When a woman goes into labor, a lot of incredible things happen. Her body has to accommodate the birth of a baby, and if that isn’t a miracle, I don’t know what is!
However, having a baby doesn’t quite happen how it does in the movies. It can be very painful and messy, and yes, it often does involve pooping. The muscles used to push out a baby are the very same ones used to have a bowel movement, so chances are there will be poo.
That being said, it’s totally normal and doctors are used to it. Hospital staff aren’t phased one bit and neither should you. It’s just a fact of childbirth! Case in point, check out these nine moms who shared what it was like to poop during labor.
1. My Butt Was Falling Out
“Humans are animals and there is absolutely nothing more primal than giving birth. Trust me, you are way too busy pushing out a baby and coping with pain to care if poop comes out of your butt. It happened at least once during my delivery.
“Nobody, not even my husband, batted an eye or cared. I kept screaming on the delivery table that ‘My butt [was] falling out.’ There is so much pressure that it really feels like all of your insides are blasting out of your bottom area at the same time.” —Amanda, 32
2. Quickly Wipe It Away
“I felt some poop come out at some point during the two-plus hours of pushing out my first son. I had an epidural but it had mostly worn off so I felt the poop come out while I was pushing. I just had the sensation that it was there, and then when I saw the nurse quickly wipe it away I knew I was right.
“The nurse quickly wiped it away and it was like it didn’t even happen. I was so focused on pushing I wasn’t worried about it. My second son came out so quickly, that if I pooped while pushing I wasn’t even aware of it.” —Maya, 39
3. Am I Pooping?!
“Like many first-time moms, I worried a lot about pooping on the delivery table, and it definitely happened. I kept yelling to the nurses ‘Am I pooping?! Am I pooping?!’. I was so embarrassed by the whole thing and kept apologizing.
“In the moment there is so much pressure happening to your lower body it is hard to tell one bodily function from the next. The pushing feels the same. The nurses told me to push as if I was having a bowel movement.
“Obviously, the labor pushing is more painful and intense, but how you go about pushing is the same as when pooping. I was convinced I was pooping the entire time, but it was just one quick second and the nurses took care of it.” —Mary, 31
Worried about what your partner might see? Then you’ve got to read number four…