The Dirty Truth About Pooing During Labour

There are times during my pregnancy when I peed my pant, my excuse was always to smile at the enquiring looks of strangers and say “my water just broke” but my biggest fear was pooing during labour. I knew eating light foods and snacks will help energise you during labour, but what if I eat and end up pooing while thinking I’m pushing out the baby? My husband wouldn’t stop making fun of me if that happens. Anyway I made it through labour without pooing, but it’s quite common for women too poo while in the labour room.

Eating during labour will indeed energise you and better help you cope with the ordeal of labour, choose carbohydrates like bread, bananas, cereals or plain biscuits or crackers instead of surgary foods and don’t become heavily fed.

Although this may lead to pooing and urinating during labour, don’t panic! It’s normal after all they both use the same muscles. Moving around, going back and forth can help speed up delivery.

Forget dignity and any sense of what is proper, throw all that out the window when you are in labour, it’s common for babies to come out and for poo to follow. The nurse/doctor/midwife attending to you won’t bat an eyelid before she quickly cleans up since that wouldn’t be the first time such is happening.

And even if you poo or urinate while in labour, when your baby comes out, no one would remember that part. And if you really want to reassure yourself that it’s not so weird to poo hot poo during labour, ask other mothers. You’ll probably be told that it happens to most mothers, the knowledge that you are not alone in this may help you relax.

But in a bid to make sure you don’t poo during labour, you might be tempted o take laxatives, don’t do it! If you’re so embarrassed about pooing during labour, think about this, wouldn’t having diarrhoea during labour be worse?

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4 Things You Can Blame On Pregnancy

Tell me, did you ever use pregnancy as an excuse to get out of a situation you don’t want to be in? Well I did! But seriously, it’s the only reward you get during pregnancy that is, until you give birth to your baby. One look at your bump and people will let you off. I didn’t have to queue to enter BRT bus, even in banks, men take one look at me and allow me get to the front and do my transaction like fast fast.

It makes all the pains and sores of pregnancy a little more bearable, and here are some of the things we blame on pregnancy;

Pregnancy brain

This is the short form for forgetfulness. If you’re pregnant and you forgot to do something or how to do it, don’t worry people won’t blame you, they’d blame it on pregnancy brain. My MIL heard my husband blaming me for forgetting to put his packed lunch in the car, you can’t believe she berated him, “don’t you know she’s pregnant? Pregnant women have a tendency to forget” Since then, I made forgetfulness my excuse, and he was quick to let things go, funky yeah?

Weird food combinations and cravings

Trust me, every unhealthy food that I wouldn’t eat on a normal day without being questioned is what I eat when I’m pregnant, I especially loved “nzu (chalk)” and cold water, garri and groundnut and no one can take them from me. Some women hate eating the foods cooked by their hand during pregnancy, they’d rather they eat their neighbour’s food or one cooked by someone else but them. Did I tell you about how I loved eating rice and okro? Which I would normally not eat.


Not engaging in any strenous activity

If you don’t want to wahala yourself, pregnancy is your best excuse, “Eh! Can you please help me sweep the floor, I can’t bend” Even strangers become generous when they see you are pregnant, “let me help you carry that bag” they’ll offer to help because it looks heavy”. Even though you might be overwhelmed by the attention and everyone being at your beck and call, don’t get used to it, because it’s not healthy. To be strong you need to move around and work.

Body aches

Your ribs may hurt, your body may ache and you may constantly need a pain relief medication. For me, my legs were always swollen, so I’d beg hubby for a massage, with my leg stretched on the table I’ll relax and have dear hubby minister to my needs, after all it’s our baby. If I’m good, I get a body massage too.

But pregnancy can do mean things to someone, your back will hurt, your legs may ache and your feet will be all swollen, there will be times when you’d need help standing up from the chair and you may be waddling like a whale instead of walking.

At the end when you sight and hold your wriggling baby in your hands, your joy will know no bound, and all the pains will be forgotten. Meanwhile, use pregnancy to get some pampering, but don’t be lazy!

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