I pooed, did you?

(90 Posts)
joanna0211marie Wed 10-Jul-13 12:27:58

I pooped in labour and had no idea until dh kindly let me know a few days later, I know I peed because I asked the midwife if it was my waters, nope just pee! This was all at the pushing stage though so I can be forgiven

LifeOfPee Wed 10-Jul-13 12:29:44

No. Neither time. Didn't pee either.

susiedaisy Wed 10-Jul-13 12:30:49

Yep peed and pooed with my first!

HarderToKidnap Wed 10-Jul-13 12:31:40

I've delivered hundreds of babies, can count on two hands those that didn't poo. I would say the vast majority of them didn't think they had pooed though!

ZipItShrimpy Wed 10-Jul-13 12:32:02

Didn't either time and I feel slightly disappointed I didn't! grin

joanna0211marie Wed 10-Jul-13 12:32:28

It's amazing how much you don't care either! I did warn them I needed a wee about 10 mins earlier

melliebobs Wed 10-Jul-13 12:33:53

Nope but I was unconscious at the time wink

TigerFeet Wed 10-Jul-13 12:35:16

I have no idea if I pooed or not. I have never asked, and no-one has ever told me. As for wee, I remember being perched over one of those cardboard hat things just before I got to the pushing stage and not being able to let it go. I suppose it must have come out at some point but again have no idea when.

StormyBrid Wed 10-Jul-13 12:40:19

I'm assured by my sister (who had an excellent view) that I didn't. And she would've told me if I had, as she's still annoyed I told het most people poo before she had her first, because it worried her rather a lot. I did go for a curry twenty four hours beforehand and spent most of early labour having a very thorough clear-out though.

meso Wed 10-Jul-13 12:40:41

I did and was mortified. Was trying to have a home birth and had my Mum, DH and 2 midwives there to witness the mortification. Wasn't just a teeny bit either as had awful constipation throughout whole pregnancy. Midwife was heard to utter 'god, those are bad, she's going to suffer after baby had arrived.' Thanks for that.

cantreachmytoes Wed 10-Jul-13 12:43:55

I didn't. BUT I did go down the castor oil route to try and start labour (42 weeks). It didn't work and the next morning I had the biggest and stickiest poo ever (think superglue) in the clinic (was overseas and in private room waiting for labour to start) and DH cleaned the loo as I didn't know what to do with it after flushing about 5 times and it not moving a millimetre. It took him AGES. I'm still mortified (as is he!) and is one of those things that neither of us really dares bring up!

I'd definitely rather poo when pushing - as at least its a good sign and DH wouldn't have to clean it up! smile

Poledra Wed 10-Jul-13 12:44:29

Dunno and have no desire to know. Made DH swear he'd never tell me, even if I asked, and he's kept schtum.

Strongly suspect I did, but prefer to be kept in the dark.

Shylepite Wed 10-Jul-13 12:49:30

Yep I pooed both times, I had been really worried about it before dc1 was born but when it happened I really didn't care. With dc2 I announced loudly that I was about to poo just before I did it! blush I think most women who say they didn't poo did but didn't realise they had.

sonlypuppyfat Wed 10-Jul-13 12:51:03

I soaked my midwife from head to toe!

joanna0211marie Wed 10-Jul-13 12:52:38

Weird question but what were your poos like after you'd given birth, I gave birth 5 weeks ago and ever since then they have been....imagine my tongue in my cheek....very long!

I did.

Didn't know due to epidural.

Sussed it when obstetrician hopped over to the sink with her runner in her hand and ran it under the tap, then she had to change gloves etc, and then back to work on me!

FunnysInLaJardin Wed 10-Jul-13 12:54:34

I didn't think so either time but now I am not so sure. I will ask DH tonight!

BadRoly Wed 10-Jul-13 12:56:17

I have no idea whether I did or not. Dc1 was elcs so assume not buy I was numb from the bottom if my ribs down. Suspect not with dc3 as I was stood up and dh caught her and he's never said anything. But no idea with dc2 and 4!

I gave birth three weeks ago and my poo is black, mainly because I'm on iron tablets. Frightened the hell out of me, didn't realise that would happen.

And yes I pooped during labour. It was quite a lot, and quite soft. I could feel it, but I also didn't give a shit, excuse the pun, dd's heart rate had dropped and it all went abit dramatic. The poor consultant doing the forceps! i feel like i owe him an apology!

joanna0211marie Wed 10-Jul-13 13:25:16

Lol yes I was in iron tablets too and noone warned me I'd be passing coal!

CheeseFondueRocks Wed 10-Jul-13 17:03:49

Neither peed nor pooed. Unless I did and didn't notice?

nannyl Wed 10-Jul-13 20:26:06

i was in the pool (where i stayed for over an hour after to deliver placenta)

i know i didnt poo!

