You lie in bed awake at night thinking about it. You’ve heard stories and wonder if it’s just a myth. You think it would be mortifying if it happened to you. As your due date draws closer you may have more anxiety about it then actually giving birth.
What are we talking about? You know it, pooping during delivery.
Not everyone experiences it, but yes, poop happens. Before delivery, your body has to get into “delivery” mode and that sometimes means cleaning out your bowels.
If it does happen to you know this…
It’s not unexpected and your doctor and labor and delivery nurse have seen it happen (a lot) before
There won’t be that much and it will get wiped away quickly – you may not even know about it and they may not even tell you.
When you’re in the moment, you won’t even care that you did it and you might not even know it happened.
If you are really concerned about it:
Give it the old college try and head to the bathroom while you’re in early labor to try and empty your bowels.
Don’t invite anyone into the delivery room that you are not comfortable letting it “all hang out” in front of.
Talk to your doctor. They will help you understand why it happens and calm your nerves about if it does. Your doctor will know best!
Remember, if you do go #2 on D-day, life will go on and the memory will be short-lived once you have that beautiful baby in your arms.