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Enema during pregnancy

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Enemas is the procedure of introducing liquids into the rectum and colon via the anus. The increasing volume of the liquid causes rapid expansion of the lower intestinal tract, often resulting in very uncomfortable bloating, cramping, powerful peristalsis, a feeling of extreme urgency and complete evacuation of the lower intestinal tract.

An enema is done for a number of reasons. Enemas can be carried out as treatment for medical conditions, such as constipation and encopresis, and as part of some alternative health therapies. They are also used to administer certain medical or recreational drugs.

Enemas may also be used to relieve constipation and fecal impaction. Constipation is a very common complaint in pregnancy. It occurs because of the hormonal changes associated with pregnancy. Also intake of iron preparations in pregnancy, add to the problem of constipation. Constipation has to be avoided at all costs in pregnancy as excess pressure during passing stools may lead to abdominal pain due to uterine contractions also excess pressure during passing stools can lead to formation of piles.

Enemas can be used as a last resort to constipation during pregnancy. However, they can be safely used provided you seek the help of a qualified medical practitioner.

The Truth about Enemas

Natural enema is given with castor oil but this is to be completely avoided in pregnancy as it may induce uterine contraction due to its strong purgative action.

Glycerin syringe enema is commercially available. Glycerin lubricates the feces and gently stimulates defecation. It avoids strong contractions and cramps associated with other enema (castor oil and soap water enemas).

Preferably, bowel movements should be improved in pregnancy and enemas should be avoided as far as possible. Before resorting to enema as a means of relieving constipation during pregnancy, you should employ natural means of eliminating constipation. You should drink plenty of water and fluids. You should exercise regularly. A walk during pregnancy is most beneficial.

You should also take plenty of salads and green leafy vegetables, whole grain and pulses. Make sure that you eat fruits instead of juices and brown bread instead of white as this adds fiber to diet which in turn adds bulk to stools.