Cavort Thu 11-Jul-13 08:46:14

I gave birth last Friday and was pushing hard for an hour so I would be surprised if I didn't poo, but I had an epidural so have no idea and I don't intend on ever asking DH. If I did the HCP's were very discreet about it.

Longdistance Thu 11-Jul-13 08:53:30

Dd1's birth I was far too constipated.

Dd2's birth, I'd had diahorrea, so had nothing left lol.

CheeryCherry Thu 11-Jul-13 08:57:56

I did...and still squirm at remembering the look of horror on the student Dr watching, he was shock for quite some time after blush sad

CheeryCherry Thu 11-Jul-13 09:00:13

Harder that makes me feel a bit better...

elQuintoConyo Thu 11-Jul-13 09:02:29

I pood. I had an epidural so didn't feel anything - but the stench! Holy cow! It was dealt with swiftly. I didn't really care, the whole birth was a frightning shitstorm ahem so that was the least of my worries.

A lot of people poo and will never know. One of my first skills learnt on birthing unit placement was how to discreetly change the pads without the woman or her partner noticing why. smile

Saku Thu 11-Jul-13 19:56:45

I did poo..blush not pee .. same case as OnTheBottomWithAWomansWeekly . Got epidural so didn't know what was happening down there..but as my midwife was changing gloves going to sink in between.. therefore I asked to my DH who was standing next to me then he just nodded his head.. but it looked like he didnt care about it and his full concentration was on our DS and to encourage me smile

karinmaria Thu 11-Jul-13 20:09:05

I don't think so... I know I peed because baby got covered in it and my DH made jokes about golden showers (which should have been really inappropriate but somehow hilarious when on pethedine).

Hawkmoth Thu 11-Jul-13 20:13:21

Not the third time, which is strange cos she was much bigger than my first two.

GrandPoohBah Thu 11-Jul-13 20:15:16

Nope. I had a big clear out in the early stages of labour and so I was able to push unimpeded grin

I actually found that being pregnant made me more regular rather than constipated - obviously the baby wriggling next to my colon helped everything move through. Didn't avoid the post-pushing piles though hmm

fishandmonkey Thu 11-Jul-13 20:16:05

yes i pooed. quite a lot i think. poor nurse. she assured me that anyone who says they didn't with their first is either lying or was lied to.

Vajigglejaggle Thu 11-Jul-13 20:19:35

I think I might have done but DH says I didn't. I did have a thorough clear out a few hours befor though so there might not have been anything left to poop ou!

RNJ3007 Thu 11-Jul-13 20:20:06

I didn't, but I only pushed 3 times... I did however pee epically on every contraction for the last 10-15 mins before I delivered! The midwife couldn't help but laugh and ask when it was all coming from!

TrinityRhino Thu 11-Jul-13 20:21:31

I have no idea
if I did then my midwife and dh didn't tell me

which is nice

TwllBach Thu 11-Jul-13 20:23:16

I've not had a baby yet, but can I ask a question?

If you do, do they, you know, wipe your arse for you? <blushes> doesn't it go everywhere?

That is the single scariest thing, for me, about childbirth.

Zyn Thu 11-Jul-13 20:23:50

I did! first clue was when I smelt it. Omg.

BrianTheMole Thu 11-Jul-13 20:27:50

I did with the first. No idea with the second, but probably.

AmberLeaf Thu 11-Jul-13 20:32:54


I only knew that I did the first time because someone wiped for me! I remember her wiping and saying 'don't worry about a thing' I remember think 'I don't care'!

Not sure about 2nd and 3rd times, but I did notice some rather deft pad removals/changes so probably!

MsGee Thu 11-Jul-13 20:32:57

DH said that the room looked like a rabbit hutch once I'd finished.

The midwives kept saying "at least she's pushing in the right place" grin

WandaDoff Thu 11-Jul-13 20:39:05

I did with my two DS'. I didn't with DD.

Third time lucky I guess.

Overcooked Thu 11-Jul-13 20:42:57

In the pool:

Me: I'm gonna poo
Midwife: no you're not, it's just the baby coming
Repeat twice then
Midwife to the assistant: can you get the sieve please?

Yep, I pooed and peed. First time i didn't though, I asked, and I was catheterised as I was a wee refuser, too many drugs first time round.

tunnocksteacake Thu 11-Jul-13 20:46:17

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IShallCallYouSquishy Thu 11-Jul-13 20:49:15

Yep! And I know I did.

My DH lied to me and said I hadn't but I can remember seeing it.

Nice confused

Pooed the first time, every 2 bloody minutes for ages, I apparently pooed on the Obs hand who was using forceps on me (serves him right wink ) but they had given me a rather large dose of lactulose then decided to take me to be induced about 30 minutes later. hmm

I didn't second time and DP tells me I didn't as well as I thought I may just not have noticed. I didn't push or labour for very long though and DS2 was a teeny 4lb 8oz and I had a major clear out a day earlier so that may have helped. grin

RhondaJean Thu 11-Jul-13 21:01:12


Schro I have been looking for you...I knew you must have had the baby -it's another boy! Congrats. How are you?

