Enema at eight weeks gestation

Patient

Q: I am 8 weeks pregnant and did an enema last night because I have been constipated for the past few weeks. After I did the enema I heard it copuld cause a miscarriage if done during the first trimester. What are the chances of a miscarriage if only done once and will my baby be ok?

Doctor

A:   Constipation is a common problem in pregnancy and some expectant women have been known to use enemas during pregnancy. Although there is an increased risk of miscarriage if an enema is done during the first trimester, the actual chances of miscarriage is very difficult to tell. If you experience any pain lower abdomen or blood in discharge, you need to see your doctor immediately.A good way to deal with the constipation during pregnancy that often accompanies pregnancy is to increase the amount of fiber in your diet. This is a long term solution to constipation. Add bran to your diet - have it in porridge or in a muffin. Include plenty of raw vegetables and fruits as these are a rich source of fiber. Prune juice is beneficial too. Psyllium husk is a good natural laxative to use

Related Q&A

Q: Is it possible for me to be pregnant? Are these signs? Is it too early to tell? I had unprotected sex on 12/16/16, an...

Q: I had my period from 12- 18 and realised drops of blood from 18-25.had sex on 5-10 but he produced outside .i feel bl...

Q: Hello, I took the morning after pill (19th November) whilst I was at the end of my first period and within two weeks ...

Q: Hi I had unprotected sex on my ovulation day or at least around that time. But I still had my period thirteen days a...

Q: On the poor advice from someone at Planned Parenthood (who I think was a volunteer and not a professional), about a w...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews