On 12/4/2019 at 2:52 AM, AliceInFundyland said:
Yeah. The more I learn about the "usefulness" of castor oil. I think that I too would thoroughly opt for an enema.
The idea of inducing gastric upset with the impending baby sounds hideous.
Is there any particular reason that enemas have fallen out of favor? (other than it is something being stuck up your butt)
Here in Belgium they still routinely offer enemas. I decided to go for one. I know it's normal to defecate when giving birth, but I get easily embarrassed and thought it would help me be less inhibited when pushing.
The thing is... when labour starts, it's not uncommon that it all comes out already anyway. Sorry if it's too much information, but the cramps I experience on the first days of my period often cause diarrhea. The same thing happened when I went into labour, and I have since then heard that my experience is not unusual.
Once I got to the hospital, I didn't think I really needed an enema anymore, but as mentioned above, figured I should anyway just for my own peace of mind. It didn't have any effect at all since my bowels were already empty, and once it came to pushing I was so preoccupied with the pain and the effort that I wouldn't have noticed if I had produced a turd the size of Joshley.