Enema???

Nikolette - posted on 08/19/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

66

10

4

This is my first child. I was reading and learned that you actually make a bowel movement while giving birth...this is news to me. I am a little grossed/freaked out by this. Does an enema really prevent this from happening? I really do not want to go through this embarrassment. My doctor hasn't mentioned anything about this to me so I don't know if I should ask about it or just wait and see if I'm asked if I want one or not.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

12 Comments

View replies by

Waltraud Hartwich - posted on 08/23/2010

12

0

3

I didn't have an enema with my first child, and no BM either, but I don't think I would have cared if it had happened - you're so preoccupied with pushing and so out of it from all the hormones floating in your body that you basically don't care about anything but giving birth. As the other mothers have said, the midwives and nurses are used to that and when your baby's born, you won't see any of these people again!

Janice - posted on 08/23/2010

11

12

1

I had an enema with the 1st but not the second, was pretty darn grossed out I must admit as I had only had the teeniest amount of breakfast and minutes before she was born at 17:47 comes this helluva BM. If I hadn't been in so much bloody agony, I would have been mortified!

Stephanie - posted on 08/21/2010

510

23

130

i didn't have a bm with my first birth, but i did with my second. it wasn't a big deal and it wasn't something i could have stopped. the nurse cleared it away, changed the pad under me, and re-cleaned everything. all in less than a minute. and it was back to pushing. in the whole scheme of our lives, and in all the indigity of birth, this is super minor. don't even let it cross your radar. :) there's plenty else to focus on in birth that is way more important. :)

Jessica - posted on 08/21/2010

95

26

11

I didn't even ask nor felt what may have happened. Same thing about nurses politely cleaning it up. I sure felt like I had to go while pushing though!

Tanya - posted on 08/20/2010

162

9

26

I'm up in Canada, and with my first that was not an option. I did end up having a BM, but I was told it was normal and it was cleaned up extremely quick. I was told that is happens all the time, and that I am doing something right. Within a few minutes my son was born.
Try not to worry about it.

Carley - posted on 08/20/2010

87

13

14

I am an RN in Canada and we dont anymore...it really depends on where you are, and who ur doc is

LauraBeth - posted on 08/20/2010

522

3

104

they still give enemas (I have two cousins that work labor and delivery on each end of the US), it might depend where you are at in the states, I am haveing a C-section so I do not have to worry about it.

Carley - posted on 08/20/2010

87

13

14

They dont give enemas here anymore cause they found it didnt clear everything anyways...if u r gonna have a BM, u will. Dont worry about it though--they really are used to it...they even say if you have a BM while pushing it just means you're doing it right!

Shawna - posted on 08/20/2010

85

8

13

My dr always tells me not to eat past 8 or 9 the night before.. BUT, I'm usually induced, so I know to be prepared. YES, bowl movements CAN happen because of the hard pushing. I'm sure the dr & nurses are so used to it, it is really no big deal to them. :-)

Felicia Neikolle - posted on 08/20/2010

488

46

71

I had this happen with both my priors b/c I can't have the enema. It really isn't that big of deal. It's not like a normal bowel movement and the nurses take it away before anyone sees it or the baby could be near it. It does make you embarrassed for about 4 seconds ... then you hear that cry and see that face and everything else doesn't even matter. Good luck!

Victoria - posted on 08/19/2010

28

27

1

I got an enema with my first baby and I felt alot {safer} during the labor process then I did with the second child /with no enema lol

LauraBeth - posted on 08/19/2010

522

3

104

they ask you if you have already went to the bathroom that day if not they offer you a enema, it doesnt happen all the time but it can. I would talk with my Dr about it and see what he says

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms