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Way TMI but what happens if you defecate in the birthing pool?

(27 Posts)
outthere Sun 25-Sep-11 10:24:06

Sorry, I know this should probably be in the "Childbirth" section but I've been avoiding it recently because reading the threads there is doing me no good at all!

This is a stupid thing but I'm REALLY worried about it. I know that defecation is normal during birth but from what I understand the midwives are so discrete that you never really know if it's happened (I certainly couldn't say whether I did or didn't during my last labour).

But what if it happens in a birthing pool - do you end up sitting there amongst a load of disgusting waste or, even worse, sitting there among floaters? confused blush How do they deal with it?

God, sometimes I hate all this - there's no dignity allowed is there?! grin

AtYourCervix Sun 25-Sep-11 10:25:53

a little seive sieve-- strainer sorts it out.

AtYourCervix Sun 25-Sep-11 10:26:18

sieve? is that right?

TrillianAstra Sun 25-Sep-11 10:27:03

i before e except after c

I was going to say the same thing grin

yok2t Sun 25-Sep-11 10:27:19

I believe they swiftly fish it out with a little net.
No first hand experience here though as my waters broke early and I wasn't allowed in the pool. [not bitter at all emoticon]

AtYourCervix Sun 25-Sep-11 10:40:02

and if it gets really manky you might get hoiked out to empty it and re-fill - but honestly - it all gets a bit gooey anyway so I wouldn't worry too much.

Wallace Sun 25-Sep-11 10:43:30

I'v had two water birth and never noticed any floating poo. smile

Grandhighpoohba Sun 25-Sep-11 10:44:15

yep, I wouldn't even have noticed during my waterbirth had I not heard the midwife asking her colleague to pass the sieve!

Dartfordmummy Sun 25-Sep-11 13:39:37

My friend was asked to bring in her own sieve - she had to go to wilkinsons to buy a cheap one!!!

themightyskim Sun 25-Sep-11 13:43:42

I shouldnt be chuckling but I am, god pregnancy is such a dignified time in a womans life!! I often wondered about the poo business myself, Mumsnet, the ultimate myth buster smile

outthere Sun 25-Sep-11 13:56:49

Oh my God, that's so grim. I can't believe she had to buy her own sieve!!! Is it something my DH is likely to notice? confused blush

I'm hoping there'll be so much other goo and gunk that he won't realise!

MainlyMaynie Sun 25-Sep-11 14:43:37

We had to provide a sieve for our home waterbirth. Never used it though, I didn't poo at all, it's not inevitable!

saoirse86 Sun 25-Sep-11 20:17:20

In my antenatal classes at the hospital the mw told us that the birthing partner will be in charge of scooping it out. I genuinely couldn't tell whether she was joking or not! confused

dustyhousewithdustypeople Sun 25-Sep-11 20:21:12

I can remember one floating past me when I was in there, not sure who fished it out, I was past caring by that point! And I was sick in there, yuk.

Glad I gave my boy the best start in life grin

purpleturtletoise Sun 25-Sep-11 20:24:40

I think DH had to go fishing with a seive. grin

Restrainedrabbit Sun 25-Sep-11 20:26:11

I've had three home waterbirths and pooed every time! Each time dealt with swiftly by a sieve, DH did notice but he didnt judge or comment in any way. To be honest by that point the whole royal family could have come in to watch and I wouldn't have cared less smile

MyCatIsABiggerBastardThanYours Sun 25-Sep-11 20:27:31

The midwife very calmly and quietly sieves it out with said sieve there already on hand.

To be honest, the fact that I'd just popped one out was really NOT what was concerning me at that point!

ThatsNotMyBabyBelly Sun 25-Sep-11 20:32:09

DH said it it happened to me and he was in there he'd say it was him and "take one for the team" hmm

Couldn't have one with either of mine, probably just as well as DH and his sense of humour may have been fully appreciated.

FessaEst Sun 25-Sep-11 20:39:30

I didn't poo with DD1 (waterbirth)

DD2, I definitely did, and announced it very loudly blush. No idea who or how it was removed but ther's no floaters in the photos!!

I mentioned to DH that I was embarrassed about it after and he said he had thought no more about it (tbh, he's done his fair share of nursing me through various bugs so the mystery was lost a long time ago grin)

outthere Sun 25-Sep-11 21:54:24

God, DH and I don't even fart in front of each other. I know you're not supposed to care at the time but I distincly remember it being on my mind throughout 99% of my last labour... think this might be putting me off a water birth sad

I guess you could say I'm truly anally retentive... blush

DownyEmerald Sun 25-Sep-11 22:09:51

I think you need to start practising farting in front of your DH!

Caz10 Sun 25-Sep-11 22:16:36

Ha farting will sooo be the least of your worries! grin

Poo scooped by midwife, subtly with dd1, dd2 the midwife commented I'd been taking my iron tablets grin

Our pool room has very dim lights, v peaceful, but with the added bonus that you can't really tell what state the water is in!

iarebaboon Sun 25-Sep-11 22:34:05

But what if it's less than firm?

<sorry I just have to ask>

LoveInAColdClimate Sun 25-Sep-11 22:37:39

I am assuming that at that juncture the fairly immediate prospect of having my bits ripped asunder by another person's giant head is likely to override any worries I might have about poo...

Dutchie77 Mon 26-Sep-11 20:11:32

Brilliant question! Sure was wondering about it as well. But my sister in law said that the last thing you think about when you are giving birth, is what else is coming out besides your baby.

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