ᴘᴏᴏᴘɪɴɢ During ʟᴀʙᴏʀ The Glamorous Truth About Giving Birth A Pregnancy Don’t Know 

ᴘᴏᴏᴘɪɴɢ During ʟᴀʙᴏʀ The Glamorous Truth About Giving Birth A Pregnancy Don’t Know

Peeing and ᴘᴏᴏᴘɪɴɢ and other ᴍᴇssʏ ʙᴏᴅɪʟʏ Fᴜɴᴄᴛɪᴏɴs happen during ʟᴀʙᴏʀ. And it’s the stuff people really want to know but feel way too “refined” to ask.  For some women who feel the ᴜʀɢᴇ to ᴘᴏᴏᴘ throughout their ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, they likely have occiput posterior (OP) presentation going on. That means the back of the baby’s head was is pressing on your butt while her face is looking up at your ʙʟᴀᴅᴅᴇʀ ʙʟᴀᴅᴅᴇʀ. The optimal position to push out a baby is with the back of the head up towards the ʙʟᴀᴅᴅᴇʀ and the face looking down at the rectum. It’s just a better fit than the other way around.

Lots and lots of ʟᴀʙᴏʀs start in this OP, “sunny side up” position and through the course of ʟᴀʙᴏʀ, baby rotates into the easier, occiput anterior (OA) position. Not all do, though, and it can make for long ʟᴀʙᴏʀ with ʟᴏᴛs ᴏF ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴘᴀɪɴ and more pushing than if baby was coming out OA.

If you feel like you need to ᴘᴏᴏᴘ and your ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs aren’t back-to-back and extremely ᴘᴀɪɴFᴜʟ—you probably just need to ᴘᴏᴏᴘ. ᴘᴏᴏᴘ happens in ʟᴀʙᴏʀ in tandem with all those ᴄᴏɴᴛʀᴀᴄᴛɪᴏɴs as a natural way to clean house in preparation for baby. ᴘᴏᴏᴘ happens while pushing the baby out too and there’s nothing you can do about it. ᴘᴏᴏᴘ just happens.

If you’re at the hospital, in ʟᴀʙᴏʀ and feel a need to ᴘᴏᴏᴘ that you haven’t felt previously—tell your nurse. She’ll probably check your ᴄᴇʀᴠɪx before letting you up to the bathroom just to prevent you from delivering your baby in the toilet .If you’re not fully dilated or extremely close to it—go ahead and ᴘᴏᴏᴘ. You’ll feel better and that gentle kind of pushing might even help you dilate more. You don’t want to bear down with the full force you’ll need for getting that baby out. If you’re pushing that hard with no actual ᴘᴏᴏᴘ coming out—it’s probably baby pressure not ᴘᴏᴏᴘ pressure. You may pee a lot, too, especially if you get an IV at the hospital.

Whenever a ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ gets an ᴇᴘɪᴅᴜʀᴀʟ, we preload with at least a liter of IV fluid. Most ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛs get more than that. What goes in; must come out. And there’s also your water. Most women think that once the water’s broken—that’s it—it all comes out at once. Nope, it comes out continuously throughout ʟᴀʙᴏʀ. Gross, right? It’s all part of the glamour of motherhood.

Once that baby arrives you’ll be wearing all kinds of body fluids (and solids) without even wincing.

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