The 5 Grossest Things About Childbirth


The 5 Grossest Things About Childbirth

Last week, we sold the changing table that we’ve used for all three nurseries. As the young couple walked out with it, rosy with the excitement that can only come from expecting your first child, my husband pulled aside the stranger-man and passed on to him some wisdom. Childbirth, he whispered, is the grossest thing ever.

The poor guy looked both terrified and intrigued. Jeff didn’t elaborate and certainly wasn’t asked to, but he had no shortage of examples…

1. The Mucus Plug. Aside from my constant vomiting and complaints of constipation, I think I managed to remain as ungross as possible for most of the nine months I was pregnant. Sure, my skin had some issues and I gained ten pounds alone thanks to a massive Nutella craving, but I wasn’t that bad. Once I lost my mucous plug, though? That nasty bloody booger like thing that kept my baby where he or she belonged? All bets were off. It was a sure sign of the grossness to come.

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2. The Placenta. Had somebody warned me about delivering the placenta, I would have been tempted to sign up for an unnecessary c-section. When I was done pushing, I thought I was done. But, no. I still had to push something straight from Alien out. The nurse actually asked if I wanted to keep it. KEEP IT???

3. The Shit. Not only does childbirth feel exactly like taking an enormous dump, but you will actually shit during it. Worst of all? You won’t even care.

4. The Episiotomy. If a woman’s body is built for child-rearing, you would think everything would just open up like a beautiful flower to aid in the process. No such luck. You may actually be sliced, from vagina to ass, in order to push that sucker out.

5. Your baby. I mean, your baby!!! Sadly, that beautiful baby you’ve been waiting to meet for nine months looks like something out of a horror movie. Not only is it covered with your insides, but it’s head is likely shaped like a cone. The good news? Your baby will only get better looking. You pray.


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  1. Kate Korr says

    Giving birth is the nastiest thing possible. With the constant leaking, pooing on the table [oh yeah, that happened to me] and having a woman cleaning me up after I gave birth makes me want to vomit thinking about it. Could you imagine having THAT job? I remember wondering what this random woman was doing just standing in the room while I gave birth but then she swiftly stepped in after my doctor was done stitching me up [again, another wonder of birth] and started cleaning. Um, thank you?

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    • Scary Mommy says

      No, I CANNOT imagine having that job. The joy of holding a baby during its first moments of life would be far overshadowed by having to wipe shit off of the delivery table. No, thank you!

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      • Amber says

        I’m a labor & Delivery nurse and there are definetley gross things about our job but I promise to be an L & D nurse you have a true passion for your job and the amazing miracle that it is overshadows the nasty stuff lol

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          • Jane says

            Former baby here, with an exchange enshrined in family legend:

            Mom walks into the hospital, in early labor with me. L and D nurse leads her to the elevator, only to find a guy cleaning it.

            Guy: I’m cleaning, here!

            Nurse: We’re just having a baby, here!

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  2. Zoie says

    This society has truly warped our view about birth that someone could write “I love birth stories. And once again I’m so happy I didn’t have to go through any of that. Thank God for csections.” Is this because someone else had to do the clean up?? Wow…just…wow

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  3. lisa p says

    hahahahah so right you are! I swear to god I thought my second (my son) was walking out of me…..Nope he just decided to look up and wink on his way out. OMG I tore like 3 different places and things will never be the same! I never remembered the after process with my daughter because dear god I had no pain relief even when the episiotomy happened that I swear I blocked it all out. But I do recall the “cleaner” lady that you refer to with my son and the matresses they call pads! Then the pain after the epi wore off and that lovely numbing spray ahhhhh

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  4. mrs.notouching says

    It’s worth it – I know… just wish I wasn’t eating while reading this.
    P to the S –> love the new layout.
    .-= mrs.notouching´s last blog ..Because… =-.

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  5. Cranky Sarah says

    I’m sure it wasn’t the last time he got peed on – though hopefully it was the last time by you.

    P.S. No, birthing class doesn’t necessarily tell you how messy gross it will be. I think my sister is still traumatized!
    .-= Cranky Sarah´s last blog ..My attempt at smokey eyes =-.

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    • Rachel says

      With my second child, they gave me a saline drip to keep me hydrated. I didn’t have it with my first, so I was completely unprepared, when after I pushed everything out, the nurse started palpating my belly to help the placenta out, and I peed everywhere! I remember apologizing profusely, and she just laughed and said it was ok. And then the baby peed all over everyone too, I choose to believe he was trying to make me feel better.

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      • Jane says

        Aw, a touching moment of family togetherness. <3

        And seriously, people who have to deal with blood and shit and death probably could not care less about pee in a situation everyone is happy about.

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  6. Jennifer says

    I love birth stories. And once again I’m so happy I didn’t have to go through any of that. Thank God for csections.
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Memory Lapse =-.

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  7. Doing the Mom thing says

    Great post! I love the fact that the husband got a little preview of the fun to come! I too lost all modesty when I was in the delivery room, surprising even myself when I allowed not only my husband and mom to get a first-hand view, but my sister, mother-in-law and sister-in-law too. I think both girls are still traumatized, but I came out feeling like a rock star. : )
    .-= Doing the Mom thing´s last blog ..She’s Still My Baby =-.

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      • Manda says

        During the birth of our fourth child, I ended up with four student nurses and five high school seniors in attendance, along with the usual staff.

        The girls were there as part of a healthcare careers conference, though I think one of them changed her mind after witnessing my 9 pound 4 ounce daughter come rocketing out of my vag like a cottage cheese covered torpedo.

        She seemed a little shaken, and asked the nurse if it was always like that, and the nurse brightly replied “Nope! That was an easy one!” :D

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  8. Shawntel says

    You are soooo right. It is the grossest thing ever. It was extra nice of your husband to warn stranger-man. I mean that with all sincerity. Maybe if more men knew how gross it was and were prepared for it, less men would pass out!
    .-= Shawntel´s last blog ..New Feature Over At "Tales from the Trail" =-.

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  9. Brittany at Mommy Words says

    Absolutely worth it Jill. I am a little jealous of that couple! The first time especially was gross, yes, but absolutely amazing to see that little baby! With Violet I asked to see the placenta because I didn’t see it before – it is so gross but the way it works is SO cool. I guess by the third I was ready to have the doctor show me how the nasty thing works.

    If you want to be even more grossed out by placentas though – google a Lotus Birth. Holy Crap!

    You made some beautiful babies!

    p.s. Love the new look! Did you upgrade your Thesis?
    .-= Brittany at Mommy Words´s last blog ..Run to the Sun…and Enjoy the Rain =-.

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