When I was reading and researching and asking questions in preparation for labor and delivery, one small yet somehow relevant detail kept haunting me: pooping during labor. I knew there was a high probability I would push out some poop (and in front of strangers) during labor, and I was not about it. Not. At. All. However, it is pretty inevitable, so instead of keeping any and all fecal matter inside my body while pushing a baby out of my body, I went through the emotional stages of pooping on the table during labor. In the end, there was nothing I could do about it. My body was doing what it needed to to bring my child into the world, and I was just along for the journey (poop and all).
Of course, not every woman's labor and delivery experience is the same and I do know of some women who didn't poop during labor. Now, they're either fibbing because they find poop to be that embarrassing, or they really are magical creatures who were able to push with every ounce of their being, and not produce a little poop in the process. Either way, those stories do exist and maybe you're one of the few that can claim ownership of them. I applaud you, because I am not one of those women. I pooped (more than once) during labor. Hey, there ain't no shame in my pregnancy, labor and delivery game.
While every woman is different and every birth story is extraordinarily unique, one thing does bind us laboring women together: the poo. I'm not mad about it, as I find solace in solidarity and I'm so glad there are so many women who know what it's like to poop in front of doctors and nurses and friends and family. You haven't lived until you can be cavalier about fecal matter being passed somewhat publicly. So if you're currently pregnant, here's the emotional stages you're more than likely to experience when it comes to pooping during labor. If you've been there and done that, let's enjoy this nostalgic journey of contractions, pushing and poop, together, shall we?