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Can I Take An Enema While Pregnant
I'm 24 weeks pregnant and it's been 5 weeks, give or take a few days, since I've had a bowel movement. Enemas don't work. Side effects?
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
20 weeks pregnant and just had gallbladder surgery. So constipated. Is it safe to take an enema? Been taking colace (docusate sodium) and drinking juice. It's not helping.
See Dr.: Barely a BM in 3 weeks needs to be seen by the Dr. Especially while pregnant. Best wishes to you. ...Read more
Do you have to wait a certain amount of time to do a saline enema after a mineral oil one? Is this safe being pregnant?
Constipation: You do not have to wait a certain amount of time and enemas are safe while pregnant. The more important question though is why you are suffering from such severe constipation where this is necessary. I would schedule an evaluation with your obgyn for an exam. Increasing water intake and fiber supplementation should help ...Read more
Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!
Common problem: Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy. It is safe to use a fiber supplement, probiotics, a stool softener like colace, or a gentle laxative like miralax (polyethylene glycol). My concern is that the constipation was happening in between pregnancies (when things should have been getting back to normal). I'd like to know if your doctor has checked your thyroid function levels. Hypo-thyroid can cause constipation. ...Read more
I just found out I was pregnant a week ago I have no clue how far along I am but is it ok to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate)?
Not first choice: Preferable to use other methods first. An ultrasound can determine your gestational age ...Read more
Not a bright idea.: Try suppository instead. Enough fluid, avoid constipating food and med. ...Read more
I am 20 weeks pregnant, I have been having issues with constipation. I used an enema yesterday and went a little, now I'm in pain and can't even fart?
I need help with my severe constipation. I have not been able to go good for roughly a week. I ahve tried laxatives and an enema but I am so bloated and I look pregnant because im so bloated. I am only 15 and I have 2 hemeroids right now and tonight after
I'm 38, 3 mos pregnant. Constipation/strain/use enemas. Metallic smell to bm with slight blood. Today 3 mucus passed from anus- tinged w blood.?
Rectal bleeding: If this is definitely rectal bleeding, it may relate to some kind of proctitis, or colitis with inflammation that can produce mucus secretions and bleeding. Any unusual symptoms during pregnancy should be checked out with your OB to detect treatable conditions that may affect the pregnancy. ...Read more
I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?
Fleet enemas can be used safely in pregnancy but should not be your first choice for constipation. Constipation in pregnancy should be treated with the following, in this order:
1. Fiber supplement and increased hydration
2. Oral stool softener (like docusate)
3. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) or milk of magnesia, or other oral pro-motility agent
4. Rectal suppository (like bisacoidyl)
5. Enema (like fleets). ...Read more
I'm pregnant and very constipated. Stool softeners and prune juice ain't doing the trick. Can this be bad and are enemas safe?! what else can I do?
Safe laxatives: There are many safe laxatives to try if necessary. Are you drinking enough water daily? Are you eating high fiber foods? Talk to your doctor about whether she has a preference for dulcolax, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or a different product. Both are safe in pregnancy. ...Read more
I'm really sorry for this question my boyfriend put my anus 2 tampax 3 hour ago now I have horrible pain and can't take it. Can I do enema?
Is it OK, as an exception or say once a month, to take three small 5oz enemas in a morning for thorough cleansing, nothing to do with constipation.
Fiber not Enema: Careful, stretching your colon/rectum can over stretch it and cause adjustment and damage in the nerve receptors that control the peristalsis and sensation of going to the BR. Some people end up chronically constipated, always needing an enema. It is best to eat much fiber, so it naturally moves quickly. If a "toxin" was not absorbed over "miles" of small intestine villus, it will not be absorbed ...Read more
No.: Rectal exam as part of a physical exam, i.e. Insertion of a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum, does not need an enema. Anoscopy (insertion of a short tube into the anus to view the area generally does not unless surgical work is planned. Examination with a sigmoidoscope (rigid or flexible) does need enemas. ...Read more
How long does enema last, told to take it 1hr b4 leaving home for sig. Worried I'm going to soil my pants on the drive down!
Empty completely!: Your risk of soilage after a single enema depends on: type and volume of enema used, GI transit and irritability, baseline stool pattern (diarrhea?), whether anal/rectal function is intact, how completely you emptied after using the enema, how far/long you have to drive. No shame in wearing a pad for the trip--. ...Read more
I'm gonna have anal sex tomorrow. I bought two enemas. Should I take one tonight and the other tomorrow morning?
Enema use: Your colon usually keeps the rectal vault clear of feces until you are ready to make a bowel movement. Taking an enema the night before is probably not helpful because overnight, more stool may move into the rectum. It is usually sufficient to perform a single enema an hour or two before you want to be empty. ...Read more
This "enjoyment": Does not sound very normal. Consult your primary physician and he will direct you further. ...Read more
Soon: A Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) should work within 5 minutes. Most people cannot hold it longer than that. ...Read more