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#1 redmum77

Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:45 AM

Icky topic, and I'm going to ask my midwife on Friday, but I thought I'd see what peoples experiences were. Has anyone requested an enema for the early stages of labour?

I have quick ish labours, and the one and only thing that freaks me out is the poo. I had, and hope to have again, water births. So it floats around and needs to be scooped out..... And stinks. I would really like to avoid that this time. I thnk the speed of the labour is why my body didn't naturally get a movement before baby came out. Are the tablets you insert? Any info would be greatly appreciate and relieve my anxiety!

#2 w-emma

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:47 PM

Anyone? I have been thinking about asking for an enema too.

#3 CallMeFeral

Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:52 PM

I've always thought I would, but first time my body 'moved' itself the night before, so all was ok, and second time I had gastro that brought on labour, so I was all cleared out! (sorry TMI!)
I will consider getting one this time, as I'd like to try for a water birth too.

#4 beebs09

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:00 PM

I had 2 water births. I can't remember asking the second time or not for an enema. I think it sounds like a good idea, but I have a vague feeling the midwives wont recommend it for some reason.

For my first labor, most of my laboring I just wanted to get rid of the discomfort of a full bowel - which was tricky due to the pressure of the babies head in the canal. When eventually I did pass motion in the bath, the midwife efficiently scooped it out. I was able to get on with the rest of the labor much easier afterwards.

Second labor, I didn't have the same discomfort. I still passed a motion again in the bath. Again the midwife scooped it out. Honestly it's just an icky part of their job. It didn't phase me really. I did apologise for the ickiness of it afterwards for manners purposes. But a lot of childbirth is icky. All the blood, sac, placenta aren't glorious either. I wouldn't stress about it.

But by all means ask your midwife.

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:08 PM

I did my own :-)

#6 IShallWearMidnight

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:34 PM

my body has taken care of this on its own before my births

#7 José

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:40 PM

At my ante natal class someone asked about this.  They were told it wouldn't be done at this particular hospital.

#8 lady lady

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:52 PM

QUOTE (trishalishous @ 30/01/2013, 08:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
my body has taken care of this on its own before my births

Both times for the 3-4 days before my body seemed to "prepare".

#9 Awks

Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:56 PM

It's only poo. No-one gives a sh*t.

#10 belinda1976

Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:04 PM

As soon as you knew you were in labour could you give yourself a suppository (spell?)

Edited by belinda1976, 30 January 2013 - 11:04 PM.

#11 bakesgirls

Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

I requested one with DD1 and the first midwife I had said no. So, when she left for her lunch break, I asked her replacement, she said it was no problem, if I wanted one I could have one. She gave it to me, I took myself off to the toilet and was much more relaxed afterwards.

With DD2 and DD3, my body cleared itself out in the days prior to labour, so I had no need for an enema.

#12 redmum77

Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

Thanks for the replies. I know they might not mind, but I do. There's not one other thing that bothers me in labour or birth... But this one thing makes me stress, and that is bad for the labour at the end of the day. Like I said, my body doesn't seem to have time to do it itself!

When people say they sorted it themselves... Can you buy things over the counter to use? Or just glycerine suppositories?

#13 bakesgirls

Posted 31 January 2013 - 12:44 AM

You can buy suppositories and enemas at a pharmacy. You don't need a script for them original.gif

#14 Bart.

Posted 31 January 2013 - 06:30 AM

I PWP (Pood While Pushing) with DS1 but I was on the bed and my midwife (who is also a friend) caught it and removed it.  To this day I'm humiliated about the experience and wish I'd had an enema.  My friend told me a few months ago (when the topic came up) she thought nothing of it and hasn't since, it's just part of the job.

For DS2, the experience was almost as bad because I had gastro during labour and whilst I was able to empty myself repeatedly during the labour, during the pushing stage, I was cleaned out.  

I consider my bowel movements to be a very private event so I wish that both times I'd had that issue sorted out prior to labour.  I hope you can get one, OP!

#15 HRH Countrymel

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:00 AM

OK this is a really gross TMI question... but those of you who had the midwife 'scoop it up' I'm guessing this was a nice firm little nugget of poo?

My fear is that due to surgery I have had my poo is never 'firm nuggets' it is a sloppy stream of filth.

What will happen to me if I PWP?

I'd love to have a water birth, but I'm thinking it is probably out of the question....

#16 redmum77

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:40 AM

Oh it's so nice not to be alone in this! Everyone thinks I'm nuts to worry about it normally. I feel much like Bart about it all.

Countrymel it wasn't firm. I watched my sister give birth, and a little PWP, and it was very pale and just sat there, they wouldn't remove it! I said we shold wipe it off and they said not to touch her or she may go ballistic, and that it's fine. Far enough, she didn't care and it was all fine in the end. For me though I only knew of the smell. Then after the birth I complained to DH that someone had used the loo and not cleaned it and how gross that was. He informed me it was mine, from the sieve/scoop while in the bath, and it was very dark and messy (and that's just what was left in the loo). I nearly died.

That said, I'm not forgoing a water birth because of this. I'll just get it sorted before hand, or get over it afterwards if that doesn't work. I was hoping a bit of forethought might help the situation that's all.....

#17 Bluenomi

Posted 31 January 2013 - 07:50 AM

I know my hospital doesn't do them because even if you do, it doesn't always get everything out and you can poop during labour anyway!

I spend my whole pregnancy constipated so I knew I was in labour when suddenly I had the opposite problem. So much came out but somehow still more came out during labour.

#18 niggles

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:00 AM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 31/01/2013, 05:00 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OK this is a really gross TMI question... but those of you who had the midwife 'scoop it up' I'm guessing this was a nice firm little nugget of poo?

My fear is that due to surgery I have had my poo is never 'firm nuggets' it is a sloppy stream of filth.

What will happen to me if I PWP?

I'd love to have a water birth, but I'm thinking it is probably out of the question....

I was on the bed by this stage and really have no idea of the specifics. The midwives dealt with it and paid no attention to it. They just kept on talking me through what I was supposed to be concentrating on - breathing and pushing.

For a water birth I'd suspect an enema is a great idea.

#19 Sassy Dingo

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:14 AM

I've been worrying about this too. I'd be humiliated to poop in front of DH (he wants to watch the baby come out).

As I am 39 weeks tomorrow I am going to do an urgent internet order for some and hope they arrive on time. If anyone is interested and (like me) would be a bit embarrassed to ask for some in a chemist, I've used this site before and they're reputable:


#20 erindiv

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:20 AM

I did during both of mine and it made me angry, lol! I was so humiliated and furious with my body for doing that, even though I knew it was natural. The midwives joked about it, which I knew was their way of trying to relieve the tension, but it just embarrassed me further and I wanted to tell them to shut up.

Honestly they joked so much it started to feel like they were being rude... but that may have just been my labour paranoia Tounge1.gif

#21 Bluenomi

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:26 AM

QUOTE (Sassy Dingo @ 31/01/2013, 09:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've been worrying about this too. I'd be humiliated to poop in front of DH (he wants to watch the baby come out).

As I am 39 weeks tomorrow I am going to do an urgent internet order for some and hope they arrive on time. If anyone is interested and (like me) would be a bit embarrassed to ask for some in a chemist, I've used this site before and they're reputable:


He's going to see a lot worse than poop! Plus it's most likely you'll poop before then anyway  biggrin.gif

#22 lozoodle

Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:54 AM

To be honest its never occurred to me, even as I was pushing out DD2 and pooing at the same time I was totally aware of it but I just did not care. Poor DP copped an eyefull though Tounge1.gif

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