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pooing during child birth... can i stop it :/

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ghostspirit Mon 14-Dec-15 10:48:46

embarrassing but i dont care going to say it anyway. when i gave birth to my son and my daughter before that. i pooed like mad like a pooing machine its very embarrassing. so is there anyway to stop it. i get really badly constipated during in pregnancy. so do i need to get that sorted and maybe then was i wont poo when im giving birth :/

any advice/suggestions thanks

FredaMayor Mon 14-Dec-15 11:11:01

You could ask for a suppository to help clear your back passage while you are in early labour, but passing a stool at that time is perfectly normal - your body is helping you make space!

ghostspirit Mon 14-Dec-15 11:24:24

freda thanks im having a home birth plus my early labour last like 10 mins if that.

yeah i know its normal. it would just be nice not to lol

lemon101 Mon 14-Dec-15 11:34:52

Hello! Get yourself some psyllium husks and add them to your breakfast cereal in your last few weeks. Do not exceed the stated dose!
You can get them from my and a little bag will last you the dose is 2.5mg). I have this everyday and trust me it does the trick!

GastonsPomPomWrath Mon 14-Dec-15 11:41:39

I wouldn't bother. I know you think it's embarrassing but they really don't care. If it's any consolation I peed all over the midwife delivering my baby 9 weeks ago. And it wasn't just a bit, it was a bucket full. Don't think I've done a bigger wee in my life!

ghostspirit Mon 14-Dec-15 12:26:34

lemon thank you i will give it a go smile

gaston i know what you mean but it would just be nice not to smile

bittapitta Tue 15-Dec-15 07:27:19

Eat a hot curry and hope it clears you out? If you are badly constipated pop to pharmacist or GP and get something for it now.

ghostspirit Tue 15-Dec-15 08:00:10

lol curry would not work lol... see how it gos. got a while yet

AuntieStella Tue 15-Dec-15 08:06:36

Once upon a time it was routine to give enemas to all women in early labour.

No idea what reaction you'd get if you asked for one these days.

(It was phased out, at about the same time as compulsory hair removal).

BeeMyBaby Tue 15-Dec-15 08:14:36

Don't eat curry the night before labour, you are likely to be more embarrassed (extra wind, pressure from baby might make everything come out) or at least that was my experience. This time I'm taking lactulose twice a day, starting to eat more high fibre cereal and plan to use a glycerine suppository when contractions start. I've not asked the mw about using the suppository but used one the other day (I'm only 35 weeks) and it worked out fine and I felt 'clear' within about 30 mins so hopefully should be ok during labour and should reduce any embarrassing occurrences (particularly if I have a water birth again!)

bittapitta Tue 15-Dec-15 08:16:21

Is it embarrassing in a water birth though? Don't they quietly fish it out? blush

Artandco Tue 15-Dec-15 09:04:13

Eat flaxseeds

whatdoIget Tue 15-Dec-15 09:20:08

I pooed but didn't even notice at the time. I had to ask my mum afterwards. It would be nice if you weren't constipated though op! You could try prune juice and/or dried apricots, or dried prunes

ghostspirit Tue 15-Dec-15 09:26:42

stella yeah i been told about that before.. early part of my labour last like 10 mins.

beemybaby that sounds like a good idea actually.

i dont think i cant do much on the onset of labour as it happens to fast but i could do the lactlose.

Fugghetaboutit Tue 15-Dec-15 09:31:45

Eurgh curry shit and farts during labour - good idea!!

I think I pooed but the mw gets rid of it quickly, it's normal but obviously not pleasant.

Felyne Tue 15-Dec-15 09:34:24

As soon as my waters went and I knew I was in labour I went for a poo before leaving for hospital. Made no difference, my body still managed to squeeze a bit out as the baby was crowning. It was only a couple of hours later too, not like my body had a chance to make loads more poo! It will probably happen no matter how well 'prepared' you are in advance.

hufflebottom Tue 15-Dec-15 09:50:14

I hadn't even thought of this. I have no idea I if i did with dd. Now I'm gonna be thinking about it this time round. shock

ghostspirit Tue 15-Dec-15 10:16:49

if i dont know then i dont care... but the last 2 times i did know... yuk

Tigs0609 Tue 15-Dec-15 10:23:02

I pooed during labour, eighth in the middle of the birthing pool blush. It took the midwife about half an hour before they fished it out. I was humiliated to see bits floating around me

ALongTimeComing Tue 15-Dec-15 10:23:15

I wouldn't worry about it. It's totally normal. Honestly.

TreadSoftlyOnMyDreams Tue 15-Dec-15 11:46:05

Colonic irrigation? grin Might bring on labour though so debatable if they would do it in late pregnancy.

Doublebubblebubble Tue 15-Dec-15 11:48:15

Eat something you know will clear you out... My go to is Fanta fruit twist (of all things) obviously there are no guarantees in this - fingers crossed! Good luck op x

ghostspirit Tue 15-Dec-15 12:33:36

im going to take something maybe lactlose to make me go regular. so that i dont poop out 9 months worth when its time to give birth..

Lillylou1991 Tue 15-Dec-15 12:40:31

I was worried about this... but when the time came i didnt give two hoots about anything other than getting my baby out! I defo knew id done one (or a few in the end pushing part)

Its natural. Dont worry. smile

magpie17 Tue 15-Dec-15 12:51:56

I happened to me and lots of other people, it's not pleasant but it is normal! I'm not sure there is anything you can do to avoid it tbh, I also had a fast labour and there was no way I could have done anything to erm, encourage, a movement because it wouldn't have had time to work. Console yourself with the fact that the midwives don't care and neither will your husband, especially if he's seen it all before! We joke about it now, it's fine really.

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