It's one of the biggest fears mom has about labor: poop. Okay, she might be slightly afraid about all of the blood and a person popping out of her lady bits, but poop is definitely on the minds of women who are getting ready to labor. It's not baby poop they are concerned about, though there will be plenty of that to deal with once the baby arrives. It's the idea of pooping during labor that horrifies moms and keeps them up worried at night.
The good news is that doctors are used to it. The bad news is they are used to it because it happens to so many women. Some research studies put the number of women who have a number two while pushing right around 50 percent. Furthermore, there's not a lot that can be done to avoid it. We use the same muscles to push out a child as we do to push out stool. Once mom enters the pushing stage, she isn't going to care what comes out as long as there is a baby in her arms when it's over.
Despite the almost inevitable occurrence of pushing poop, moms still want to know what their chances are of making it through labor without an incident. What factors can contribute to a bowel movement at such a bad time?
There's no way to avoid the number two, but there are some factors that will help mom determine if her chances of a pushing accident are likely. She can read on and then emotionally prepare.
15 No-Show Potty Action
There's a great time to have a bowel movement: before mom starts pushing. If mom feels that she needs to go to the bathroom during labor, she should go. Going during the early phases will empty her bowels and give her a better chance of pushing without surprises.
However, mom may not get it all out, in which case she could still have some leftover stool make its exit during the pushing phase. Moms who absolutely cannot go to the bathroom before pushing due to constipation are likely going to have an accident when the pushing starts. A baby bearing down and a full colon, combined with crazy hormones and mom trying to push can make it hard for any woman not to have an accident.
Don't be afraid to go before the last stage of labor begins. Most women feel much better doing their business on the toilet rather than on their doctor, so if the urge hits early, take advantage of it.
14 Managing The Pain
Every woman needs to choose the best way for her to manage pain. However, women who want an epidural need to know that they will be immobilized once the medicine is in. Of course, that means mom won't feel as much pain, but it will also mean her chances of waddling to the toilet for a last- minute BM are toast.
Having an epidural limits mom's movement, and that means when she has to go, she will go right where she is. She also may not be able to tell that she is about to do a number two because she will be numb.
An epidural may also cause mom to relax. That's a great thing for the woman who wants to get some rest before she has to literally force a human being out of her body. The flip side is that relaxing may cause mom to release more than she bargained for. Without tensing up to hold in the poop or to get through the contractions, mom's body may finally be loose enough to let go of any excess waste.
13 Pre-Labor Munchies
Eating small snacks during labor is a good thing. After years of women being told they shouldn't eat during labor due to the very small chance of aspiration, researchers are now recommending women be allowed to have more than ice chips while giving birth. The chances of aspiration are low because the world we live in now involves epidurals for pain management instead of general anesthesia.
However, munching on yummies while in labor will give our bodies ammunition that could work against us later. That food will have to be processed, and when waste makes its way to the bowels, it will have to go somewhere. We can't control when that happens.
Mom shouldn't let the chance of pooping during labor keep her from snacking while birthing. The benefits are too good to miss out on and may include shorter labor overall. It's worth the number two risk to have the energy we need to get the job done!
12 Low Ridin'
Women who carry their babies low face a unique set of challenges. Carrying low means the baby puts massive pressure on mom's bladder and colon. Women feel like they waddle sooner and have back pain that won't quit from the second trimester on. Another problem may be poop.
The lower the baby is riding, the more women complain about the constant need to urinate and the extra pressure on the bowels. While they may be able to breathe easier because the baby doesn't feel like he is pressed against mom's lungs, the extra weight on the colon will make it hard for mom to avoid a bowel movement during labor.
There's no way to avoid this since mom can't make the baby ride higher in the womb. A low riding little one will press on mom harder and for longer than one who is a bit higher, and mom will feel like the baby dropped way before she goes into labor.
11 Gas Tank
Pregnancy gas is an extra special experience, and many find themselves unusually flatulent throughout the entire pregnancy. The gas may be airy and odorless, but most women find that pregnancy poots are among some of the rankest smelling farts in the world.
