Post # 1
Poll question pretty much speaks for itself, but I went over my hospital’s birth plan options with my OB today and an enema is one of things addressed on it. My doctor seemed pretty indifferent about the need for it so it got me wondering about others’ choices/experiences in general. Did you choose to have/not have an enema? If you did, was it worth it or was it just another unpleasant part of the process you could’ve done without?
Post # 3
I didn’t have one with Moose, but I don’t think that it would’ve bothered me had I needed it.
Post # 4
Didn’t have one or even think about it.
Post # 5
I used to be a L&D nurse, and really thought I would go that route. I’m glad now I didn’t. There was no need for it, and with the contractions, etc.. It would have been even more to try to handle at the time.
Post # 6
I should add, you can always opt for one if you think you need it at the time. Early labour often brings on BMs and your body deals with it naturally.
Post # 7
No, it wasn’t an option I’d even consider. You’re already dealing with contractions at that point, and it was hard enough for me to sit still long enough to get an epidural. Can you imagine having the discomfort of an enema at the same time?!
Post # 8
My bowels evacuated themselves at the beginning stages of labor. Nothing came out of me but a baby during the pushing phase so I’m glad I didn’t consider an enema.
Post # 9
I thought I read somewhere that that was no longer common practice…risk outweighed the benefit.
Post # 10
Didn’t have one – and didn’t need one.
Post # 11
I was advised to get one by my boss and the thought had crossed my mind, but I didnt bring it up to the nurses or doctor when I went to L&D. I wish I had though, I pooped while delivering lol.
Post # 12
I wouldn’t do it. I don’t think it’s a huge deal if I poop while delivering.