Colonic Irrigation when Pregnant


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Pregnant women should not have any colonic irrigation treatments. This is because the process can stimulate premature uterine contractions. This can sometimes lead to giving birth to the child before it has developed enough to survive in the outside world. This can be a massive stress for the mother and the child alike. If the baby survives premature birth, it still may have to remain in hospital for months to be cared for by professionals and kept in an incubator to allow the development that was not done in the womb. Many parents find this very upsetting, as they are unable to take care of their own child or take it home.

During pregnancy, many women experience bowel problems, such as constipation and might, therefore, desire colonic irrigation more to relieve such issues. However, even though some clinics may offer colonic irrigation to expectant mothers, it should be avoided at all costs. To relieve the problems in a safer way, you should consult a health care professional, such as a nurse or your GP, who may be able to recommended a better course of action. This may include taking fibre supplements or constipation relief medication that is proven to be safe for both the mother and the unborn child.

Colonic irrigation after childbirth

If you had a normal childbirth (as opposed to a caesarean/C-section or a birth with complications), you are able to undergo colonic irrigation between 10-12 weeks later. The decision at this point is up to you if you feel that your body has recovered enough from the birth to undergo such as treatment. You should take into account if your stitches have healed and if you are not totally sure, seek advise from you GP or a nurse.

Colonic irrigation when nursing

You are able to have colonic irrigation treatments whilst you are nursing, so long as it is after 10-12 of giving birth.


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