I said], Yes, it was everywhere — that's why they sent me here!” And after being covered in water, what's a little more mess?
After her son, Wyatt was born, he pooped all over his mom! “They cleaned it up, [and] then he pooped again,” laughed Janell.
Embarrassing Labor Moment #3
“OK, so I've never told this to anyone,” confessed Kristel Acevedo of Glowing Light. “When I was giving birth to Isabel (it was a home water birth), I was in the tub pushing, and I put my hand on my bum because it really felt like it was going to rip wide open! The pressure was intense.
“Then I felt something on my fingers. I brought my hand out of water, and there was poop on my hand! Grosssss. At that point, I couldn't even worry about it. I shook it off and went back to pushing my daughter out.”
Embarrassing Labor Moment #4
“I was at 8 cm,” related mom of two Danielle Easlick. “The blood pressure cuff started, and my hand went numb. I freaked out. [I] started crying, yelling at [my husband] that I couldn't feel my hand. It was hysterical and super embarrassing looking back. In the moment, I am pretty sure my hand was going to fall off.”
Embarrassing Labor Moment #5
“Worst thing I can remember is asking the nurse if I was supposed to push with my eyes open or shut because it felt like I was pushing my eyes out of my head,” said Lindsay Pender. “And asking them to shut the entertainment center because I could see everything reflected in the TV!”
Embarrassing Labor Moment #6
“When I was in labor with Carson, they gave me pain killers through an IV, and then 15 minutes later, they gave me my epidural, and I got very loopy,” said Maggie Payne. “I started getting nervous and told the nurse I was high. She told me that everything was fine, and I yelled, ‘NO! I am high right now. My mother is on her way to the hospital, and she can't see me high! I need everyone to leave so I can sleep and sober up.' The nurses teased me about it my whole hospital stay.”
Embarrassing Labor Moment #7
I'll end this round-up by spilling my own embarrassing labor story:
With my first daughter, I had a pretty rough labor, and by the end of it, I was pretty much losing my mind. And then, my daughter got stuck while I was pushing — for three.whole.hours. I don't remember it, but my husband tells me that, somewhere around the two-and-a-half-hour mark, with my daughter's head crowning, I apparently decided I was done.
“I'm leaving!” I declared and then proceeded to try to climb out of my hospital bed. It took my husband and my saint of an OB nurse to hold me back down so I could, um, give birth. Awkward.
Do you have an embarrassing labor story? Share in the comments!