The setting of the enema before delivery is no longer mandatory. Gynecologists have reviewed a lot and changed their minds, and some studies have been carried out. And it turned out, that we are in many ways mistaken about the benefits of enemas before childbirth. Nevertheless, not all maternity homes and women in childbirth refuse it, and there are reasons for this. So put an enema before childbirth or not?
Pros and Cons
The expediency of the enema before delivery was not discussed before: obstetricians-gynecologists were confident in its undeniable benefits. This is, first of all, the hygienic side of the issue. During attempts, the contents of the intestines almost completely defecate in 100% of cases, and this can not be called a pleasant moment for either the nursing staff or the mother-in-waiting. Moreover, fear of a "dirty" outcome may not allow a woman to push hard, which in no way contributes to the generic process. The second obvious plus cleaning - the intestine will remain empty and in the first day after delivery (if not immediately eat the pasta with cutlets), and this will greatly facilitate the "toilet" life of the newly mum, if it is stitched.
The absence of feces in the rectum facilitates the movement of the baby's head in the pelvic region, without creating additional barriers in the form of seals. True, recent studies indicate that if a woman defecates during the last 24 hours, then such a risk is reduced to almost zero. Another thing is when the woman in childbirth suffers from constipation and in the lumen of the large intestine the hardened fecal masses are probed - in this case the enema before delivery is mandatory.
The bonus of the appointment of the enema before birth can be considered its property to tone the uterus, that is, stimulate contractions and activate the birth process.
In addition, a very important factor was considered to be a high risk of infection of the infant in case of his contact with the mother's feces. However, modern western gynecologists deny the soil of such fears. Today it is believed that, with all hygiene measures in place during childbirth, the risk of infection of the newborn is minimal. Moreover, there is an opinion that it is after the enemas that it rises.
So all the same: an enema is the whim of medical personnel or a justified precaution? First, do not think that putting enemas on the parturient women is the most pleasant thing. Although, of course, it's better so than to wipe off all the feces and collect them in a special tray.
Undoubtedly, today you can already refuse this procedure, although it is by no means a fact, that the doctor taking the delivery will go for it. Nevertheless, if the idea of ??an enema disgusts you, try to agree in advance about how to avoid her appointment. However, think how comfortable and free you will feel in the process of giving birth, knowing that embarrassment with you will not happen.
If you are a supporter of cleansing the intestines before giving birth, then just the same question should be clarified with the gynecologist: maybe in the maternity hospital where you are going to give birth, enemas have not been put for a long time. In this case, it will be necessary to agree on everything with the medical staff or to put the enema at home before being sent to the hospital.
How to put an enema before childbirth?
If you put an enema before birth to yourself, then in the hospital you will only thank you. And you, perhaps, it will be more comfortable to do such a delicate operation without outside interference.
Put the enema before birth is not at all easy. Buy yourself a mug of Esmarch, and then it will be easy.
Prepare a solution for introduction into the rectum. It can be plain water or a decoction of chamomile. The main thing is a temperature not exceeding 37 degrees. Fill the mug with liquid, releasing air from it, and fix it 1-1.5 m above the level at which you will be. Do an enema before childbirth is recommended in the position lying on your left side or standing on all fours, leaning on your elbows.
So, grease the tip of the tube with cream, petroleum jelly or soap, release air and enter into the anus. As you inject fluid, you should feel the filling of the intestine. If not, then change the direction of the tip. Take care that no air enters the intestines. If you feel discomfort, relax, breathe slowly and deeply, stroke your stomach. It's good if you can help someone close.
You can go to the toilet immediately after the introduction of the entire liquid (1, 5 liters). If it seems to you that this was not enough, then you can repeat the procedure after 30-40 minutes, but only after making sure that all the fluid that was introduced earlier came out.
You should know that an enema can not be put up since the beginning of attempts, wherever you are at this time were not at home or already in the hospital.
If you still have any doubts about this, then consult your doctor.