Mum shares a little secret her birth coach told her before her first child was born.
Nancy Redd tells TODAY that when was pregnant with her first child, her birth coach told her some secrets about labour to help prepare her for what was going to happen.
“She said, ‘You need to listen to (me) and listen good. You are going to feel like you need to poop, and you are going to poop … Just relax and act like you are on the can and you’ll be fine,’” Ms Redd, 36, of New York City, told TODAY.
“If women poop during the delivery they are using the right muscles,” said Dr. Christine Greves, a doctor at the Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology at Orland Health.
Ms Redd was surprised, but she felt relieved someone told her about it.
“I was luckily prepared,” she said.
The mum shared her story because she wants to destigmatize pooping during labor.
“You might poop, and I want you to know it is OK,” she said. “I would like to live in a world where we are confident and comfortable.”
It’s extremely common, because the muscles used during labor are the same as used during defecation.
It is also good for your baby!
“Babies are born with a sterile gut. They don’t have any bacteria in the large intestine,” Tracy Shafizadeh, director of scientific communication at Evolve BioSystems, told TODAY.
As the baby travels through the vaginal canal she’s exposed to mum’s bacteria. When mum poops, baby can pick up important gut bacteria, Shafizadeh said.
“We think ‘Oh god I don’t want people to see me poop,’” said Shafizadeh. “But that is how mom’s bacteria can be transferred to baby.”
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