The need to push harder than you’ve ever pushed before – Your childbirth experience is likely going to come attached with a nurse cheering you on to do just that. It is only natural that the human body responds in certain ways to such an intense activity.
Many mothers actually push so hard that they end up pooping during delivery. This is a normal occurrence, and nothing to be ashamed of, but there are plenty of tips that you can utilize if you would like to avoid this during your childbirth experience.
How to Avoid Pooping During Labor
#1 Increase Your Fiber Intake
During your pregnancy, it is wise to increase your fiber intake. Fiber is what keeps you regular, and it also decreases your chances of becoming constipated. Start slowly by incorporating fiber-rich foods into your diet. If you up your intake too quickly, this can cause discomfort and bloating.
Some food options are fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Lentils, broccoli, bananas, and almonds are all very rich in fiber. Not only will you remain regular with your bowel movements, but you will also lessen your risk of high blood pressure during your pregnancy. It is recommended that you work your way up to about 25-30 grams of fiber per day. Supplements can also be taken to ensure that you are meeting your dietary needs.
#2 Frequent the Toilet
If you feel the need to go, then go! The body will naturally begin to cleanse itself, and this could mean multiple trips to the toilet. Allow yourself to poop whenever possible.
It may seem tedious, but it will make for a much more comfortable delivery. You will also be more likely to be empty during the times when you will have to push. Even when you begin early signs of labor, it is still recommended that you get up and try to poop as much as needed.
#3 Opt for Light Meals Only
On your delivery date, make sure that you are consuming foods that will be easy for you to digest. While it may be tempting to give into your cravings, having a lighter meal is going to make for a more comfortable delivery experience.
Even if you are starving, pre-labor is probably not the best time to load up on red meat such as steaks and burgers. Instead, opt for easily digestible protein-rich foods, soups, and smoothies. You will be able to reward yourself with a larger, hearty meal after the delivery.
#4 Consider Laxatives or an Enema
This method is a bit more extreme than the rest, but if you want your stomach to be completely empty during the delivery, you can take a laxative. Of course, this will mean a nearly-instant bowel movement to empty your insides, possibly more than one. Consult your doctor to see if this option would work for you.
Another option is to get an enema. This will make sure that you are completely empty by way of a small procedure to expel all contents. Liquid or gas is inserted by way of your rectum, and then the bowel will begin to empty.
#5 Inducing Labor
While you may not be in control of this decision, try to have the most naturally spontaneous birth possible. If you are induced, your body may not be receiving the same cues and controls as it would on its own naturally. Because of this, you will be more likely to have an accident when you are pushing during the delivery.
While induction cannot always be avoided, it is something that you can keep in mind if you are given the choice.
#6 Iron Levels
If you are taking any supplements, make sure that you note how much iron you are receiving. Your iron intake could potentially be causing you constipation or other problems with bowel movement that can affect what happens on your delivery date.
If you still need to maintain your levels, look into more natural ways to receive iron or consider taking “non-synthetic” iron. When you are pregnant, your body can increase its blood volume by up to 50%. This can leave you feeling fatigued, dizzy, or even weak if you are not properly nourished. Ensuring that you have just the right amount of iron will keep you feeling your best during your pregnancy.
#7 Stay Calm
Stop worrying! It is easier said than done, but worrying about if you will poop during your delivery can actually increase the chances of it happening. Soothe yourself by listening to your favorite music or reading during the early stages of labor.
Going into the experience with a relaxed mindset is going to be most beneficial for you and for your baby. With this open mind, you won’t be so hard on yourself if you do end up pooping. No matter what happens, your body is going to respond in the most natural way that it sees fit, and this is nothing to be embarrassed about. Continue on and pretend that it never happened, because that is likely what the medical staff will do as well.
Always Consult a Doctor if you Have Any Concerns
If you are preparing for labor and you notice anything inconsistent or off, it is important that you tell your doctor right away. Normally, any sort of digestive issues can sort themselves out within 24 hours, but if a problem persists, it is wise to schedule a consultation.
Note that these issues may occur for several reasons from what you have been eating to where you have been traveling. Overall, the best thing to do is drink plenty of water to cleanse your system and consult your doctor for advice when necessary.
Do you have any stories about pooping during labor? Or are you concerned about it happening? Share your views in the comment section below.