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post #1 of 13
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So the nurse instructing our prenatal classes mentioned that she offers all her patients an enema when they arrive.  Talking to a co-worker she asked for one and the nurse said no.  So it sounds like it's up to the nurse on whether you get one or not.  Just curious if there are any disadvantages/risks to having one when you get to the hospital?

 

 

post #2 of 13

Spiritual Midwifery was all about enemas. I have heard that it can speed things along- going #2 of course and labor.  Some women hold back during labor because they feel like they are going to have a bowel movement.  It seems like a good thing to do.  

post #3 of 13

I was reading that there's no need to have an enema, but that it reduces the chance of a bowel movement during labor and can help the woman relax, which allows labor to progress more quickly. That might have been Bradley's Husband-Coached Childbirth book. So it's probably optional/preference kind of thing.

 

*edited to fix wording


Edited by FaithHopeLove29 - 3/27/12 at 7:16am
post #4 of 13

I didn't have one with my first and I think that I'm going to do one this time.  The pooping while pushing feeling was not pleasant for me and I figure an enema can't hurt. 

post #5 of 13

About 33 hours into labour with DS when MWs were talking "failure to progress" and hospital transfer I asked for an enema and one more hour since I could feel DS pushing on my bowels (not effective pressure). OMG, it was night and day. Contractions actually felt GREAT (like they were finally doing something) and it saved me a hospital transfer. The midwives noticed the change in my attitude and my progress and were comfortable giving me more time...he came about 3 hours later.

 

I have no plans one way or the other for this time around, hopefully I'll naturally clear things out before getting labour started, but if I feel any "blockage" I won't hesitate to ask for one sooner rather than later!

post #6 of 13

I have to add that one of the most difficult aspects of my daughter's birth was that I could not have a bowel movement afterwards.  It freaked me out because it felt like labor.  I did a small enema then and took stool softners.  It was awful- would have been much better to have an enema before labor than afterwards. 

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by thecountrymouse View Post

I have to add that one of the most difficult aspects of my daughter's birth was that I could not have a bowel movement afterwards.  It freaked me out because it felt like labor.  I did a small enema then and took stool softners.  It was awful- would have been much better to have an enema before labor than afterwards. 


I don't know, I always get diarrhea in the weeks before labor so I am totally cleaned out when it starts and I can never poop after birth either. Now I just start taking stool softeners right after the birth and last time I even had to use a glycerine laxative suppository. For some reason my bowels just shut down after I give birth.

 

post #8 of 13

im having a UC but i will do an enima because i dont want to poop in the birth tub.

post #9 of 13

i dont like the feeling of pooping right before the head comes down. it seems like the head pushes it out ahead of it. i have done it every time and this time i dont want to. i have been thinking about doing the enema in early labor but i also heard that it speeds things up and i dont need that either. so i am divided. i never get the empty your bowel thing before labor either. 

post #10 of 13
I was forced into having one with ds but did have one with dd. I preferred not having one.
post #11 of 13

Thanks for sharing your experiences with it - this isn't something one generally talks about IRL, and books can only tell so much (especially the ones written by men! lol.gif)

post #12 of 13
I'm doing one. I've done it both with and without and prefer with.
post #13 of 13

Having been to lots and lots of births (and currently studying to be a CNM), I have to say I was initially pretty surprised to see all the pro-enema comments!  I feel like I've been told so many times that early labor enemas are at thing of the past, but clearly not! 

 

So now I'm curious...What kind of enema are people doing?  I'm ordering my birth kit pretty soon, and I'm tempted to add in a fleet enema just in case.

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