pooping on the baby
I pooped on my last one and it didn't feel any different than anything else coming out--TMI warning here!
I have IBS and labor with that one was like 3 hours total (unlike the 12 and 16 hours labors with the first 2) so my bowels didn't really have time to clean out and it just happened.
The midwife (different one and place this time around!) b**ched at me about it too (and about making too much noise and pushing wrong and my water splashing on her when she broke my bag and the baby peeing on her when he was born)--luckily I knew it wasn't uncommon or I'd have been majorly traumatized by the whole thing.
My Bradley teacher with the first one showed us her birth films as graduation and I still (11 years ago) remember that in her 2nd birth she was on hands and knees and her rectum gaped wide open as her baby came down--I thought at the time "wow, if her bowels hadn't been empty she'd have pooped all over everything"
Anyway, I'm hoping since this upcoming is planned to be a waterbirth for a quick but not ultrafast labor so that my bowels have a chance to empty--and not so long that I feel compelled to eat during labor because I know it will go right through me--I know people poop in the pool, but I don't wanna!
Oh, back to the original topic of what contractions feel like, I agree with the "different for every woman, every labor" concept. With #3 (the fast one) they felt exactly like those really bad gas pains that you only get when you're pregnant for the first hour or so--and then transition started and they were pretty unmistakable as labor pains--but with #1 and #2 they never felt like gas at all (if I'd realized they weren't gas pains with #3 I'd have made it to the hospital before I was complete