Pooping during labor is a major concern for most first-time moms.
“Push like you’re in the toilet” is the advice you’ll likely get from an attending nurse. There may not be any poop involved during your labor, but the truth is it happens. The good news is, even if you do poop in labor you probably won’t even notices given how intense labor is.
In all honesty, there’s no way to tell whether or not you’ll end up pooping during labor. If you’re concerned about it, you can decrease the chances of it happening by following the tips below.
#1. Drink lots of fluids and eat tons of fiber throughout your pregnancy.
Increasing your fiber intake decreases the risk of constipation during pregnancy. As your due date approaches, you should up your intake of fiber-rich foods to make your bowel movements regular. To reduce your risk of bloating, increase intake slowly. Fiber-rich foods include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
#2. Go to the toilet when you can.
Your body is amazing and will try its best to cleanse itself while it can. If you’re in early labor and you feel like pooping, head to the toilet; don’t fight it. Holding it in will increase your chances of pooping during labor.
#3. Eat lightly during early labor.
When labor starts, regardless of how hungry you are, stay away from the burgers and steak. Try protein bars, smoothies, or soups.
#4. Take a suppository.
If you’re deeply concerned, suppositories relieve constipation and usually cause a bowel movement in 15 to 60 minutes. Consult your doctor before using a suppository.
#5. Get an Enema.
Enemas were routine practice during delivery in many countries. If the prospect of pooping in labor is absolutely terrifying to you, this is one way to guarantee your bowel is clear before delivery. Ask the attending nurse for an enema if you are in the early stages of labor when you arrive at the hospital.
- Try not to worry!
Most women admit that the prospect of pooping in the delivery room scares them. Their biggest concern is not the strangers around them witnessing it but their partner. Pooping in labor should be filed under “stuff that might happen” but try to relax.
It’s normal. It’s natural. You won’t feel a thing or see it, and the joy of your new baby will overshadow any fleeting embarrassment you might feel.
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First published at www.thestir.cafemom.com
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