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Bear (down) with me here. This is not something to feel ashamed or embarrassed of. It is just plain physiology. Ya got a human coming out your V. Ya got some P in your B. Either it all comes out or none of it comes out. You wanna NOT poop in front of your midwife/OB/nurse/partner...or you wanna have a baby? Ya gotta let go and let gravity.

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Some people think that it will just be those with epidurals because you can’t feel the pushing as well...nope! Some people think it will just be the unmedicated ladies because of the positions and whole “natural” aspect of their labors...nope! (and wtf?)
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So, in case you didn’t know, birth is a bodily function. I personally think it is a friggin’ amazing bodily function, one that is worth any other bodily functions that come with it. Especially if those other things bring the baby closer...which they do. Not just pooping, but peeing (baby’s heads tend to have a hard time getting past the bouncy bumper known as a full bladder), farting (I mean...if you’re pooping…), burping, vomiting (hello hormones!), and making lots and lots of noise. #WooHoo
And yes, I stand by the “friggin’ amazing” part. Birth is not ladylike...babies don’t come out of crossed legs.

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Ok, so I know I shouldn’t make a claim like that because I am certain that *some* people don’t poop in labor. There are those who get out of the pooping-in-labor club on the technicality that they have c-sections before they get to that part of labor (but still totally part of the common, terrified-of-that-first-post-birth-poop club...#solidarity). And of course there are some who either don’t push in a way that makes them poop, they miraculously didn’t have any poop to poop at that time, or possibly they are magical princesses who don’t in fact poop because they don’t actually exist. But thanks for letting me riff off of the popular potty training book for a moment because I can’t read it without thinking my truth, Everyone Poops...In Labor.

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#BirthIsNotLadylike #Everyonepoopsinlabor #doula #birth

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