Haha! I disappeared for a while, sorry! smile

Thank you, yes another boy and he was 5 weeks early and teeny but I had a fairly lovely birth this time at least! grin I'm good now thanks, was a bit battered after he was born as I lost an awful lot of blood and ended up in theatre but I'm feeling really happy now. smile

How have you been?

<apologies about thread hijack> grin

LoveBeingUpAt4InTheMorning Thu 11-Jul-13 21:24:00

No with my first my body had a clear out by its self and second I'd been just before my contractions stared (fast lavours)

RhondaJean Thu 11-Jul-13 21:28:14

I have been good, apart from a torn calf muscle so no gym and am now as fat as butter. It's almost healed thank heavens before I need to get the bed reinforced haha.

So glad to see you back, mega congratulations on your wee one, I had a37 weeker and a 32 weeker, teeny babies are amazing xx

(sorry, I didn't poo either time btw)

AmberLeaf Thu 11-Jul-13 22:25:51

Schro! Was wondering about you all week!

Congratulations on the new wee one flowers smile

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 11-Jul-13 22:35:32

DH has confirmed that I didn't poo with either of mine, thank god grin Oh and 2 very fast labours after induction so maybe that's the answer!

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 11-Jul-13 22:37:53

btw Schro many congratulations. You know they say what is better then having a boy? Having 2 boys! I have 2 boys and they are fab

magimedi Thu 11-Jul-13 22:42:19

Congratulations, Shro.

I didn't poo as my DS was born in the dark ages when you had to have an enema as soon as you went into hospital. (And were shaved!)

I will give you no further details.

FunnysInLaJardin Thu 11-Jul-13 22:53:30

magi to be fair you are old though

magimedi Fri 12-Jul-13 08:45:19

OI!! Funnys - old in body but not in spirit!! grin

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 12-Jul-13 10:48:49

too troo grin

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 12-Jul-13 10:49:15

by the way was it you that used to live in Jersey?

magimedi Fri 12-Jul-13 13:23:09

Yes, born & bred there but haven't lived there for some long time.

FunnysInLaJardin Fri 12-Jul-13 14:15:02

thought so

Steffanoid Fri 12-Jul-13 22:23:10

I didn't, I was trying to go pretty much for the 36 hours before my emcs, I asked to go to the toilet before the epidural was sited and catheter too, got told it was ok because of the catheter, whispered to dp that I needed to poop and he told my mw who said no dear thats the baby, the catheter meant I didn't lee on anyone and dp swears I didn't poop, he's a crap fibber so I know I can believe him grin

notnowbernard Fri 12-Jul-13 22:27:07

Doesn't everyone?!

I have 2 Mw friends, both assure me everyone squeezes out a bit of faecal matter

Mine feature in the immediate post-birth photos! nice

weeblueberry Fri 12-Jul-13 23:08:02

I asked the midwife and she said no. I didn't feel as though I had and DP swears blind I didn't but I'm still a bit hmm lol


I did a MASSIVE one during the latent stage, about 6 hours before baby arrived.

igirisu Sat 13-Jul-13 20:24:46

I pooed during childbirth yes, couldn't wee though unfortunately so had to have a catheter sigh and i honestly did not care! My bf said it was little rabbit poos! I kept saying "i'm having a poo don't look, sorry guys" and at 10 cm dilated i got up off the bed in a daze of pethadine, walked to the toilet across the corridor and locked myself in, what i thought was a poo i was trying to push out was actually my son, the midwives and my boyfriend panicked and made me open the door and get back into bed! grin

BotBotticelli Tue 16-Jul-13 13:47:54

yep, deffo pooed during the 90 minute push-a-thon involved in getting my 9lb 3oz DS1 out!! There was significant blackish meconium in my waters as well though, so to this day I just like to claim it was meconium all over my leg when I demanded that DH should grab my thigh and hold it back/up to help me bear down.

He frequently refers to it as 'that time i held your pooey leg' hmm

quickchat Tue 16-Jul-13 21:06:22

Yep, In an ambulance, on my all fours. I don't want to talk about it though!

CuppaSarah Thu 18-Jul-13 15:12:32

I had the squits throughout my latent phase bit, and literally could not hold anything down throughout. By the time proper labour came round(20 hours later) there was nothing left to poo. I think I did an elegant petite little turdette while I pushed though.

PearlyWhites Thu 18-Jul-13 16:37:37

Yes with dc 4 it was a shock !

hurricanewyn Thu 18-Jul-13 16:51:04

Not with DS but did with DD - I started crying "waah, I just pooooooeeeddd." The midwife assured me I didn't - kept saying she couldn't see it, as did DH.

