You've read every pregnancy book you can get your hands on and feel so well prepared for giving birth. Then your best friend drops this bombshell, "Ugh, it was so embarrassing when I started pushing and then pooped right there on the bed!"
Wait, wait, say what?!?!
As if your pregnancy dreams hadn't been weird enough, suddenly you find your self having nightmares about lying on the delivery bed, feet in stirrups, madly pushing out a poop while your doctor, nurses, doula and partner point and laugh. Of course while they pinch their noses shut.
This won't actually happen - all of us in the birth field have seen it many times. As for your partner, show them this blog post so they have the heads up too and demand that they act cool when it happens.
Tracy is a mother, birth doula and childbirth educator. She lives in the Calgary, AB area with her husband, three kids and her lazy cat.