Labour & Delivery
Written on 14 August 2018
Until recently, every midwife who came to the hospital was given an enema. Today, this cleansing procedure is not performed in all medical institutions. There are different opinions about its necessity. However, most expectant mothers and doctors believe that an enema during labor and delivery is necessary. It is usually done in a maternity hospital. However, a woman can clean herself at home. How to make an enema before childbirth?
During natural childbirth, a woman's intestines are constantly under pressure. Abdominal muscles are taut during exertion. During the expulsion of the fetus, the intestines are emptied. If there are dense faecal masses, they will become a kind of barrier to the path of the fetus, which will move through the pelvic area.
In addition to cleansing the intestines, an enema before childbirth tones the vagina and increases uterine contractions. Maternity activity is activated.
After the enema, an important psychological factor, the woman in labor can calmly and not afraid to be "ashamed" in front of the medical staff.
It was previously thought that a newborn’s contact with the mother's faeces could endanger his health. But many doctors pay attention to the fact that bowel movements occur at the stage of attempts. Therefore, compliance with hygiene standards will protect against faeces on the child.
Some mothers have painful stitches after childbirth. They make it difficult to visit the toilet. After an enema, women may not need to empty their bowels for 1-2 days. This will make it easier for her for the first few days after birth.
Be sure to give an enema during labor to expectant mothers who suffer from constipation. In this case, bowel cleansing attempts can lead to severe consequences.
A pregnant woman should ask her gynaecologist if she needs an enema before childbirth. It is better to determine whether this procedure is performed in the maternity hospital where the expectant mother is going to give birth.
If you decide to put an enema at home, you need to know when it is best to do this procedure. It is recommended to do it at the beginning of contractions or immediately after removing the plug.
Prepare everything for the enema procedure during labor in advance. Buy a bowl of Esmarch - a rubber tank with a capacity of 1.5 - 2 litres with a thin tip. Also, take Vaseline or baby cream. If you plan to do an enema lying down, find a comfortable flat surface, and prepare an oilcloth and sheets.
Enema requires a water temperature of +35 - 37 ° C. For a milder cleansing, you can add 150 to 200 ml of chamomile infusion to the water. To prepare it, a tablespoon of dried flowers of the plant pour 200 ml of boiling water. Infuse for 20 minutes, then strain.
When making an enema before childbirth, sometimes a little salt is added to the water, carefully dissolving it. Salt water promotes a more complete bowel movement.
Immediately after the enema, you can go to the toilet. All water with faecal masses should come out of the intestines. This will give you a feeling of complete relief.
However, an enema may be recommended under the following circumstances.
Micro clysters are sometimes used as an alternative to the procedure. These are medicines that can be bought in pharmacies. They are available in small tubes that are easy to use. The effect is felt immediately after introducing the contents of the tube into the rectum.
Some expectant mothers use rectal laxative suppositories. They usually contain glycerine. The candle should be inserted into the anus, lying on his side with his knees bent. In 10 - 15 minutes you can go to the toilet.
A doctor should prescribe medicines. Many of them have side effects and contraindications.
Whether an enema is needed before childbirth is usually asked by women who are preparing to become a mother for the first time. Most women who have already given birth clean their bowels before giving birth. This will save you from some problems and make the birth process more comfortable.
And although the practice of cleansing the contents of the intestine exists in most maternity hospitals, you can always refuse this procedure. Before making a decision, think about the following:
Now you have a basic idea of why are enemas given during labor. An enema before childbirth is an optional and desirable procedure. To a greater extent, its necessity is dictated by hygiene standards. Equally right are those who do the enema and those who refuse it since there are certain advantages in both cases. Therefore, every pregnant woman must decide which option is more acceptable and desirable for her.
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