I asked a few weeks later & he did say he'd never seen it, but there had been a very quick & discreet pad change while I was pushing.

Don't know why it bothered me so much at the time. Not like I hadn't enough to be worrying about smile

MamaChubbyLegs Sat 20-Jul-13 17:16:15

I didn't. It was the only thing I was prepared for!

I did wee everywhere though. Several times blush

Dylanlovesbaez Sun 21-Jul-13 11:48:46

I did afterwards. They were just about to sort me out when I felt it and smelled it. I cannot imagine what my face looked like at that point. Dp was in recovery room with dd so he didn't see!

makemineamalibuandpineapple Sun 21-Jul-13 12:33:16

Yes I pooed but ex-husband didn't tell me until a couple of years later thank goodness as I would have been very embarrassed. I think we were watching a woman giving birth on tv at the time and she did it and that was when I asked if I did it blush

TwoTearsInABucket Sun 21-Jul-13 13:46:45

Didn't poo with DS (was EmCS), Didn't poo with DD but kept saying I'm going to poo rather manically. I didn't, I had a baby instead.

But I did have a homemade enema after DS, as pooing after a CS and on lots of iron tablets was impossible. DH helped blush

91chloejp Mon 22-Jul-13 03:17:59

I love this thread. No one talks about thia at Mum's and baby's groups.

I had a water birth with DS so I know I didn't poo but my mum did tell me that while I was pushing she was thinking "please don't poo, please don't poo"

lookingfoxy Mon 22-Jul-13 23:12:02

I think I pooed loads with the first, I had been a constipated so the poor midwives had a lot to deal with!
Got induced with 2nd and had big poo that morning and had been regular so thought I might escape it then, but no chance and of course with me on the gas and air I started shouting oh it stinks it stinks, so no chance of hiding it from dp blush

GoshAnneGorilla Tue 23-Jul-13 16:54:52

I pooped. Only a little rabbit dropping, but as I was pushing out a very chunky Dd, I did not care. The midwife discretely wrapped it in some paper towel and threw it away.

gaggiagirl Tue 23-Jul-13 17:44:54

I didn't but DD pooed all over me when she popped out it was that black tar like stuff and was a nightmare to get off.

EugenesAxe Tue 23-Jul-13 17:48:42

I definitely pooed both times. MW said I hadn't the second time but I saw it in amongst all the blood and gunk on the sheet she removed.

No-one with a delicate constitution should be reading this!

Secretswitch Tue 23-Jul-13 17:54:27

I did with my second child. I birthed at home in bed. Midwife wrote in notes " diorhhoea x2". I would not have known otherwise as she and dh had grace not to mention it to me.

Msbluesky32 Tue 23-Jul-13 18:27:46

Yes, after two hours of pushing every two minutes its a darn miracle my bowel didn't appear along with it!

sweetkitty Tue 23-Jul-13 18:38:20

Pooed with nos 1 & 2, DD2 was a home birth DP cleaned the poo up. Nos 3 & 4 I didn't poo but I didn't actively push them out, it was more like my body expelled them in 2 contractions no bearing down and pushing.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Tue 23-Jul-13 18:40:59

I did.

And someone stuck their finger up my arse.

They never said why.

Msbluesky32 Tue 23-Jul-13 18:54:37

Imtoo they did with me too...and I asked...turns out I'd given myself piles and they popping everything back in. Nice.

sweetkitty Tue 23-Jul-13 21:16:20

Do they not have to check for tears/damage in your rectum?

First time round they stuck painkillers up my arse.

ImTooHecsyForYourParty Tue 23-Jul-13 21:17:38

Ahh. I see.
It was a bit of a shock, I tell you that!

Lutrine Sat 27-Jul-13 03:36:22

Only little bits as labour had begun that morning with a really good clear out! I put this down to the curry I'd had the night before until I realised the cramps were regular ha ha! My poor husband cleaned the pool we'd hired out and has not once mentioned its contents though!

chubbychipmonk Sat 27-Jul-13 23:11:17

Yep, both times.

Wasn't aware first time until DH told me.

Second time I knew I had done it & the poor student midwife who was obviously instructed to just quietly remove it & not make a fuss stood with it in her hand & a look of horror on her face! shock

DanceLikeJohnTravoltaNow Sat 27-Jul-13 23:15:58

I assume so, I felt the midwife wipe my arse anyway. Oh the shame, although I didn't care at the time!

audweb Sat 27-Jul-13 23:30:59

I'm pretty sure I did, mostly because I could hear the student midwife asking the midwife something about wipes/cleaning, and she replied, in case of/or for the faeces. I didn't care at the time, but I really wish they hadn't had that conversation because it made me and my OH aware (he was up the head end!)

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