To assess the prevalence of fecal incontinence FI during pregnancy and post partum, and to determine any associations with demographic and birth variables. Secondary analysis of primiparous women conducted during pregnancy and post partum. Women were asked at various time points if they had lost control over their stool or bowel movements, and if they were practicing Kegel exercises. Associations of bowel symptoms with demographic and birth data were evaluated. Women who reported fecal incontinence at 1 year were more educated than those who did not report it. No other demographic or birth data were associated with fecal incontinence at 1 year. Prevalence of FI during pregnancy and post partum is low and not linked to low-risk birth. Furthermore, when FI occurs it is often sporadic.
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Accidental bowel leakage is loss of normal control of your bowels. It also is called fecal incontinence. This condition leads to leakage of solid or liquid stool feces or gas. Accidental bowel leakage can occur if there are problems with the muscles and nerves in the rectum and pelvis. The large intestine also called the colon must be able to form and store the stool until you can get to the bathroom. The following problems can lead to accidental bowel leakage:. The most common cause of accidental bowel leakage is childbirth. During childbirth, the muscles and tissues of the rectum may be stretched or torn or your anal sphincter can be injured.
Before the birth a woman may have fewer, firmer bowel actions than usual due to the effects of the hormone progesterone which relaxes the muscles of the bowel - but also due to increased fluid absorption from the bowel, and the increased pressure of an enlarged uterus and baby. It is not uncommon for some women to experience loose bowel actions, just prior to or during the early stages of labour. This then can delay the first bowel movements during the 48 hours after the birth, and it may take a few days for bowel movements to return to normal. Any bruising, swelling and trauma such as a tear or episiotomy will add to this. It is normal to worry about opening your bowels after giving birth — but it will not cause further damage , and it is safe to do. Take your time, get comfortable on the toilet, lean forward with your forearms on your thighs and possibly raise your feet using a footstool. This will help to ease the discomfort and stress.
Has anyone been experiencing any kind of anal leakage? I have intermittently for the last couple weeks and up until today I thought maybe I was doing something wrong in the hygiene department. I googled it and found a few things stating it happens in the 3rd trimester and post-labor, but nothing about how to stop it. I am going to the doctor today and will bring it up, but I'm a little freaked out. Anyone else experiencing this incredibly gross and embarrassing phenomenon? Update - I saw my OB yesterday and he said while it isn't something he sees everyday, he has seen it. He said the pregnancy can change your bowels causing the leakage and it could also be the weight of the uterus pressing down. Unfortunately he could not offer a remedy - he chalked it up to another joy of pregnancy. My plan of action is wearing panty liners end to end and plain white cotton panties that can be thoroughly bleached. Comments from original poster 1 Comments from original poster 1 Load more 15 Comment advertisement Comments 14 BabyCenter may earn a commission from shopping links.