Bowel movement during labor?

January 26, 2012 12:00 AM

Q: Is it true that people can have a BM during labor?

A: This is one of the most common qestions women ask their physicians. Patients want to know if we still give enemas at the hospital. I inform patients that many practitioners no longer give enemas before labor. Many patients have a BM during labor because the same muscles that allow you to have a BM are those that are being stimulated during birth. I tell patients that it is normal and yes your doctor is used to it. Once patients hear that it is rather common, they feel less distressed about the issue.

Dr. Somi Javaid, OB/GYN; Co-Founder MamaDoc

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