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Embarrassing bowel movements during childbirth: can I prevent this?

Question: When my first daughter was born, I unfortunately had an unwanted bowel movement and gas, which is still very embarrassing to me today. Now I'm pregnant again and am wondering, for example, whether there is any way to avoid this situation?

Although everything went very quickly when my first child was born and I was only in the delivery room for 90 minutes, I now somehow have concerns and fears about the second birth. What if I can't hold back the chair and a "mishap" happens? I'm scared of this incredibly embarrassing situation.

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Labor evacuates the bowels

Answer: You can count yourself among the lucky women whose stay in the delivery room lasted only a relatively short time. As a result, you are unlikely to be familiar with the various options available to facilitate childbirth. It is not uncommon for the stool to become softer or even mild diarrhea (in 20% of women) very shortly before giving birth. The baby needs space to come down into the pelvis, and the body responds by emptying the bowel. Because a filled intestine presses against the birth canal and constricts it. Therefore, in most cases, hospitals offer an enema to make the baby's way out easier.

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An enema does not have to be made, but has advantages:

  • If the bowel is emptied before the birth, this not only has the advantage that the child has "more space" and the contractions become more regular.
  • For most women, it is generally more comfortable when there is no more stool that can be pressed out during the birth process.
  • After an enema, you don't have to worry about spontaneous bowel movements during childbirth.
  • In the past, the enema was done routinely, today the woman giving birth is free to choose whether to use it.
  • If the intestine is very full or blocked, an enema before the birth is particularly useful.

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Involuntary bowel movements, gas and urination are normal during childbirth

If an enema is no longer possible, for example because the birth has already progressed too far, or you do not want an enema, that is no problem either. Involuntary bowel movements during childbirth are normal, this is nothing special for midwives and doctors, and shame is not necessary. The path of delivery in humans runs parallel to the path taken by excrement and air from the intestine. The midwife or nurse will simply wipe away the feces or urine and clean you up when it happens. At this moment you will have completely different worries than a little chair in the delivery room.

Important: Do not hold the chair back while giving birth. This could delay the birth and prolong the exertion.

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Look forward to your baby!

If everything has gone normally for you so far and there are no problems until the due date, it is more likely that the birth will go smoothly again. So try not to worry too much and enjoy your pregnancy.

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