Dear Diary,

Today’s #TMITuesday topic is a load of crap. That’s right. We’re talking ‘ish and shooting the sh*t! And no, we’re not discussing dirty diapers. We’re sharing way too much information about pooping during delivery. I didn’t even know this was possible until my cousin told me it happened to her. Ever since that conversation, I was so scared the same thing would occur during my delivery. It’s funny looking back on it, because I couldn’t care less that I everyone would see my private parts. But I did care if went to the bathroom.

Is this a common occurrence? Can it be avoided? My mother said years ago, pregnant women received an enema before having a baby.

She was shocked when I told her that wasn’t offered to me. I guess when you think about it, you’re pushing out a baby, so the grunts and groans are bound to call out some bodily fluids. I once thought this was gross. But after cleaning up a few diaper blowouts, well more like explosions, your gross threshold shoots through the roof as fast as the brown liquid shooting out of your baby’s rear end.

I didn’t care how it happened. I just wanted to know how I could prevent pooping during delivery. I’m not embarrassed often, but letting loose in labor would rank up there with the time I walked in a high school fashion show with my bra straps showing—not a big deal now, but imagine the cool kids cracking up in front of my crush. I was one of the cool kids, but felt like a loser that day! Funny how times have changes, but what isn’t funny is taking a dump and possibly causing someone to pass out. I didn’t take Lamaze class, so I couldn’t risk my doctor doing a dive to the floor. I caught up with a doctor from the same practice to find out how often this happens and how we can prevent pooping.

Hey DFTM Fam—Did this happen to you? I dodged a bullet, but sympathize with women who weren’t so fortunate. But in the end, who gives a sh*t! We also push out another package–a beautiful baby!  Join the conversation about all things pregnancy and parenting. Tweet us @dearmomdiary using #TMITuesdays

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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