S**T No: The Truth About What Happens To Your Bowels When Giving Birth

Aug 16, 2016

Poop. Feces. Number two. Whatever name you prefer to give it, it happens to be one of the most common yet most embarrassing concerns of pregnant women around the world.  Will you poop on the doctor during labor?! Most likely, every pregnant woman on the planet has worried about (or at least heard horror-stories about) going number two during childbirth.

The reality is that if you have vaginal delivery, there is a pretty good chance that you may push out a little bit of feces along the way.  Many women, right before labor, have diarrhea which is the body’s natural way of eliminating, so that you will not have a full digestive tract come delivery time. If you do end up pooping during labor, you will know that you’re pushing properly since the same muscles used to have a bowel movement are the same muscles used to push your baby out! So good job, mama! Oh, another reality – nobody cares!

So if you’re stressing over having a bowel movement during labor, you’re not alone. Take comfort in the fact that a lot of women have the same concern, and really, it’s no big deal. Let’s cover the scoop on childbirth poopie and how to take it in stride!

  1. 1. Why It Happens

    The majority of mamas do poop while pushing. It’s true. It’s also true that you may not — many women actually find that their bodies clear out efficiently well before the baby is born! Many moms find they feel the urge to go to the bathroom over and over (and over) early in labor. This is the body’s way of clearing out and preparing for baby’s descent. It’s a nice sign that “something is starting” too. Your baby moves down through your pelvis and the birth canal and triggers the nerves that cause the “bowel movement” sensation. You’ve probably heard stories of many women who felt like they needed to go to the bathroom only to be told “that’s the baby you’re feeling!”

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