Women who struggle with pregnancy poots shouldn't be surprised when they poop during labor. If the bowels and colon are being affected throughout the pregnancy, causing stinky gas to flow freely from mom's body, then it's likely she has a pretty strong chance of pooping during labor.
No one knows for sure why some women's bowels are affected while others have an easier time in this department, but it stands to reason that anyone who is struggling with gas will probably struggle with a number two trying to make an entrance at an inopportune time. In fact, it may be when mom tries to pass gas that she realizes it's more than gas.
10 Extra Prostaglandins
Prostaglandins are not a bad thing. They help keep the bowels moving normally, and they are a major component in starting labor. The problem is since they do both of these things at one time, it stands to reason that a ton of prostaglandins running through mom's body may aid in both labor and poop at the same time.
Women who have to receive prostaglandins, such as Pitocin, to help move labor along may have an even harder time holding in poop. Extra prostaglandins on top of what mom's body is already producing will make it difficult for mom to keep from going to the bathroom. Unless her bowels are completely empty when she enters labor, she will likely be no match for the power of the prostaglandins during the pushing phase.
Some women refuse Pitocin because they don't want to deal with the risks associated with it, such as stronger contractions that may put the baby into distress. However, mom shouldn't refuse it just because of the poop possibility. Numbers twos during labor can happen no matter what.
9 No Medical Removal Of Waste
Women used to receive enemas before labor, which is as horribly invasive and awful as it sounds. The procedure is now deemed unnecessary and rarely takes place, but one benefit of an enema was that it alleviated mom's worries when it came to number twos during labor.
Research says it's not worth the risk just to spare mom embarrassment. Receiving an enema doesn't decrease the chances of infection for moms, and it doesn't make the postpartum poop any easier. An old belief was that an enema made labor shorter, but that myth was also debunked. However, there is a group of people who like it when moms receive enemas before labor: medical personnel. Research shows they would rather mom receive one than not, likely because there's less likely to be an incident with poop during labor.
Receiving one for the sake of the staff is not ideal, but if mom really wants to have an enema, she can request one from her doctor beforehand. There are no guarantees, but it's likely she will not have a number two while pushing if she does.
8 Forever Pushing
Women push for different amounts of time, and there's no way to predict how long pushing will last. Some women brag about how after two pushes, the baby was out. Others talk about being stuck in the pushing phase for hours, with the baby's head showing only to disappear into mom again.
The longer mom's pushing phase lasts, the more likely mom is to poop. It's just a matter of numbers. The higher the number of minutes mom is pushing, using the same muscles to move her baby as she does to move poop, the more likely she will be to actually poop. Women who get the pushing phase over with quickly simply don't have as long in labor to live with the threat of poop.
Being allowed to push in positions that work for mom can help shorten the pushing phase. If mom is up for resisting the epidural and has a doctor who will let her move around, she can squat or find some other position that helps her push the baby out quicker.
7 Crazy, Laser Focus
Via: www.northeastdoulas.comLabor is hard, and many women find themselves in the zone while trying to give birth. They are only aware of what their bodies are feeling and figuring out how to get through the hardest parts of giving birth. They may not even feel aware of those around them and will only be able to recall their own sensory experiences related to childbirth.
Getting in the zone can be a very good thing, as it allows women to tap into their feelings and respond to their bodies' needs. However, it may also mean that they aren't paying much attention to anything but pushing the baby out. It's possible for them to pass stool without ever being aware of it. If it's not a baby exiting the body, mom may be completely unaware.
Mom shouldn't let the fear of poop keep her from deep concentration. It's better to have laser focus on labor and get through it than it is to stall labor by stressing about a number two.
6 Jumbo Baby
Big babies can cause issues for moms during labor. Sometimes they are too big to fit through the birth canal, causing mom to need a C-section instead of a vaginal delivery. When a big baby can fit through the birth canal, he will majorly press on mom's organs doing so. That includes her colon.
