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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?

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?

Pregnancy: Hi, do you have any other symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, r u able to pass gas? How about you see an MD for help. ...Read more

Dr. Mathew Chengot
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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


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I am ten weeks pregnant. I have had little to non bowl moment in three weeks. Even after enema?

I am ten weeks pregnant. I have had little to non bowl moment in three weeks. Even after enema?

See Dr.: Barely a BM in 3 weeks needs to be seen by the Dr. Especially while pregnant. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Are warm water enemas safe during pregnancy?

Would encourage you: To avoid unnecessary procedures when pregnant.

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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?

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

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Constipated for a long time now and depended on enema, laxative, etc. Now pregnant with 2nd baby and seriously constipated. Help!

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

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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 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?

See your Ob...: If you are in pain and unable to pass gas, you need to see your doctor. You may be right that it is just constipation but it could also be something more serious and require intervention that you cannot do for yourself at home. Best wishes! ...Read more

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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.?

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

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I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

I am 12 weeks pregnant with twins and had severe constipation. Is it safe to use a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) and how often?

Constipation: 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

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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?

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

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How long does barium enema take?

How long does barium enema take?

Check out: Radiologyinfo. Org for discussion about barium enema. May still need other tests such as endoscopy or ct scan of abdomen / pelvis depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've been having trouble going number 2 in the bathroom for five days now, is it ok for me to take an enema or suppository?

Yes it is ok: Yes if you do not have any other symptoms like nausea/vomiting, or persistant abdominal pain you can take a suppository anf if not suscessful than enema. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Will I have to take an enema before a rectal exam?

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

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The JBL bag holds alot of water but how large an enema is safe to take? Also, how often can I use enemas?

Enema: Enemas should only be used on rare occasions. If you use them regularly then your body gets to the point that you will only have a BM when you use an enema. I would recommend when you use an enema that it be no more than 8-16 oz of fluid. ...Read more

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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!

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

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I'm gonna have anal sex tomorrow. I bought two enemas. Should I take one tonight and the other tomorrow morning?

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

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If you enjoy enemas how often can you safely take in 2 qts.

If you enjoy enemas how often can you safely take in 2 qts.

This "enjoyment": Does not sound very normal. Consult your primary physician and he will direct you further. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to take a fleets enema after no bm?

Depends: Depends on usual bowel habit, diet, hydration, activity, other meds. Depends on other symptoms, e.g. Pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, etc. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a question is there anything like the enema I can take in a pill?

Enema: If you are constipated and have no urge to move your bowels, take a laxative by mouth. If you have the urge and can't move your bowels, then you work from below with rectal suppositories like glycerin ones or like dulcolax suppository, or you could use a fleets enema. ...Read more

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How long does a fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) take to work?

Soon: A Fleet enema (sodium bisphosphate) should work within 5 minutes. Most people cannot hold it longer than that. ...Read more

Enema (Definition)

An enema is the introduction of liquid into the rectum to evacuate the bowels[ principly the colon/ large ...Read more