It's not the most comfortable thing ever . . . but I don't think I want strangers around for the experience!! It may be harder to do (given baby being kinda in the way) but I got into my tub & kinda on my side & did mine before my d&c last year. Dh was outside the bathroom door praying I could do it on my own so that his presence would not be required!! LOL It was a few minutes before the show got rolling ~ but I was able to get it done alone. It's not that bad when you can do it yourself & kinda go at your own pace & um, depth.
But - it may be harder to do with baby in the way so a nurse might be a better option for you in the end. Can't hurt to try!
I'm amazed it's required of you...I didn't think anybody did mandatory enemas anymore. My Mom is a veteran OB nurse, and she said the practice died off in the 80's after too many Doctors had them "expelled" in their faces....LOL! They definately are not standard practice around here anymore. I'm sorry you have to deal with it at all...but I'd vote for doing it at home if I had to...even with DH's help. Another option you could talk to your doctor about is taking 2 TBS of Castor Oil the day before instead. That is what my SIL does...in fact, she has used it to kickstart labor twice now...and it effectively cleans her out...it tastes disgusting (you could mix into oatmeal and eat it) but IMHO it would be preferable to an enema!!!!
Here is my experience -I did with my son in hospital, but the nurse was watching over me while I ran 100 times to bathroom (and made all sorts of comments)- very unpleasant :-[. I opted not to do with my DD at all but had an accident while pushing her out . Umm , that was embarrassing, but nurses and my doctor dealt with this situation very well, pretending they didn't see :-[. This time my game plan is to do it myself at home (if I have enough time and just deal with it.... I have to research the brand names of enemas ( guessing they have different names ???) So that is my experience.. I hope you can make the best choice for you.... Lots of love...
I had to do one to myself before a surgery one time, and it wasn't that bad. Not really messy at all. No real tips, just follow the directions.
I am surprised they make you do that too. Both times I was induced I didn't have to. Labor was enough to empty me out, and my doctor said no matter what you end up expelling something anyway, enema or not, when you're pushing. Labor truly isn't pretty is it??
Thinking of you Kel! Hope labor is nice and smooth!
I thought mandatory enemas were over????? Huh. Anyway, if you want to have one than I would say give it a try at home. In my case I had massive diahhrea (at home) as soon as I went into labor-an enema would have been totally unnecessary. Also, I could have cared less WHAT came out when I was pushing as long as the baby was included!
I can't believe that they are asking you to do that. So you pass a little poop when you birth! I'm sure they've seen it before! Why make a laboring mother go through more. UGH! You only have a few days left. Good luck!
Post by LukeLevismommy on Apr 6, 2006 18:58:08 GMT -5
Here is my experience with enemas! I had a c-section on march 15th and an enema was required before my c-section! I didn't have an option whether to do it at home or the hospital! I was told I had to do it at home! I just bent over the bed as much as I could and got my wonderful dear dh to help me! I was lucky within 5 mins I was in the bathroom and was flushed all in one bathroom trip :)! I didn't mind it considering it cleaned me out for over a whole week :)!
Mackenzie Taylor Kelly m/c 3/5/03 Kiera Rebekah Grace m/c 4/17/05 Luke Samuel Zion Born 3/15/06 Levi Noah Wilder Born 1/16/07 Praise Alexis Faith m/c 5/8/07 Twins: Zechariah Isaiah Benjamin m/c 7/23/07 & Miah Isabella Emilie m/c 7/25/07
Wow, I don't even know what the hospital's policy on this is...........or my doctor's either! Maybe I should find out ( I don't need any last minute surprises). I just thought the mandatory enema days were over. I can't imagine getting Dh to help me either - I'm pretty sure he'd get sick. Anyway, if you have to do it, I think I would just do it at home. I wouldn't want any nurses helping me with that. Whatever you decide, though, I hope it works out for you.
Married Dh Jan 2003 Missed m/c, "Sweetpea" June 2005 EDD Dec 30, 2005