Is it true that you sometimes poop on the delivery table?

The book says that most women end up having a bowel movment during labor due to the baby pushing up against the rectum. Has this happen to anyone, or ever heard of this before????

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Zoeybug

Asked by Zoeybug at 12:41 AM on Oct. 9, 2008 in Pregnancy

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  • I was going to say, more like you're GOING to have a BM on the table! The good news is that the nurses are SO good about cleaning it up super quick. In fact, I videoed a friend's birth, and I was right up in there, and the way the nurse had the towel over her rectum, I couldn't tell you whether she pooped or not! When I had my son, I pushed, and then I laughed and said, "I just pooped, didn't I?" because I could smell it! LOL (gross, I know) I knew it was likely, though. I think it's like, 80% of women do. My advice- there are SO many other things going on, don't focus on the poo.
    musicpisces

    Answer by musicpisces at 6:27 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • I've heard it before...It can happen if you push too hard...it can come out!! It hasn't happened to me cause I had a c-section.
    hailee2006

    Answer by hailee2006 at 12:43 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Unfortunetly it did happen with me, not something I like to talk about, but honestly it's apart of labor. Not everyone does it, but it's not uncommon either. You have so much pressure going on down there that when you are pushing it tends to empty the rectum as well. Request an enema, I did but didn't get it which is why I "pooped", nurses are wonderful about that thing I had the greatest nurse ever when I was in labor with my son she kept cleaning me and told me not to worry about it that it was normal and that it was ok.
    Married2theBest

    Answer by Married2theBest at 12:45 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Yeah it happens. It never happened to me but it does happen. When you are pushing you are pushing like you are having a BM or really like you are having a hard time time having a BM. LOL! Thats why you hear some doctors say as you are pushing to push like you would for a BM.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • um yes it happened to me. but you will be in soo much pain noone will care not even you.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:46 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Well basically when you are pushing the baby is putting pressure on your bowels like a tube of toothpaste. Also, when you push you push similar as to when you have a BM.

    Apparently, the mom rarely feels it and the nurses are great about it. They wipe it up as it happens, before you can smell it, and they don't say anything. I know this, I have been that nurse to three of my sisters.

    My SO says that his ex wife had a BM while delivering his son. He said that the nurses never said a word to her and either did he. It is normal and kind of expected.
    girlneffy

    Answer by girlneffy at 12:47 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • No worries! It happens to 9 out of 10 women, and it is perfectly normal! The doctors and nurses don't even blink twice about it, they just clean it up and don't even tell you. My nurse was already cleaning down there with a warm washcloth to help that area relax and stretch, so I didn't even notice when she cleaned me up.

    Just know that it is normal, and when the time comes, trust me, it will not be on your mind!
    CarolynBarnett

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 12:48 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Is there a way they can keep the baby from getting in "it".
    Zoeybug

    Answer by Zoeybug at 12:48 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Baby won't get in it! The nurses wipe it away as it happens. They do this out of respect for you but mostly for a sanitary delivery.
    girlneffy

    Answer by girlneffy at 12:50 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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  • Absolutely girlneffy hit it on the head, your baby wont be in it also when baby is born or so when mine was my midwife put her 2 fingers indide and pushed down to not only help my son when he was delivered but to also keep me from tearing
    Married2theBest

    Answer by Married2theBest at 12:57 AM on Oct. 9, 2008

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