Large babies put more weight on mom's colon, and many doctors say to imagine the colon the same way one would a tube of toothpaste. When you push on the tube, the toothpaste comes out. Since the colon is so long, a large baby may start pushing on it as soon as labor starts and will move poop all the down and out of mom's body.
Smaller babies can do this too, but large babies put more pressure on mom's bowels and leave her more likely to defecate. There's not much mom can do about this, and if she is giving birth to a large baby, she will probably not care much about anything else since that is enough of a challenge.
5 Forever Loose BMs
If holding in poop has always been an issue, don't expect that to change during labor. Women who struggle with loose bowels or diarrhea on a normal day are out of luck during labor. Prior bowel issues pretty much destine mom to labor poop.
It's important for women who have excessive diarrhea or other stomach issues to get them checked out by a doctor. Problems like food allergies or irritable bowel syndrome(IBS) can make potty visits frequent and painful for sufferers. Crohn's disease may also be a culprit. It's best if mom knows about these before she is pregnant.
Some women just pass looser stool than others without any medical explanation, and these women have to accept that they are prime targets for pushing poop. Not being able to hold it on a regular day means mom will easily cave to the weight and stress of pushing poop.
4 Tried At-Home Induction
When a woman is nearing her due date with no sign of the baby, she may get desperate. There are many at-home tricks to try to start labor, though many researchers question their effectiveness and most doctors don't want mom to try them.
One technique involves drinking castor oil, and it can have explosive results. Castor oil is said to induce labor precisely because of how it affects the bowels, causing cramping and pushing stool out, which may lead to contractions.
There are many issues with this induction practice, but one is that mom can't control when the poop will stop flowing. Castor oil can make women very sick, even putting the baby into distress, and a woman who drinks castor oil and then goes into labor may poop the entire time, including leading up to and during the pushing phase. Women who already fear labor poop need to avoid the oil.
3 Push Through The Back End Advice
When a woman is pushing, doctors and nurses may offer her advice to make the pushing more effective. Telling a woman to push through the bottom is common, meaning she should push like she is trying to poop. Guess what happens when mom takes this advice? She usually poops.
Mom shouldn't shun this technique, though. Pushing through the bottom can result in more effective pushes, shortening labor and helping mom avoid interventions. Sure, it may also lead to bowel movements, but the advice is sound. A woman uses the same muscles to poop as she does to give birth, so it makes sense that pushing through the bottom is an effective approach.
Though it's not fun to think about, doctors and nurses have diapers at the end of the bed to take care of mom's poop when it arrives, so just push through the bottom and get it over with.
2 Big O Labor
Some women hope to achieve more than having a baby during birth. There are women who want orgasmic births, births where they have ultimate pleasure while bringing people into the world. Other women stumble upon orgasmic birth, simply find that their bodies respond to labor stimulation with an orgasm.
Women who plan on having orgasmic births could be more likely to also have poop births. If a woman is comfortable letting go to the point of climaxing in front of a doctor, a nurse, and a midwife, it's likely that she is really planning on letting go. Women who plan orgasmic births may not even worry about pooping during labor since they will see it as just part of the process.
Big O labor is not for everyone, and many women are uncomfortable with the idea of mixing business with pleasure in this setting. However, if a woman is having an orgasm, she probably won't even notice a bit of poop.
1 The Spicy Nacho Dish
Women in their third trimester tend to eat whatever they want. It's the end, they are over being pregnant, and Mexican food and spicy dishes start looking good. Morning sickness has long passed for most, and some believe that spicy food actually helps induce labor.
Mom should indulge if she wants, but she needs to remember that what goes in must come out, and if the last thing to go in was a spicy bean enchilada. well, things could get interesting.
Women who eat huge meals before going into labor will probably end up going number two, and it's okay. Enchiladas and other foods are worth it, and as long as mom knows what she's getting into, she shouldn't care. Plus, mom is likely going to poop anyway, so the meal before labor might as well be awesome. Make it a good one, and just know the nurses will clean up the aftermath.