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Delivery Fears for First Time Pregnant Moms: Pooping during delivery fear or fate?

Jun 24, 2015


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Pooping during delivery is it fear or just fate. A majority of women poop during delivery and it is caused by strenuous pushing during delivery especially when the babies head starts crowning because it pushes on the mothers colon causing a brown baby to be born first or sometimes simultaneously.
   In medicine, we call this pushing a vagal maneuver. When you grunt really hard, the vagus nerve kicks in signaling a decrease in heart rate, nausea, vomiting, and defication (pooping). Epidurals, spinals during C-sections, and pain medication also decrease the movement of your bowles. As an anesthetist, pooping is the second most common problem during delivery that I see. The first is actually nausea and vomiting, which can be prevented with the No Mo Nausea Band. I wish the same could be said about a pooping solution. Instead, just think about that beautiful baby and you'll forget that other nugget ever came out.

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