One of my favourite birth course lessons was during the hospital tour. The fathers-to-be/birth partners were invited to this lesson as well so they could also have an idea of what they were expected to see in the labour and delivery ward.
Each room was spacious with its own shower, washroom, bidet, birthing stool, birthing ball, bed and other equipment used to aid labour.
A nagging question that runs through a pregnant woman’s mind is, “will I poop when I push?” I could tell by the look on everyone’s faces that they wanted an answer with statistics, followed by ways to avoid a shameful, public poop.
I knew the answer to this question already but I wanted to hear what our obstetrician had to say in the hopes that I would find a way to become poop-free.
When we got to the room with the birthing pool, I immediately felt a rush of excitement to my chest because I had visualized myself having a beautiful, peaceful birth in there so many times. Then, all of a sudden, I imagined that dreaded poop floating up to the top. Gross.
ADVICE FROM OUR OBSTETRICIAN
In the middle of our tour, our obstetrician stopped to give us all some advice while touching on the aforementioned subject:
Her advice for the future dads and partners:
- Be brave. You need two sets of balls to be in the delivery room. If you can’t handle it or if you think you will faint, faint somewhere you won’t bother anyone, like in the corner. Know that no one will pay attention to you. The pregnant lady is our number one priority.
- Be understanding. If your woman lashes out on you, be quiet and just take it. She’s having a baby.
Her advice to the future moms:
- If you have any built up anger from past arguments with you partner, now is the time to let it out. He can’t do anything. You’re having a baby. Haha!
- You will probably poop. Accept it. Don’t worry about. We obstetricians are so used to it. It’s no biggy. It happens, we clean it up fast and go on. We don’t point and laugh saying, “omg look how much she crapped! Hahahaha so much crap hahahaha!!” That never happens.
So that’s your answer. You probably will poop. When you choose your birth partner make sure it’s someone you are comfortable pooping in front of. Who knows? Maybe you won’t poop in the end. However, if you’re worried about it, just laugh about it with a few wise words from comedian, Ali Wong:
“…you just s*** on the floor in front of the love of your life. And just when you think that it’s enough to make him finally leave you…BOOM! A baby comes out and he gotta stay! That’s the miracle of life right there.”
Check back shortly to find out how my birth story went down…